Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
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.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Grades and salaries will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
GS-11: Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-12: 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.
GS-13: Licensure and Experience.
(1) 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.
(2) 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.
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 a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during the 2 year 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/certification/registration 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."
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE,
PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR
References: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc
(also available in the local Human Resources Office)
REQUIREMENTS: No special physical demands are required for this position. Employee frequently carry light items such paper files, records, etc. The work is primaly performed while sitting though some work may required periods of standing.
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: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Foreign Education: 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.
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.