This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  12-770696-CJM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$91,141.00 to $118,481.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 8, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Oxnard, CA United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 770696 (Include # on all documents)

Functional Statement #071480

Position may be filled temporarily pending review by a Professional Standards Board.  Salary is based on credentials and experience.

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 .  


Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more


  • 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
  • Current licensure as a Psychologist required.





DUTIES:  The full performance of this position is GS-13 and is located at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Port Hueneme (Oxnard).  The incumbent of this position is licensed at the doctoral level, practices independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate and is expected to visit other Greater Los Angeles sites in addition to their assigned site.  Provides psychological services 90% of the time emphasizing a variety of mental health services to veterans   including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care to patients diagnosed with a variety of mental disorders including but not limited to dual diagnosis disorders, adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic street disorder (PTSD), thought disorders problems related to Trauma Brain Injury (TBI) or other medical condidtions as well as Axis II disorders.  May be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities, in the design and implementation of programs for veterans and place special emphasis on the use of evidence-based techniques.  The role also encompasses the coordination, development and promotion of programs emphasizing group and individual treatment and other psychological treatment modalities for the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse using community resources when available.  Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team and facilitates liaisons with other mental and physical health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.  Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).   


Tour of Duty:  Mon - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (weekends and evenings possible)


BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  In accordance with VA Handbook 5005/12, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G(1)(a)(2) dated 08/12/05 and VA Handbook 5005/15, Appendix G18 dated 3/17/06, to qualify for appointment, applicants must meet all the following:

CITIZENSHIP:  U.S. citizenship. 

EDUCATION:    a) A doctoral degree from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  AND b) Completion of a professional internship training program that has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  Transcripts for the doctoral degree are required at time of application.

LICENSURE:  Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a state, territory, commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico) or District of Columbia. 

EXPERIENCE:  One year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) is required.  NOTE In lieu of professional psychologist experience, candidates may also qualify based on completion of a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship program.   

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.

NOTEIn order to qualify for this position, your application and CV/resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.  Your application and CV/resume are the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough application and CV/resume that directly relates to this position.  Ensure to include the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11, 40 hrs/week.




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. 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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: 770696.  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 Wednesday, November 28, 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
  3. Occupational Questionnaire.
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.   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  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
  7. Transcripts, official or copies, showing doctoral degree and date received.
  8. Copy of Psychologist license.


Carla May
Phone: (310)478-3711x42946
Agency Information:
VHA Greater Los Angeles HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resources 10A2
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


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: 330767900
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