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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (Chemical Dependency Center Manager)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  MEM-13-027-793876-MT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$96,690.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Memphis, TN United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 793876 (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 and leadership positions 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.



About the Memphis VA Medical Center:  The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC).  It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs.  Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.  Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center.  Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).



For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Background/suitability investigation required.
  • Valid licensure required.













The licensed psychologist in this position serves as the Director, Chemical Dependency Center (CDC).  As the CDC Manager, the incumbent will manage the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SA-RRTP) and outpatient substance abuse programs and clinics at the VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN and its assigned community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).  The incumbent has broad program responsibilities for development and implementation of substance use treatment program and provides administrative and clinical supervision of addiction therapists, social workers, psychiatrist, and other disciplines assigned to the CDC outpatient and SA--RRTP residential programs.  The incumbent is under the general administrative supervision of the Chief of Mental Health Service who reviews program development and effectiveness of procedures and clinical consultation.


Clinical responsibilities are approximately 35% time, administrative/supervision responsibilities are approximately 55% of the time, and training/teaching/research approximately 10% of the time.


Psychologist program managers have broad program management responsibilities which include the operation and management of key clinical, training, or administrative programs. 


Responsibilities include development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; and monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process.  Decisions made affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made while exercising wide latitude and independent judgment.  Such programs deliver specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important program components of the medical center and significantly impact the health care provided to veterans.




Tour of Duty:  Full Time, 80 hours a pay period.  May be required to work outside regular day tour hours at least one day/week to meet mission needs.








Grade and salary determination will be based on the individual's qualifications and will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board.





The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by:  Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. 7402.  To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologists in VHA must meet the following:

      a. Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with the Psychologist Qualification Standard.


      b. Education:

      (1)  Have 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. 


      (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 requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central 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.


      c. 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.


      d. Loss of Credential:  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.


      e. Physical Requirements:  Applicant must meet the physical standards established for this position.


      f. English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(s) and 7407(d).






Individuals assigned as supervisory psychologists have supervisory responsibilities for subordinates.  Supervisory psychologists also have line and staff authority for resource allocations within the area of responsiblity and ensure the efficient operation of the organizational unit.  Examples of assignments include (but not limited to) Chief of psychology, chief of a patient care service line, or department or division director.  Responsiblities include supervision of staff, professional management, and administrative responsiblities that are complex in scope that constitute a significant component of the medical center.  Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgement.  Candidates must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:



      Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


1. Ability to effectively supervise and manage subordinate employees.


2.  Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees.


3.Aiblity to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided and each venue.


4. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution.


5.Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups respresenting widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.


6.  Skill in working collaboratively with other disciplines and supervisors.




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: 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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.


Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit 


Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position.


Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1)  (2) to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.


Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.


This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.


Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 


Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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 traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at



Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  Recently appointed or converted (6 months or less) employees who are selected for this position may be considered for an award up to $48,000 under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Your supervisor must recommend you for this program, and your application must be submitted and approved within six months of your initial appointment to an eligible position within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Final authorization must be obtained at the National level prior to issuance.




The following are examples of Incentives/Expenses that the VAMC may authorize:    


Relocation Incentives may be paid to an employee who:  must relocate to a different geographic area (permanently or temporarily) to accept a covered position in an agency when the position is likely to be difficult; and the employee was in the Federal Government immediately before the relocation.


Recruitment Incentives may be paid to an employee newly appointed to the Federal Service.  "Newly appointed" refers to the first appointment as an employee of the Federal Government, an appointment following a break in service of a least 90 days from a previous appointment as an employee of the Federal Government, or, in certain cases, an appointment following a break in service of less than 90 days from a previous appointment as an employee of the Federal Government.


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Relocation Expenses are paid for new appointees travelling to first post of duty or an employee transferring in the interest of the Government from one agency or duty station to another for permanent duty, and the new duty station is at least 50 miles from the old duty station.


Annual Leave Incentive is granted for prior non-federal service credit for annual leave purposes.  This incentive is for employees newly appointed or employees reappointed following a break in service of at least 90 calendar days from the date of his or her last period of Federal civilian employment.


Note:  Any incentive and/or expense that may be authorized by the VAMC Memphis will be located on the first page of the vacancy announcement.




Drug Testing Designated Positions:  In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.


Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.



This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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 SUBMIT VA FORM 10-2850c IF SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION.   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: 793876.  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 Tuesday, December 11, 2012.


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


  1. CV or Resume (required)
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at - if selected)
  3. Online Questionnaire. (required)
  4. 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
  5. SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action (required for current Federal Employees)
  6. Copy of pertinent transcript(s) (required)
  7. Copy of current, full and unrestricted license (required)
  8. Most recent performance appraisal (optional)





Stephanie McDuffie
Phone: (901)523-8990x5928
Agency Information:
VHA Memphis VAMC
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
HR Managment Service 1030 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN


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: 332003900
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