This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DQ-13-KAd-819411

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,758.00 to $97,787.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Thursday, January 24, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE Two years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Providence, RI United States
United States Citizens


Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 819411 (Please include on all documents)

Be a member of our team providing compassionate health care to Veterans. We are an employer of choice and a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information.

Our Medical Center is located in Providence, RI with outpatient clinics located in Middletown, RI, Hyannis and New Bedford, MA. We provide high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient care to veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Rhode Island, also known as the ocean state, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This Psychologist is located in Compensation and Pension Service and is not a bargaining unit position

**Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.**

This is a temporary full-time position. The work schedule is: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Negotiable)


  • You must be a US citizen
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
  • Designated and random drug testing may be required
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized


  • Provides a full range of psychological assessment services.
  • Diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.
  • Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.
  • Provides consultation to the VBA concerning clinical assessment findings.
  • Adheres to operational policies and procedures.
  • Complies with national and local performance measures including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.
  • Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes)
  • Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Line Director (or designee) and facility Director.
  • Attends monthly compensation and pension meetings.
  • Attends weekly staff meetings and complies with program directives.


(from VHA Qualification Standards)

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.

English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Education: 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.


Must 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: 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. EXCEPTION: The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.

Grade Determination: Specialized Experience:

GS-11 requires: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12 requires: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
  2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
  3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

Preferred Experience: Two years Post Doctoral work experience as a psychologist; knowledge of compensation and/or pension examinations.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

Reference: VA Qualifications Standards (handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.

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 in a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.***

Additional Requirements/Information:

  • Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • Selectee will be presented to a peer review board to determine final grade and salary
  • Subject to a one year probationary period
  • Position does not confer competitive status
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

If you are currently in a position in a different employment system from the one for which you are competing for the temporary promotion, it may be necessary to convert you to a different employment system for the duration of the temporary promotion. At the end of the temporary promotion, you will be converted back to the employment system for your permanent position unless the temporary promotion is made permanent.

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.

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


Your application, resume 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 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.

An incomplete application 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 or fax transmissions.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefit 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



Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized

Receive 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 serviced 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. This is not an entitlement and is at the discretion of the medical center.


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. For additional information see VA Guide to Applying for VA Vacancies at

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 24, 2013 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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy Identification Number 819411
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


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

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV), Resume or application (link to appropriate application)
  2. Online Questionnaire
  3. If current or former Federal employee include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (required)
  4. Proof of meeting educational requirement (unofficial transcript is acceptable for initial application. If selected you will be required to furnish an official transcript).
  5. Copy of licensure/certification if applicable

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit the following:

  1. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
  2. SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference (if applicable).
  3. VA letter of service-connected disability rating (if applicable) dated 1991 or later.


Giordon Gill
Phone: (401)459-4770
Agency Information:
VHA Providence VAMC
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents) and if found qualified, you will be referred to the Selecting Official for consideration for an interview. You may or may not be interviewed.

An electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address; otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Applicants who have never worked for the Federal government will receive a tentative job offer. Applicants must complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, prior to receiving a firm offer. This form is available at

Control Number: 335183000
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