PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT: You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English for this position, in addition to meeting experience or education requirements listed below. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0181, ALL GRADES: Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree (or higher) with a major in an appropriate social or biological science, which included or was supplemented by 12 semester hours in psychology. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript(s) with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~AND~
To qualify at the GS-5 level: Candidates who meet the education requirements described above are fully qualified for this position at the GS-5 level.
To qualify at the GS-6 level: In addition to the basic education requirement, you must meet one of the following, to qualify for this position:
Experience: You must have at least six (6) months of technical work experience under the direction of a professional psychologist in a program of professional services, training or research. This experience must be close to the work of this job and has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Psychology Technician. The experience should have involved the observation of and assistance in the application of techniques relating to behavior, capacities, traits, interests, and activities of either humans or, under laboratory conditions, animals. Experience may have been gained in connection with a program of research or direct services in psychology that gave a practical understanding of some of the principles, methods, and techniques of psychology needed to assist professional psychologists. Appropriate credit will be given for voluntary participation in community, social service, and similar activities. Recency of experience, education and training will be considered. NOTE: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. ~OR~
Education: You must have successfully completed one half year of graduate study in Psychology (9 credits). This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your graduate transcript(s) with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~OR~
Superior Academic Achievement (SAA): Superior Academic Achievement at the baccalaureate level in the coursework detailed above is fully qualifying at the GS-6 grade level. Applicants who wish to apply under this provision must submit proof from their educational institution that they meet one of the criteria listed below. To qualify for SAA, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree as described above under "Basic Requirements" and meet one of the following:
1. A grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
2. A grade point average of "B+" (a GPA of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study.
3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university or major subdivision.
4. Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the Assessment Questionnaire for this position:
- Knowledge of scientific and medical terminology, mental illness, and psychology concepts
- Ability and skill in personal interviewing techniques, data collection, and presentation
- Computer skills
- Knowledge of regulations, policies, and practices in research
- Communication skills
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is mostly sedentary and may frequently involve numerous hours working at a computer work station and on the telephone conducting interviews and assessing subjects. Work is primarily performed in a typical office environment with microcomputers. Some flexibility in work hours is required, including early evening/morning and occasional Saturday hours.
For additional information on these VA-specific qualifications, please visit http://www1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.doc#AppIIF5
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(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. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
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 " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.