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Job Title:Staff Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System

Hiring Organization:Federal Bureau of Prisons

Job Announcement Number:BOP-N-0180-2013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 11, 2013 to Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

MANY vacancies - Prisons - Nationwide, United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.

A 17% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at USP Atwater, FCI Herlong and FCI Mendota who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses.

A 15% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at FCI Dublin and FCC Victorville who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses.

Upon completion of recruitment service agreement, retention incentives will be initiated.

JOB SUMMARY:

Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

Do your career justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 38,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?

Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for initial BOP appointment.

For additional information on current vacancies: Click Here

AGE REQUIREMENT:

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution. In special situations, a waiver may be requested up to age 39 at locations where there is a shortage of applicants under 37.
Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting the maximum entry age of 37. Please refer to the Required Documents Section for the appropriate documentation to submit to validate veteran eligibility.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from,
  • The Selective Service. Click Here

DUTIES:

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The incumbent participates in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of a wide variety of personality evaluation methods and is responsible for the preparation of comprehensive psychological reports for various purposes. Incumbent assists in interdisciplinary classification of inmates by identifying behavioral, emotional, organic, drug/alcohol, or personality problems and the subsequent development of appropriate programs on an individual basis.

The incumbent completes reports for the courts on study and observation cases. He/She completes reports for institutional staff on inmates who may manifest sudden bizarre behavior or thoughts, insomnia, psychosomatic complaints, suicidal preoccupations, depression, somnambulism, anxiety, situational crisis, or long-term disciplinary and segregation cases, etc. The incumbent organizes and is responsible for facilitating both individual and group psychotherapy on a regular basis. Incumbent will also conduct individual treatment and crisis intervention sessions on an as-needed or emergency basis.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

Basic requirements:

GS-11 and GS-12:

Satisfactory completion of all the requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement at the time you apply. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electroincally transferred from USAJOBS and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable).

The education, MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

In addition to the basic requirements, you must have:

Education
GS-11: Applicants who meet the above basic requirements are fully qualified for the GS-11 level.

GS-12: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position at the GS-12 level.

Experience

GS-12 ONLY:
You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to successfully perform the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of qualifying experience for GS-12 are:

  • Experience in making professional decisions concerning diagnosis and treatment of inmates under their care.
  • Experience in assisting in interdisciplinary classification of inmates by identifying behavioral, emotional, organic, drug/alcohol, or personality problems and the subsequent development of appropriate programs on an individual basis.
  • Experience in completing reports for the courts on study and observation cases.
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating both individual and group psychotherapy on a regular basis.
Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Candidates within the top quality category and who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming during the application process. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees: Click Here

OTHER INFORMATION:

The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation. The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.

LENGTH OF ELIGIBILITY:
Eligible applicants will remain on the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:
Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.

This position has been identified as test designated. Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.


HOW TO APPLY:

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You must apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and upload all required documents.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

Claiming Veterans Preference? If yes, you MUST claim preference on-line during the application process and upload documentation to support preference claimed. Failure to claim veterans preference or provide supporting documentation may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration during the assessment process.

Required supporting documentation MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS at the time you apply. Documentation submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail will NOT be accepted.

NOTE: Failure to follow these application procedures could result in the applicant losing consideration for this position.
Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please contact BOP-HIRES at the telephone number listed below, for the alternate application procedure.

Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line:
DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
E-Mail: GRA-HRM/BOP-HIRES@bop.gov
Phone: 972-352-4200

How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer (PHS)?
  • Submit a complete/detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae must contain all information listed in the Qualifications Section.
  • Submit supporting documents (i.e. certification, registration, and/or license, if applicable).
In order to receive consideration as PHS applicant, ALL required supporting documentation, as specified in this vacancy announcement must be submitted directly to the Human Resource Office duty location. DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ON-LINE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A PHS APPLICANT.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All required documents must be uploaded to your application at the time you apply, under the vacancy documents section.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 Member Copy 4); or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you are currently on active duty, a statement from the appropriate Branch Personnel Office containing the following information: Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Active Duty time, Projected Separation Date and type of anticipated discharge must be provided. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you MUST submit a completed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Documentation to support a disability must reflect the overall evaluation or percentage disability rating.
  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.
  • A copy of college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).
  • SF-50 for proof of prior LEO coverage, if applicable.
Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.

When uploading documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a special character such as %, #, @, etc. Documentation should be identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CSU/BOP-HIRES
Phone: 972-352-4200
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: GRA-HRM/BOP-HIRES@bop.gov
Agency Information:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
75051
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants will receive a Notice of Results once the application is successfully submitted. Applicants will be notified via e-mail after each step of the application process has been completed to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS, once their name has been reached on the register. An applicant's relative standing on the register will constantly vary due to additions and suspensions from the Register. Applications will remain in the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applicants may contact the geographic location(s) selected to inquire about current or anticipated vacancies. Contact numbers for geographic location(s) can be found at www.bop.gov.

The Bureau of Prisons cannot be held responsible for incompatible software and applicant application errors, etc.

Inquiry of Availability Forms (OF-5):
A referral certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the selecting official for further consideration. The Human Resource Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish. The selecting official expects to make a final job offer within 80 days.

Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles will receive an Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form) via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. Applicants MUST complete the OF-5 form and return it to the Human Resource Management Office by clicking "Submit" at the bottom of the form. Applicants MUST also telephone the Human Resource Office during normal business hours to schedule an interview. Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Office will result in a loss of consideration for the position.

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Job Announcement Number:

BOP-N-0180-2013

Control Number:

339232900