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Job Title:  Senior Supervisory Psychologist (ACOS Mental Health)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AH-13-DYR-811106

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

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$120,221.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 7, 2013 to Monday, January 21, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Dallas, TX United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 811106 (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 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.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


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


The Primary Purpose of the Position is: To manage and direct a multi-mission health care system mental health program for clinical, medical professional, allied health and administrative staff; establish and maintain residency and fellowship programs with university medical schools; and, exercise supervisory and managerial authorities over the organization and subordinate services.

Establishes, revises, or reviews policies, procedures, mission objectives, and organization design for Mental Health Service. VANTHCS Mental Health operations include approximately 25 separate programs, six outpatient clinics, two inpatient units, two domiciliary units, a methadone clinic, as well as full time and part-time researchers. Supervises over 463 personnel to include Psychiatrists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Rehabilitation Specialists and other mental health workers. Develops and implements Health Care System policies and provides approval of medical staff appointments. Assesses Service's efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance with regulatory procedures and performance measures. Reviews and structures Mental Health services to optimize use of resources and maximize efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. Briefs Executive Leadership and Service Chiefs on multiple medical, dental, and health graduate education programs. Coordinates with affiliate University Medical School.

Advises staff regarding policies, procedures, and directives of VA, VHA, VISN, and the Health Care System. Selects candidates for positions, taking into consideration skills and qualifications, mission requirements, and EEO and diversity objectives. Ensures reasonable equity among units of performance standards developed, modified, and/or interpreted and rating techniques developed by subordinate supervisors. Explains performance expectations and provides regular feedback. Appraises performance and serves as reviewing official on evaluation of non- supervisory employees rated by subordinate supervisors. Hears and resolves grievances and employee complaints referred. Discharges Privacy Act, Joint Commission and HIPAA responsibilities, by ensuring education and compliance with applicable directives for employees with access to medical records and material.

Serves on various Boards, Committees and Councils. Serves as the subject matter expert on: mental health policies and procedures consistent with VI-IA directives and policies; complex clinical and technical issues with a diverse group of professional staff and management officials; federal and state statutes; Joint Commission and other accreditation organizations' guidance, regulations and procedures. Recommends courses of action regarding maintaining affiliate academic appointments. Participates in educational activities of affiliates for maintaining academic appointments.


Appraised Value Offer (AVO) is authorized for this position for current Federal employees.




VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006,


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


    1. Ability to effectively supervise and manage a large group of professional staff.
    2. * Ability to correctly assess qualifications and potential of current and prospective employees.
    3. * Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.
    4. Skill in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units.
    5. * 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.



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:  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 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


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.


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 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.  


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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 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:811106.  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.
  3. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 21, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


  • CV or Resume complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties.  (Required)
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (Required)
  • Occupational Questionnaire
  • Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (Required)
  • Copy of your transcript(s) (Required)
  • Copy of Internship (APA) (Required)
  • Copy of Licensure (Required)
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD214 Forms.   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 most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 (Required, if applicable)
  • Any other documents required by the checklist.


Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Agency Information:
Mental Health Service
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX


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: 334527700
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