Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DAY-13-SS-852830

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
Monday, April 01, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Daytona Beach, FL United StatesView Map
Open to all U.S. Citizens and Nationals


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 852830

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?

Officially established in October 2006 the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families in the area.  The Orlando VAMC system includes a 120-bed NHCU, a 60-bed Domiciliary, and a large, comprehensive satellite outpatient clinic and CBOC systems that includes facilities in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Lake Nona, Clermont, Orange City and Kissimmee.  Clinic activities will transfer to Orlando's first – and the nation's largest - VA hospital in late 2013.  Located in the Medical City at Lake Nona, the new VA hospital will provide state-of-the-art inpatient and day clinic capabilities to benefit more than 90,000 Veteran enrollees throughout its six neighboring counties. The Orlando VAMC is associated with the University of Central Florida and other local community colleges, with active affiliations in allied health programs such as Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical/Occupational Therapy.

Central Florida is a world-class destination, featuring Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Cocoa Beach, and many smaller attractions.   It is home to professional and college sports ranging from the NBA to NASCAR to wake boarding. It is also home to some of the country's top restaurants and shopping areas. Despite all that, Orlando has managed to maintain its small-town charm, with lovely neighborhoods, downtown parks, and tree-lined streets. With the Atlantic, the Gulf, National Forests, and scenic rivers and byways, it is a nature-lover's paradise. It is a wonderful place to live and work.


The Orlando VAMC is expanding faster than any other VA in the country. In addition to our 7 satellite sites, we are building a state-of-the art medical center in the new Lake Nona Medical City. We will be co-located with the new University of Central Florida College of Medicine, the Burnham Research Institute, Nemours Children's Hospital, and the National Center for Simulated Learning. Come experience Florida hospitality at its best, while working as part of the team that insures that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.


The Orlando VA Medical Center Strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race or color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identify or expression.


This announcement was amended on April 9, 2013 to extend the closing date, and to include information relating to our natural-talent based methodology to hiring.

A Personal Note to Our Valued Candidates:   VAMC Orlando is committed to providing the highest quality care to our Veteran patients.  We are dedicated to attracting and retaining employees with natural talent as it relates to a customer and total quality care focus.   VAMC Orlando utilizes various tools to identify qualifications and natural talent, to include a manual review of experience, education and credentials, as well as an online questionnaire for clinical and non-clinical positions, and talent-based telephone interviews of candidates who serve as professional health care providers, and leaders, to include those at the executive-level at our health care facility.    Applicants who are found qualified  or identified as among the best qualified for a position, may be asked to participate in a natural-talent assessment as part of the hiring process; therefore, we ask that you provide us with an email address you check daily to ensure you receive and respond to our invitation timely. Please include this email address on your application materials.    Thank you for considering employment with VAMC Orlando.



  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination


Back to top

Salary:Your salary and grade will be recommended by the Professional standards Board (PSB) and approved by the Medical Center Director.


The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to recommend the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

The State of Florida has NO State Income Tax.


Assigned to the Daytona Beach VA Multi specialty Clinic, this full time position is for a co-located, collaborative care (CCC) psychologist with primary assignment to the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program, located within primary care.  The CCC behavioral health psychologist functions as part of multidisciplinary primary care teams, and delivers brief, consultation-based services to Veterans, primary care providers, and allied Patient Alliance Care Team (PACT) members.  The focus is on general service delivery for a wide range of clinical concerns and consultation within the primary care service context.  Behavioral health visits are brief (generally 20--30 minutes), limited in number (approximately 1-6 visits), and are provided in the primary care practice area. Clinical practice is structured so that the patient views meeting with the behavioral health provider as a routine primary care service.  CCC psychologists function within fast-paced primary care teams and can expect to consult with 7-10 patients per day with the primary goals of assisting PACT members with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population


Work Schedule: Candidate must be willing to work weekends and irregular work hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.


Back to top


1.  COVERAGE.  The following are requirements for appointment as a psychologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  Psychologists engage in professional and scientific work which may include any one or a combination of the following:  providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, clinical consultation, supervision, and administration.

2.  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.  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

   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. Bilingual in Spanish is helpful.


(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. 

Loss of Credential.   An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. 

For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists.  For occupations which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level in the occupation when both of the following apply:  the credential is not a requirement and a placement opportunity exists.

   d.  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

   e.  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

Creditable Experience. In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements above, applicants must meet the following requirements to be qualified at the grades listed.    While applicants are not required to provide written responses to the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) listed below, they will be required to demonstrate that they possess them as they receive further consideration in the selection process.

(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 work week.  For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week 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:

 DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

Additional Requirements:

To qualify at the GS-11 level:

(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.

To qualify at the GS-12 level:

(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.

To qualify at the GS-13 level:

(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.

(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.

(e)  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.


Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


Back to top

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


Basis of Rating:  Applicants will be rated on the basis of the quality and extent of their total experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the specific position for which they are being considered.  Ratings will be based on competitor's statements in their applications and on any additional evidence that may be secured through inquiries of qualifications.  Recency of education, training and professional experience may be considered in the rating.

This position is covered by the bargaining unit. 

This is a testing-designated position; as such, it is subject to the provisions of our Applicant/Employee Drug Testing Program.

Performance Based Interviewing is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process.  Please consult the PBI web site at for further information.

As a condition of continued employment, applicants must meet applicable physical, licensing, security and suitability requirements for this position if selected.

Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies throughout Corporate Orlando VAMC without re-announcing.

It is VA Policy that eligible veterans will be given preference when qualifications of candidates are approximately equal.

Selected external applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior federal or military service experience.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

Additional selections may be made to fill similar Corporate Orlando positions from the list of candidates who apply for this position.


Back to top

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 852830.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at
  7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.  (copy must show current pay plan, occupational series, grade, level, step and salary).


Orlando VAMC Job Line
Phone: (407)646-4316
TDD: (800)829-4833
Agency Information:
Mental Health Service
5201 Raymond Street
Orlando, FL


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidate will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.. You will receive up to 4 written notifications relating to your application status throughout the life of this recruitment actions. They are:

1)  When we receive your application.
2)  Whether you are qualified.
3)  Whether you were referred to the selecting official for consideration.
4)  Final outcome- whether you were selected, etc.


NOTE TO APPLICANTS: In accordance with the provisions of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Master Labor agreement, VAMC Orlando selecting officials must consider candidates internal to the Department of Veterans Affairs for selection before they can consider applicants who are not current employees of the VA


 Wednesday, April 24, 2013 

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance