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Job Title:  Psychologist (Telemental Health)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OB-13-ADa-827739-MHC

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
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location:
Birmingham, AL United States
United States Citizens


 Identification Number (VIN): 827739 



The Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, AL is seeking (4) full-time Psychologists.

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.


Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11, 12, or 13. The Professional Standard Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


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 Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Special Employment Consideration:  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., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All applicable forms must be complete and signed prior to uploading.


NOTE:  If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).  If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line).  Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).  If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama.   The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually.   The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.



  • 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


Birmingham VA Medical Center is seeking (4) full-time Psychologists for the Mental Health Service Line. The primary responsibility of these positions are to provide psychological services to include screening, assessment, diagnosing, and providing therapy and treatment of veterans with acute and chronic psychiatric disorders according to standard and usual and acceptable methods and techniques via Telemental health technology.   The incumbent will function as an integral member of the telemental health staff at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and actively collaborate with professional staff at Birmingham VA Medical Center Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and other VISN 7 Medical Centers and CBOCs to ensure the quality and continuity of care provided via telemental health services.   The incumbents coordinates and functions as part of a multidisciplinary team providing outpatient mental health care to veterans.     The incumbents will observe patient behaviors and reaction patterns to modify treatment plans for mental health veterans.   The incumbents will be expected to work independently and make appropriate referrals to the community or other professional resources as needed. The incumbents will work varying tours of duty including evenings and weekends.   The duties of this position will be performed to patients at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, any of the Birmingham VAMC CBOCs, and/or any of the other VISN 7 Medical Centers and CBOCs via telemental health technology.    This announcement will be used to fill other Psychologist positions in the various teams such as: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT), Mental Health Intensive Case Management Team (MHICM) , Mental Health Clinic (MHC) , Supported Employment (SE), Health Care for Homeless Veterans(HCHV), Mental Health Primary Care Team(MHPC)or Compensated Work Therapy(CWT)  within the Mental Health Service Line.  


Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.



  • Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.)

  • Education: 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.

  • Licensure:  A permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

  • Physical Standards: Must be medically cleared by the VHA Employee Health Unit (EHU) physician prior to entry on duty. 

  • English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in both spoken and written English.

  • Internship Training: Must have  completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by American Psychological Association (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.

    U.S. citizenship.  




FOR GS-11: The are no requirements beyond the basic requirements. GS-11 staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders.  They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.


FOR GS-12: The candidate must possess at least one year of professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11).  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. 

Assignments - At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.  They may be assigned to any program area.


FOR GS-13: The candidate must possess at least one year of professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) and 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?

Assignments - This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.  At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.  They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development. 





References:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated March 17 2006,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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.


For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit .


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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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 MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   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: 827739.  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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.


The following documents are required:


REQUIRED:  Résumé/ CV.  Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including:   current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary.   Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted.


REQUIRED:  Signed VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at . 


REQUIRED:  SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required — it must show your current position held, grade, series, and tenure).


REQUIRED: Copy of a valid Psychologists licensure (if you hold a licensure).


REQUIRED :  Responses to the occupational questionnaire.


REQUIRED:  Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment)

REQUIRED:  Unofficial copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify (transcripts must shows the degree conferred and date).



REQUIRED:  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.   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 ).  


Any other documents required by the checklist.


Angela Davis
Phone: (205)933-8101x4933
Agency Information:
VHA Birmingham VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
700 19th Street South
Human Resources
Birmingham, AL


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.


For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit .

Control Number: 335922400
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