This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  BI-13-561-824540-TNW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Thursday, January 24, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Battle Creek, MI United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 824540

Our Mission: 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 Veteran's.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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

The incumbent serves as a Psychologist with full Clinical Privileges at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, and has full, current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Psychologist at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required.


The Clinical Psychologist serves as Staff Psychologist with full Clinical Privileges at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center (VAMC).  The Psychologist has primarily clinical duties and is primarily assigned to provide services to Veterans in the PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PTSD-RRTP) with the possibility of assignment to other areas of the medical center.  The Psychologist applies advanced psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in this work setting.  Primary job functions include the provision of direct psychological patient care and consultation services on PTSD-related cases.


The Psychologist interacts and works with clinicians from other services, as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.  The Psychologist is skillful in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with staff from other professions.


For a complete copy of the functional statement, please contact


Normal Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with the possibility of evening shift and weekend duties if needed in the future.


Relocation incentives are not authorized.


This announcement will be used to fill a permanent vacancy located at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.  You may be required to drive to and provide services at other locations (Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, Lansing, Muskegon).  You may also be expected to provide services via Clinical Video Telehealth.



Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen.

English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English

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.  (Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist.  Failure to obtain licensure is justification for termination of temporary appointment). 


GS-11: none beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12:  In addition to the basic requirements of the GS-11 11, at least 1 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.


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:  In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.



(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.

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 qualification. 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.***

Special Employment Consideration:

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

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., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


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 Performance Based Interview (PBI). In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. PBI is utilized by our agency as part of the selection process.  Please consult the PBI website at for further information.


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 completion of any required probationary period.  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.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application.


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.

PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c. 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 use the following link to obtain a copy of the application 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.

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: 824540. 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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 24, 2013.


Prior to appointment you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at
  3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of honorable discharge. 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 
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.


Tiffany N. Walbeck
Phone: (269)223-6164
Agency Information:
VHA Battle Creek VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
5500 Armstrong Road
Human Resources Management Service
Battle Creek, MI


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: 335615100
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