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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  BL-VHA-13-028-CLP-827064

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$58,519.00 to $108,428.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Butler, PA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 827064

This position will remain open until filled.  Applicants will be referred for consideration as they submit their complete application.  Once a suitable candidate is selected the announcement will be closed.  


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 standards board will review the selected candidate's qualification 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.


PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section. Fully licensed candidates will receive 1st consideration.


The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the EDRP Coordinator for additional information.


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 employees 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 .  


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


  • 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


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The incumbent provides psychological services to assigned patients in the behavioral health and primary care clinics of the Butler VA. This position specializes in the provision of assessment, diagnostic and treatment services for Veterans with general mental health complaints, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and Substance Abuse disorders.  The incumbent will provide care through a combination of face/face, telephone and televideo modalities. The incumbent works to develop appropriate evidenced based treatment plans for these patients and provides guidance to the other staff on an interdisciplinary team. The incumbent assists in collecting data for quality assurance activities within the service area. A complete description of duties is on file in Human Resources.


Work schedule will be primarily Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with some evenings required.


Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


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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:  


a.  Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States.  

b.  Education:

(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.

c.  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.


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.


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




a.  Definitions


     (1)  Creditable Experience


                    (a)  Current Professional Psychology Practice.  To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.  Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program.  This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:


                              1.  Active professional practice.  Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

                              2.  A full, current, and unrestricted license.


                    (b)  Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

                    (c)  Part-time Experience.  Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.


           (2)  Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships.  Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice.  Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.


b.  Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:


     (1)  GS-11


           (a)  Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.

                      (b)  Assignment.  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.


     (2)  GS-12


                       (a)  Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, 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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:


             (b)  Demonstrated 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.


                       (c)  Assignment.  At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level.  They may be assigned to any program area.


       (3)  GS-13


                       (a)  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.

                       (b)  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.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

            (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


                                 1.  Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.      

                                 2.  Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

                                 3.  Knowledge of clinical research literature.

                                 4.  For supervisory assignments


                                           a.  Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

                                           b.  Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.


                       (d)  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.


                                   1.  Staff Psychologists 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.  Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions.  They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.


STANDARDS USED: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, available for review in Human Resources.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a pre-placement physical examination.



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.


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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.  


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.


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Applicants have 3 options to Apply – detailed instructions below:


1. Online

2. Fax

3. Mail or hand deliver


All applicants must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 


1. CV or Resume (required). 

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations  (Available at . (required).

3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment  (Available at (current Butler VA employees do not have to submit).

4.  Copy of your Psychologist License (required).

5.  Copy of your transcripts (unofficial) from the institution from which you received your Doctoral  degree in psychology (required). (current Butler VA employees do not have to submit).

6. Evidence that you completed a professional psychology internship training program accredited by APA (required).

7. Online Questionnaire  Online Questionnaire (Required for online and faxed applications). 

8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

9. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   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

10. If applying under Schedule A for a disability, include Proof of Disability Letter stating that you have a severe disability (required).


Option #1  Online:


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. Upload all required documents.


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.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


1.     Complete this cover page  using the following  827064.  You must use this fax 

       cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

3.     Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Option #2  Fax:


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 required 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.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Option #3  Mail or Hand Deliver:




Human Resources (31)

Attn: Connie Pakutz

325 New Castle Road

Butler, Pa  16001


Note: When using this option the complete Application Package must be received by COB (4:30pm) Tuesday, April 16, 2013 


PLEASE READ - IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UPLOADING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Forms can be filled out electronically from the links provided and saved to your personal computer OR a hard copy can be filled out to be scanned and saved to your computer to be uploaded to your "My Account" site on USAJobs.  All other required supporting documents such as license, transcripts, etc. can be scanned and uploaded to your "My Account" as well.  Once these forms are saved to your "My Account" in USAJobs, they can be used over and over again when applying for jobs.  When you are applying for a job, please upload the forms to the appropriate "Document Type" from the drop down menu. If there is not a category for your "Document Type" place it in the "Miscellaneous" portion.  Documents should be scanned separately and not as one large single document, i.e. 10-2850c as one document, transcripts, OF-306, etc.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc. Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


Connie L. Pakutz
Phone: (724)477-5051
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Butler HCS
Thank You
Butler, PA
16001 Fax: (478)757-3144


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.

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