QUALIFICATION STANDARDS: Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, VA Handbook 5005, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0180. Qualification Standards are available for review in HRMS.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS:
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
Degree: Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in Psychology from a college or university approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, have completed study for such degree in a specialty area of psychology and have completed a one year internship which is satisfactory to the Secretary, and be licensed or certified as a Psychologist in a State.
1. Approved doctoral programs are those from an accredited college or university whose curriculum in clinical psychology is approved at the time of applicant's graduation by the American Psychological Association (APA). TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED.
2. The internship requirement is a vital and integral part of the basic requirements and as such must be fully and carefully evaluated. Acceptable internships consist of an organized training program, in contrast to supervised experience or on-the-job training, designed to provide the intern with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences with the primary purpose to assure breadth and quality of training. Such internships may be gained in VA training programs which meet American Psychological Association (APA) internship requirements or in other health service settings whose internships are accredited by the APA. Internships normally consist of 1 year training under a licensed psychologist in an organization with sufficient staff and varied programs to provide the required breadth and quality of training. The sponsoring organization should provide a written statement or brochure describing the goals and content of the internship with clear expectations for the quality of the trainee's work. NOTE: Prior to 1956, the APA did not accredit internships, but did accredit doctoral programs. Therefore, a pre-1956 graduate of an APA approved doctoral program in an appropriate psychology specialty, whose internship was acceptable to the degree granting school, meets the internship requirements of this standard.
3. Appointing officers may accept applications from and appoint unlicensed or uncertified candidates who have successfully completed the educational requirements subject to obtaining the required licensure or certification within 2 years following entry on duty. THOSE WHO FAIL TO OBTAIN STATE LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION WITHIN THE REQUIRED TIME FRAMES MAY BE REMOVED. THIS MAY RESULT IN TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-13 level applicants must possess two years of postdoctoral experience appropriate to the specialty area of the position. For the clinical and counseling specialties, the experience must have been gained in a professional program concerned with health, rehabilitation, or vocational restoration.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: The experience must indicate the applicant's ability to perform the duties of a psychologist in the area of work and at the level of difficulty and responsibility of the grade for which being considered.
QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE: The required amount of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for a position. Your record of education and experience must clearly demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of the position. The primary consideration is the quality and level of experience. Part time experience will be prorated in calculating the amount of qualifying experience.
Time in grade restriction apply.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
The critical element identified below will be used as the basis to determine the best-qualified applicants.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
You must meet time-in-grade restrictions by the closing date of this announcement.
You will be required to make occasional travel.
Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.