QUALIFICATION STANDARDS: Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, VA Handbook 5005, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0180. Qualification Standards are available for review in HRMS.
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
Education: Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in Psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
Licensure: Psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice pschology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia.
Experience: GS-13 Applicants must possess two years of professional experience appropriate to the specialty area of the position equivalent to the next lower grade level (i.e clinical experience comparable to two years of employment as a psychologist).
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: The experience must indicate the applicant's ability to perform the duties of a psychologist in the area of work and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade for which being considered.
QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: The required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for a position. Your record of education and experience must clearly demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of the position. The primary consideration is the quality and level of experience. Part time experience will be prorated in calculating the amount of qualifying experience.
Time in grade restriction apply.
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
The critical element identified below will be used as the basis to determine the best-qualified applicants.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
You must meet time-in-grade restrictions by the closing date of this announcement.
You will be required to make occasional travel.
Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.