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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-MP-SAW-866619-VET

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$73,420.00 to $95,444.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Thursday, April 04, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Everett, WA United StatesView Map




Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): TAG:VacancyID 

The VA was established for one purpose - "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 that provides compassionate care to Veterans?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


Duty Location: Everett Vet Center. 


Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notice of Personnel Action." The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and must identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).  If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade IN ADDITION to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status.


You must provide a copy of your current Performance Appraisal (must be within 15 months from the closing date of the announcement).



  • You must be a permanent VA employee.


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This position is located at the Readjustment Counseling Service, Western Mountain Region, 4A, Everett Vet Center, in Everett, WA. The purpose of the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Program is to assist veterans of the Vietnam era, and combat veterans of World War II, Korea, Panama, Lebanon, Grenada, the Persian Gulf, Global War on Terrorism and those who were sexually assaulted/harassed during military service who have not achieved an adequate readjustment after the military service. Special attention is given to veterans who have not achieved adequate social-psychological-vocational readjustment as a result of their combat or other traumatic military experience. Veterans are known to have multiple problems associated with self, significant others, work, relations with society, as well as problems related to their military experience that require specialized readjustment counseling and related services.

The incumbent serves as Supervisory Readjustment Counseling Therapist on the multidisciplinary team that is located in a community-based Vet Center that provides veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources. In addition, the Readjustment Counseling Program provides community education regarding the problems and needs of the veteran. The incumbent maintains an office in the Vet Center, and provides outreach to prospective clients, renders services to clients and engages in community networking. The incumbent will work in cooperative collaboration with other team members and with professionals, paraprofessionals, volunteers and others in VA facilities and community agencies to help veterans recognize and resolve their problems and needs.

The counseling and therapeutic services provided by the Vet Center range from routine to complex and include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, short- and long-term treatment with clients exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder, other psychiatric disorders and/or readjustment problems. The breadth of clients encountered and problems exhibited necessitates a variety of psychological, rehabilitation, social work, counseling and mental health techniques including, but not limited to, individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling.



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Time-in-Grade Restriction - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. Time-in-grade requirements for this position must be met by Thursday, April 04, 2013 For the GS-12 level, these applicants must have held at least the GS-11 grade or higher for a year.

To qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11 level). Specialized experience includes, experience in providing individual, family, and group therapy; providing clinical crisis intervention; develop and implement a treatment plan; knowledge of military service and procedures sufficient to provide readjustment assistance to military; and recognize various mental illnesses and methods of treatment.


The following Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities listed below which must be supported by the information contained in your resume and other application materials.

  1. Ability to provide all clinical services in the Vet Center.
  2. Authoritative knowledge of veteran and family issues and needs, including PTSD and other social/psychological problems.
  3. Knowledge and ability necessary to establish and maintain liaison to VA and community resources for referral, outreach, and maintaining community-based operations. 
  4. Ability and skills in public speaking and education to the community, other professionals, VA staff, and local Readjustment Counseling Service staff.
  5. Knowledge of counseling theory and practice.
  6. Ability to provide pscho-social treatment to combat veterans and/or their families.
  7. Ability to assess the psychological functioning and needs of combat veterans and their families and to formulate and implement treatment plans.
  8. Ability to recognize overt and covert symptoms of suicidal, homicidal, destructive,and other violent behavior.
  9. Ability to work on a multi-disciplinary team.

There is no education substitution at the GS-12 grade level.


WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

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. *** 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. ***



Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to  For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at 2030 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.



The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP & CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 04, 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.   Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to 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
  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.

  To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 866619.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

  • Résumé
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Veterans Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate
  • Unofficial college transcript for education used to qualify. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.)
  • Use this checklist to ensure you've submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Steven A. Woodruff
Phone: (206)658-4279
Agency Information:
VHA Puget Sound HCS
1660 S Columbian Way S-005A -HRMS
Seattle, WA


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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