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Job Title:  Psychologist (Dom Chief)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  YD-13-SMM-872677-MHC

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

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$87,292.00 to $113,478.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Coatesville, PA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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?

Coatesville is located in beautiful, historic Chester County, close to Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Lancaster and Wilmington.  This geographically diverse and scenic area of southeastern Pennsylvania is home to many famous historic sites and museums.  The nearby City of Philadelphia (30 miles) has Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many other national treasures within its Independence National Historical Park.  Valley Forge and the Brandywine Battlefield are only 20 minutes from Coatesville.  Plentiful sporting, recreational, and leisure time opportunities exist in the local area.  Golf, fishing, boating, camping, running, biking, baseball, basketball, ice-skating, swimming, tennis, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and all major league professional sports can be found within easy driving distances.  Numerous high quality visitor attractions such as, the Philadelphia Zoo, Longwood Gardens, Brandywine River Museum, Barnes Collection and Philadelphia Museum of Art can also be enjoyed.

For more information on Coatesville VA please visit


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply




  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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Appointment to this position, Grade and Salary will be based on the recommendation of the Professional Standards Board and approval by the Medical Center Director 


1. Applicant(s) will be required to enroll and complete electronic credentialing through Vet Pro

TOUR OF DUTY: Typically Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Off tour coverage may also be expected.

DUTIES: The Coatesville VAMC is a 472-bed facility with psychiatry, primary care and nursing home units that serves as the tertiary center for the eastern half of Veteran's Integrated Service Network 4 (PA, NJ, DE) for veterans who have served our nation from World War I to the current global conflict. All the units have PA's/Internists managing medical issues. The Dom Director will serve as the overall program manager for CVAMC's Dom-based programs which include an 80-bed Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV), a 75-bed Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) and a 34-bed PTSD-RRTP. 17 beds are currently set-aside for women veterans to address SUD, PTSD and homeless needs. The Dom Director has overall responsibility for all aspects of the clinical care and support services provided to veterans participating in these programs. The incumbent develops and implements policies in coordination with various clinical, allied health and administrative programs located within CVAMC. Responsible for coordinating all admissions and for the overall success of all direct patient care and support activities within Dom. Manages all clinical and administrative operations of the Dom, inclusive of nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation services to ensure the safe, efficient and effective provision of rehabilitation and treatment services. Ensures the Dom is operated in compliance with all VHA Directives, policies and procedures, Uniform Mental Health Handbook, and MHRRTP Handbook. Demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to the management of complex patient care. Utilizes a comprehensive range of clinical expertise and knowledge of therapeutic modalities in the design and implementation of psychosocial rehabilitative services in order to bring each resident to an optimal level of functional independence and health in preparation of successful reintegration into the community. The incumbent works with the MH Business Manager to manage the Dom fund control point expenditures and has input into the development of budget estimates covering requirements for procurement of supplies, equipment, and personal services.


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Qualifications :   

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:

Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States

Education: 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


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

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

English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2 section D, paragraph 5a, this part 

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

In describing your experience please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

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. ***

REQUIREMENTS (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment): 

  • Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees may be subject to a probationary period.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (version dated January 2001), must be submitted prior to appointment.   This form is available at


Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation.  When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience and education are subject to verification by investigation.  You may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience or education as proof to support your answers, or you may be required to verify a response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs 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. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at



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

An Application for Psychologist (VAF 10-2850c)
Curriculum Vitae
A complete Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire
Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.

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 you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or 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:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire,
Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
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:

Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID TAG:VacancyID.
Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

(1)  Application for Psychologist (VAF 10-2850c) To which includes documentation of board certification.  A curriculum vitae should also be submitted for additional information along with three (3) references and a copy of an active, current, full, and unrestricted license

(2)  Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306)

(3)  A complete Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire

(4)  If applicable, copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) for all periods of service which shows the character of discharge.  This is required for all veteran applicants.  If you are claiming 10-point Veteran Preference, you are required to submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (SF 15) with all supporting documentation

(5)  If you are a current or former civilian, federal government employee, a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF 50B) and a copy of your most recent proficiency 

You may obtain the Application for Physicians (VAF 10-2850), Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306), and Application for 10-point Veteran Preference (SF 15) online at

For more information on Veterans' eligibility, please visit

Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything!

DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED:   In accordance with Executive Order 12564, applicants selected for this position are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment.   In addition, this position is a drug-testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

REMARKS:   Management reserves the right to fill this position by other means such as reassignment, transfer, demotion, or hiring from outside the station at any time it is felt that this will result in the recruitment of a better qualified candidate.   Discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, religion, lawful political or employee organization affiliation, age, marital status, or non-disqualifying handicap, are not considerations in evaluating the qualifications of an employee.   This agency 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 agency.   The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. 




Scott Means
Phone: (610)384-7711
Agency Information:
VHA Coatesville VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
1400 Black Horse Hill Road
Coatesville, PA


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

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