This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  NOL-13-785420-SAO-509

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 15, 2012 to Thursday, December 06, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Baton Rouge, LA United States
New Orleans, LA United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number: 785420

Functional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management.  This position is located in Ambulatory and Primary Care Service

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Number of Vacancy: 1  

NOTE: This position requires the completion of the Credentialing process. 


  • Subject to background/suitability investigation


This position is a clinical Psychologist.  The individual will perform Compensation & Pension (VHA C&P) evaluations for veterans requesting or receiving service-connection for disabiliyties related to TBI, Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or other mental disorders based on requirements listed in the 2507 recevied from the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO).  The Psychologist perform the required examination and/or provides the requested opinion necessary to make a decision on a veterans' claim for service-connected disability.  The incumbent is required to perform a clinical interview and determine diagnoses based on DSM-IV criteria. The Psychologist may also be requested to conduct competency evaluations and psychological testing.  The Psychologist will perform the examination using the current established guidelines published by the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) and Disability Evaluation Management Office (DEMO).  These examinations are for use by the regional office VBA for rating purposes only and there is no treatment involved.  The examiner will enter evaluations into a computer based program.  All examination findings are to be completed, reviewed and released in a timely manner in accordance with medical center policy.  All examinations will require reivew of claims folder; the VA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS); or other pertinet medical records.  The Psychologist will be able to use CPRS and/or Capri as needed.


Basic Requirements.

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. Education

1. Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The speciality area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


2. Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: 1. new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirment, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Center office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and 2. VHA facilities who offered full one year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.

Grade Requirement GS-13

(a) Licensure

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 the District of Columbia.

(b) Experience. In addition to the basic requirement at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of exprience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

b. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions. (P.L. 95-201).

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. This is a testing designated position.


You will be evaluated on the detailed information submitted in your resume that reflects your knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to meet the qualification of this position.


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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  In addition to the traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to healp balance work and life. For more information please visit us at the



PBI Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBI5). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

Eligibles: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and S CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page https:/ using the following 5002032.

2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

3. Evidence of Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must submit your DD Form 214 or an SF-is, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference with appropriate supporting documentation.

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS. After applying, return to USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

Applying Via Fax:

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 Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined


1. Resume

2. Response to the questionnaire

3. Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify.

4. Evidence of your eligibility to apply for vacancy


Ronald Jones
Phone: (504)558-1408x
Agency Information:
VHA New Orleans HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
Southeast LA Veteran HC Sys 1555 Poydras
Suite 1300
New Orleans, LA


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility.  The qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and interview.

Control Number: 331161400
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