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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Job Announcement Number:20130359

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

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$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 04, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013




Full Time - This is a permanent position.


1 vacancy in the following location:
Springfield, VAView Map


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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth's surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That's the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.

Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA's role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.

Know the Earth... Show the Way... Understand the World

JOB DESCRIPTION: Clinical Psychologists administer and interpret psychological tests and conduct interviews to assess the psychological and social suitability of NGA employees to encumber deployment and other targeted assignments. They also screen for post-deployment adjustment or behavioral concerns. They counsel individuals, families, and groups regarding deployment-related issues such as stress, substance abuse, and family dynamics, in order to suggest behavior change and/or to improve personal, social, and vocational adjustment. Clinical Psychologists refer employees to specialists or to other institutions for counseling or non-counseling treatment of problems. They are also responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating behavioral health and deployment support programs, and coordinate NGA deployment support activities with similar programs across the Intelligence and Defense communities.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Drug Testing
  • Security Investigation


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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Office of Security (SIS), Division of Personnel Security, is currently recruiting an experienced, licensed Clinical Psychologist to work within its Psychological Services Branch. This psychologist will perform clinical functions in support of the personnel security mission and respond to Agency-wide needs requiring psychology subject matter expertise. The incumbent will administer and interpret psychological tests and conduct interviews to assess the psychological suitability of NGA employees to possess a security clearance and/or to encumber high-risk assignments. Core job duties will also involve the assessment and mitigation of the psychological impact of high-risk assignments. Additionally, the psychologist will collaborate with agency offices and programs (e.g., Employee Assistance Program, Analysis and Production Directorate, Expeditionary Operations, NGA Protective Services) to support educational and performance enhancement programs for employees and supervisors, and will deliver informational and technical trainings, briefings and workshops tailored to the needs of the target audience. The incumbent will provide consultation to complex cases and situations with a psychological nexus. Therefore, the successful applicant must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, value teamwork and be comfortable in the role of psychological consultation. Training and experience in forensic psychology, personnel screening and selection, and/or organizational consultation is advantageous, as is a working knowledge of the IC and DoD communities and the practice of National Security Psychology. Occasional travel may be required in support of critical initiatives.

PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.


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MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. For this particular job, applicants must have experience in the following:

1) Experience diagnosing and evaluating the treatment of psychological/psychiatric conditions.
2) Previous experience administering, scoring, and interpreting a range of psychological tests that measure personality traits, behavioral characteristics and cognitive functioning.
3) Experience providing advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Must have a doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a graduate program by the American Psychological Association (APA). Must 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.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1) The application of psychological principles and techniques to personnel screening and selection.
2) Experience in psychological evaluation and consultation to high-stakes decision-making processes (e.g., training or experience in forensic psychology).
3) Training and/or experience in trauma assessment and treatment.
4) Skill in conducting consultation to management and organizations.
5) Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver briefings and trainings focused on applied psychological science or concepts.
6) Experience in conducting psychologically-informed research and authoring technical reports and/or manuscripts.

- Direct Deposit Required
- Two Year Probationary Period
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Security Clearance Required
- Top Secret
- Sensitive Compartmented Information
- Polygraph Test Required

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph (CI) examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.


Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter CANNOT exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (6,500 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. Applicants should place their narrative information in the appropriate field on the Job History and Cover Letter Text Page.

APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages, 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.


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Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some highlights. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below.

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer.

Dental and Vision Insurance

Life insurance coverage is provided.

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement.

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program.

Federal employees are entitled to at least 13 days of vacation leave as well as 13 days of sick leave each year. Depending on years of service, employees can earn up to 26 days of vacation leave each year. In addition, Federal employees get 10 days paid holiday each year. This allows employees time to spend with their families and to pursue their own individual interests and avocations.

In addition to federal benefits, NGA employees are also eligible for a suite of benefits offered only to the Intelligence Community (IC). The Compass Rose Benefits Group (CRBG) offers insurance products and services to all IC civilian employees. Compass Rose benefits include: Term Life Insurance, Group Accident Plan, Income Replacement, and Long Term Care Insurance.
For more information on this highly-restricted opportunity, please visit the Compass Rose website:

NOTE: NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Promotions may be conducted during the annual pay for performance process or throughout the year via the Assignment Opportunity Notices (AON).



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Application submission involves applying using NGA's on-line application process. Application Instructions can be found by visiting




Phone: 571-557-1999
Agency Information:
Mailstop: S44-HDR
7500 GEOINT Drive
Springfield, VA


After visiting and applying via NGA's on-line application process, applicants can follow their status via that same NGA on-line application functionality. Several other topics relating to what is involved in the hiring process and how long it takes can be found by visiting and choosing Frequently Asked Questions.

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