This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department of the Air Force
Agency:  HQ USAF and Support Elements
Job Announcement Number:  9L-HAF-788546-766027-AS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Quantico, VA United States
United States Citizens


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.


IF APPLICABLE:  Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided.  The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Travel and relocation (PCS) expenses WILL be authorized
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a TOP Secret security clearance
  • Incumbent is subject to a pre-employment and random drug test
  • Licensure as a psychologist in at least one of the 50 States or DC
  • Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited university



  • Applies psychological principles, theories, methods, and techniques in direct support of ongoing counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations and operations impacting national security.
  • Provides training on topics in operational and forensic psychology to personnel in the intelligence and law enforcement community; remains current on pertinent literature and advances in training and recommends ways to improve agent training.
  • Reviews pertinent behavioral science and criminal justice literature, formulates hypotheses, and applies experimental, statistical, mathematical or other research techniques in the systematic investigation and study of operational and forensic issues, practices, and programs.
  • Independently interprets results of completed analyses, draws preliminary conclusions regarding significance and validity of outcome data; drafts technical reports and professional papers, and submits approved manuscripts for publication or presentation at professional conferences.
  • Responds to inquiries from other agencies concerning behavioral science matters.


MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE:  Click here for specific program requirements.  To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the following documents:

  • Application or resume;
  • Statement requesting MSP; and
  • Copy of military sponsor's PCS orders. 


Basic  Qualifications:

Degree:  Satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology  (NOTE: YOU MUST ATTACH A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS.)


 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:   At least  52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level or equivalent which includes professional expert knowledge of psychological assessment methodology; ability to conduct, administer, and interpret the full spectrum of psychological assessment tools; and sophisticated understanding of various theories of personality and the application of these theories to unique law enforcement and national security settings. 


Click on the following links to view occupational requirements for this position:


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 

  • Knowledge and skill in application of psychological principles to counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations. 
  • Knowledge of basic psychological tests and personality theories; skill in administering, scoring, interpreting psychological tests; ability to apply knowledge and skill of psychological tests and personality theory to unique settings impacting criminal investigations and/or national security.
  • Skilled in interpersonal relations, and able to work well with others and to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to all organizational levels.
  • Professional development; ability to remain current on behavioral science and criminal justice regulations.


PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.   You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 


FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


  • Doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited university, preferably in clinical psychology. 
  • American Psychological Association (APA) approved internship required. 
  • Licensure as a psychologist in at least one of the fifty United States or in the District of Columbia.
  • Position is critical sensitive requiring employee to obtain and maintain Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Will be required to travel by military or commercial air to other countries world-wide, including (on occasion) combat zones or locations of political or military unrest, or other functions away from the normal duty station.
  • This position has been designated by the Air Force as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to random drug testing.
  • The incumbent may be required to work overtime.



To determine if you are qualified for this position, your resume will be reviewed and compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  Applicants, who disqualify themselves, will not be evaluated further.



Your application will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience in your resume meets the KSAs required for the position and you will be rated as shown below.  Additional points are not added for veteran's preference; however, preference is still applied.


Category 3, Best Qualified:  Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements.


Category 2, Highly Qualified:  Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements.


Category 1, Qualified:  Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


Application of Veterans' Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.


Benefits of Working for the Federal Government - Click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


For information on veterans’ preference click here.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.  For additional information, click here.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be considered qualified under ICTAP and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be placed in the Best Qualified category as described above and rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 


Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.   Click here for more information.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.


Temporary and Term Appointments:  If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.


90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.


DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 03, 2012

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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, click here for the required cover page.  This Vacancy ID is 788546.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX., and
3. Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date.  You may verify your documents have been process by clicking here.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.


Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.


The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement. 


·        Online Application (Questionnaire)

·        Resume - If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

·        Transcripts, if qualifying based on education

·       Veterans’ Preference -  a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service.  In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).


If you are faxing any documents, click here for the official cover sheet to print.  The fax number is 478-757-3144


Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.


Customer Service Team One
Phone: (703)571-0045
TDD: (800)832-0893
Agency Information:
Office of Special Investigations
Do not send resumes
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.

Control Number: 331482200
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