(from VHA Qualification Standards)
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:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
- Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
- 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.***
- 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 http://www.sss.gov/)
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.