This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  610-12-325-800138-R-19

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
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 to Sunday, December 16, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
South Bend, IN United States
United States Citizens



"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.

–Abraham Lincoln

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 610-12-325-800138-R-19
VACANCY ID: 800138
POSITION TITLE: Psychologist GS-0180-13/13
VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) was formed in 1995 by the integration of the VA Medical Centers in Fort Wayne and Marion, Indiana.  The mission of VANIHCS is to provide coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive quality primary care, mental health services, and extended care to Veterans in a timely, accessible and cost effective manner.  The Fort Wayne campus offers primary and secondary medical and surgical services, and the Marion campus offers a full range of psychiatry services, nursing home care and extended care services. Primary care clinics are available at both campuses and at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in South Bend, Goshen, Peru and Muncie, Indiana.
Salary for external applicants will be set by the Psychologist Professional Standards Board.
Current permanent employees of the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, (VANIHCS) will receive first consideration when filling vacancies.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required


The psychologist has responsibility for providing a full range of clinical/counseling psychological services to patients of the Medical Center in the area(s) assigned to him or her by the Chief of Mental Health Services. Specific duties may include the following functions:
• Psychological assessment and consultation.
• Psychological treatment including individual and group psychotherapy.
• Research.
• Collaboration between the following entities in and out of the VA to include but not limited to Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Mental Health Clinic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), psychosocial Rehabilitation, Psychiatric Compensation and Pension, other VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and their programs.
• Education and training.
• Recovery based principles and practices will be learned and used whenever possible.
• Appropriate evidenced based treatment will be learned and used as appropriate.


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 psychologist, GS-13 in VHA must meet the following:
• Must be a US citizen.
• 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.
• Successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
• 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 Rice), or the District of Columbia.
• Meet the physical requirements of a Psychologist as defined in VA Handbook 5019 and VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7.
• Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
In addition to the basic employment requirements, the Grade 13 Psychologist must demonstrate the following professional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) in their application package, either in the resume or in narrative form.  Please be clear and specific as we cannot make assumptions about your education and/or experience.
• Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations. 
• Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
• Knowledge of clinical research literature.
In addition to meeting the Basic Educational Requirements and License requirements, applicants must possess at least one year specialized experience at the next lower grade, GS-12 or its equivalent. Qualifying specialized experience is described as experience making psychological assessments, and presenting diagnostic and treatment recommendations regarding children and adolescents to the professional team which includes physicians, social workers, and nursing staff.
Time in Grade Restriction: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.
Time in Grade Restriction: Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).
References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-18 Psychologist Qualification

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. 
FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment).
• Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
• Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
• New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
• Selective Service: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system. Please visit for more information.
• Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
• Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
• 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
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.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration 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.


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. Relocation expenses will not be paid/are NOT authorized.  There are NO incentives authorized for this position.

Additional selection may be made from this announcement up to 90 days after closing.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.  See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 800138.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE:  When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question.  Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.


US Citizens
• CV or Resume. Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under “Applying for a Federal Job”. Please visit for more information. (Required).
• VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (Required)
• Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire (Required)
• Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
• 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  
Copy of your DD-214. Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at
Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with required proof.  If you are claiming entitlement for 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service; and SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.
• If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required)
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities]. Please submit your disability letter along with all other requirements.
Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, and phone number.


Korpo Degbeh
Phone: (800)360-8387x71217
Agency Information:
VHA Northern Indiana HCS
1700 East 38th Street
Marion, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website on the Internet:

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