VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006, http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Direct_Hand.htm.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS. 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 in VHA must meet the following:
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
(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.
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.
Experience. At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs for that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).
Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
Senior Supervisory Psychologist. Senior supervisory psychologists have supervisory responsibility for subordinates and are responsible for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of the service or organizational entity. Examples of positions are similar to those listed under the GS-14 supervisory psychologist heading, but at the GS-15 grade level, the size, scope, significance, and impact are greater.
Supervision and resource management involve major decisions, and work activities and supervision significantly impact the ability of staff to provide comprehensive services to veterans. The service or organizational entity is a major component of the medical center and the services or programs supervised are highly professional, technical, and complex. Responsibilities include oversight of a large, complex organization, always with 10 or more professional staff, that encompasses several component parts integral to the functioning of the medical center, or alternatively, 1 large service or organization. Decisions are made with very wide latitude and independent judgment.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to effectively supervise and manage a large group of professional staff.
- * Ability to correctly assess qualifications and potential of current and prospective employees.
- * Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.
- Skill in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units.
- * Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates.
English Language Proficiency. Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Public Law 95-201 for any providers in direct patient care.
Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.
FINAL JOB OFFER IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A PHYSICAL (IF REQUIRED), AND RECEIPT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM LIST OF EXCLUDED INDIVIDUALS/ENTITIES (LEIE), HEALTHCARE INTEGRITY AND PROTECTION DATA BANK (HIPDB) FINGERPRINT CHECKS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. 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. ***
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.