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Job Title:  Psychologist- Domiciliary
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  GF-12-LST-781724-MHC Backfi

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 05, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Gainesville, FL United States
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 781724 (Include # on all documents)  There is one vacancy for a Psychologist at the Domiciliary which is part of NF/SG VHS, Gainesville Florida.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  


No relocation expenses are authorized for this position.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


The incumbent serves as the Psychologist of the Residence at The HONOR Center Domiciliary, a 45 bed Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) program.  The Residence is a Mental Health  Residential  Treatment Program (MHRRTP) which assists homeless Veterans for long term transition to independent living. It is designed to address the economic, occupational, medical and mental health issues of homeless Veterans in a comprehensive manner.  While providing many supportive services in-house, the Residence also coordinates services with the main facility of the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, the VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program and with community resources.  The Residence is located in the community about 10 minutes from the main facility.


Skills:  Applicants should possess excellent time management skills,  They should possess excellent communication and negotiation skills to address the demands of the position.  Applicants should be proficient in Recovery Model principles.  They should be comfortable and proficient in providing individual therapy and in facilitating psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic groups.  Applicants should be proficient in writing psychological reports, psychosocial assessments, chart notes, and treatment plans and summaries.  Applicants should be competent in data collection  and compiling for required reports. Abilities:  Applicants should be able to prioritized their work appropriately and should seek consultation as needed to deal with difficult cases.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate leadership abilities within a respectful, interdisciplinary team format and should be self-motivating to seek out and complete work assignments.  Applicants should be familiar with VA and Psychology Service policies and procedures and should be able to follow protocol while maintaining necessary flexibility to overcome any barriers to providing services to Veterans.  Attitudes:  Applicants should exhibit excellent customer service skills toward both patients and coworkers.  Applicants should remain positive even during times of high levels of stress.  Applicants should be able to work collegially in a team setting with all other professions and should demonstrate tolerance and respect of those with different opinions and/or attitudes, and if having difficulty doing so will seek guidance and feedback from assigned supervisor.



  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a college or university whose curriculum in Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS



QUALIFICATIONS :   Candidates must be citizens of the United States.    Basic Requirements - Education:   (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)   Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a college or university whose   curriculum in Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and must have completed an internship in professional psychology at an institution whose curriculum is accredited by the APA.  For the full performance level, must have completed at least two years of supervised postdoctoral experience and must be licensed for independent practice as a   psychologist in a US state.  


SPECIALIZED   EXPERIENCE:   To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower   grade level.  In addition to the basic requirements above for the full performance level, applicants must have two or more years of clinical experience comparable to what one would get in a VA setting, either by post-doctoral employment or two years of employment as a Psychologist. Time-in-grade requirements must be met.  






1.        Knowledge and skill in specialized psychological assessment, diagnostic, and treatment methods specific to men and women patients with behavioral-health and general mental-health concerns.  


2.        Ability to carry out education and training in psychological principles, theories, methods, and techniques both to psychology trainees and to co-workers.


3.        Skill in working with multidisciplinary treatment teams.


4.        Document ability to handle complex work assignments and ability to manage time appropriately when faced with demands from multiple sources.


5.        Ability to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying levels of understanding.    Should demonstrate excellent customer service skills toward both patients and co-workers.


References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix  G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at (or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 781724.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 07, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire .
  4. Transcripts.
  5. Copy of current license if applying for the full performance level. (GS-13)
  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  7. If prior military service, include Member copy 4 of your  DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  8. If currently employed in the Federal  system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


James Wing
Phone: (352)376-1611x5082
Agency Information:
VHA North Florida South Georgia Gainesville
Malcom Randall VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.



Control Number: 330592700
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