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Job Title:  Psychologist-Behavioral Health Coordinator
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  CIH-13-789252-HMG

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
Friday, November 16, 2012 to Sunday, December 02, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Des Moines, IA United States
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 789252 (Include # on all documents)


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.


Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


The VA Central Iowa Health Care System provides a full continuum of care between the Des Moines campus and our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) and is one of the Medical Centers that make up the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).  The selectee may be expected to perform duties at other duty sites within VA Central Iowa Health Care System based on the needs of the organization.


  • 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




Applicants within six months of graduation with a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) will be considered.  If selected, the individual will be appointed as a temporary Graduate Psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment, which may result in termination of employment.


Work Schedule: 08:00a-04:30pm – Monday thru Friday.  Tour will be primarily administrative with possible rotation to off shifts as necessary, as well as possible evening and weekend coverage.


Job Duties – Behavioral Health Coordinator


The psychologist selected for this position


Will have knowledge of and ability to effectively develop and implement health behavior assessments and interventions for the promotion of general health and to address health risk behaviors as part of disease prevention and chronic disease management


Will have the ability to train, guide, mentor, and support healthcare team members who will provide evidence-based health behavior self-management support interventions that may be carried out via phone and may support patients using web, home messaging, or video teleconferencing technologies, including supporting others in co-managing group intervention at parent facilities and CBOCs.


Will have the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of healthcare staff and facility leadership to integrate health promotion and disease prevention programs into clinical care.


Will serve as the lead clinical consultant to the medical center staff on health behavior coaching. Will support and contribute to existing smoking and tobacco use cessation clinical initiatives in primary care and smoking cessation specialty programs or clinics Contributes to behavioral health programs such as MOVE!.


Will perform specialty health psychology assessment/intervention (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery, MOVE! patients with particular behavioral issues, patients with unique or complex problems impacting their health promotion/disease prevention self-management plans).


Provides consultation and training to Primary Care and Mental Health Service Line staff

in the enhancing, maintaining, and supporting health behavior program for the promotion

of health and prevention of disease.




  • U.S. citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
  • Full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the US (e.g. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia



GS-11, no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements;

GS-12,  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level.  If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure;

GS-13, In additional to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to GS-12 grade level.   Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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. 


EXCEPTION:  The licensure requirement may be waived for a period of not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that the psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed.  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a) (1) (D).  Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.  This may result in a termination of employment.


PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  If boarded at a lower grade level, there is non-competitive promotion potential to higher-grade level(s), contingent upon meeting qualifications and legal/regulatory requirements, demonstration of ability to perform at the higher level, as well as sufficient work at the higher level to support the grade of the position. 


The above is a summary of the Qualification Standard contained in VHA Handbook 5005 for the announced position.  The complete Qualification Standard is available for applicants' review in Human Resources Management Service.




PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   In accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1614.203, the individual selected must be physically and mentally able, with or without reasonable accommodation, to perform the essential functions of this position without endangering the health and safety of self and others


DRUG TESTING:  In accordance with VA Handbook 5381.1, this position has been designated for random drug testing.  Refusal to submit to testing will result in initiation of disciplinary action, up to and including removal.

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: 789252.  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 Sunday, December 02, 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. If prior military service, include all copies 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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Jeane S. Bare
Phone: (515)699-5693
Agency Information:
VHA Central Iowa HCS
3600 30th Street
Des Moines, IA


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: 331459300
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