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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JV-13-272CW-886046

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

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$85,500.00 to $111,148.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Carrollton, GA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens




Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 886046 

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 part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

The Atlanta VAMC has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. The facility also serves as a prosthetics treatment center, fabricating and supplying mechanical devices such as artificial limbs for patients within the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

The Atlanta VA Medical Center is located at 1670 Clairmont Road in Decatur, Georgia. The medical center oversees seven VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Smyrna (Cobb County); Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County); Oakwood (Hall County); East Point (South Fulton County); Stockbridge (Henry County); Newnan (Coweta County) and Blairsville (Union County) in addition to an outpatient clinic in Decatur and an outreach clinic in Rome, Georgia.  

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered under Title 38 excepted appointment authority, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


GRADE/SALARY DETERMINATION: The candidate tentatively selected will be reviewed by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) and must meet PSB requirements prior to appointment. This PSB will evaluate the candidate qualifications for the position and determine the grade level. The incumbent selected will be appointed at the appropriate grade level based on qualifying experience, education and other credentials related to the work of the position.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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This Clinical Psychologist will serve as a professional staff member of the Geriatrics & Extended Care Service Line. The incumbent provides a full range of psychological services within the areas of assignment that include: Psycho Diagnostics, Case Management, and Psychotherapy.  Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


·         Administrative duties, including comprehensive documentation that details adequacy, nature, and scope of services rendered and validation of responsibility.

·         Provide psychological evaluation and behavioral treatment.

·         Administer a wide variety of group and individual tests.

·         Use a variety of intelligence and personality assessment measures.

·         Conduct interviews; use rating scales, questionnaires or other measurement devices; and observe patients to assess emotional, functional or psychological conditions.

·         Plan appropriate clinical treatment for individual patients based on data gathered during assessments.

·         Promote, supervise and provide individual and group psychotherapy.

·         Lead a group and/or conduct individual therapy sessions using a full range of therapeutic techniques and skills.

·         Use the following therapeutic or clinical modalities: Eclectic, Supportive, Behavior Modification, Biofeedback, Hypnosis, Couples, Family, Sexual Dysfunction, Evaluation and Disposition.

·         Evaluate/Adjust treatment as necessary.

·         Will be trained for and provide services for both the Community Living Center and Home Based Primary Care.


Functional Statement # 077630


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm (Management reserves the right to determine and change the work schedule)


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation and Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for this position.


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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.)


    (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.

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.

NOTE: Once appointed, Psychologists must maintain the required licensure to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure will result in removal from the Psychologist occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.


In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be in order to qualify for the GS-13 grade level:

* At least 1 year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in which the applicant demonstrated the following knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; and ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.  Examples of this experience include work in which the applicant diagnose mental disorders; conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments; treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities; provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders; consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues; and may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.


Physical Requirements. Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. Incumbents must be able to walk in a variety of conditions affected by weather and traffic; lift; stand and sit for prolonged amounts of time; bend frequently; reach; push; move and stoop repetitively. Mental/sensory requirements include: recollection, reasoning, problem solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking.


English Language Proficiency.  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j.





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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***



Applicants must fully demonstrate the following professional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for this position. Because you will be rated on these, your resume must show that you are able to demonstrate these KSAs. You do not need to provide narrative responses to these KSAs at this time.

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.


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.


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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, thrift savings plan, 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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees in this position 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


Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application
checklist or visit

Bargaining Unit Status: National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)


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


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.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, 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 all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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: 886046.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.


The following documents are required for all applicants:

· Résumé / CV: For each job/position listed, you must include a job title, detailed duties, month and year for each start/end date and if full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.

· VA Form 10-2850c- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at: Must be complete AND signed.

· Responses to the questionnaire

· Copy of your current, active license

· Copy of your college transcript(s) - (Note: Official transcripts will be required if you are selected)

The following documents should be submitted, if applicable:

· SF-50: If you are a current VA employee, submit a copy of your latest SF-50 that shows your grade, step, salary and tenure (not an award SF-50).

· To receive Veterans Preference, you must submit: Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy).

· Disabled Veterans & those claiming 10-Point Preference must submit: SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) along with the supporting documents required by that form. Please read page 2 of the form for acceptable supporting documents. (Available at:

NOTE: The information provided on these documents will be the main source for determining your qualifications and eligibility for this position. Be sure to give complete and accurate information. If you do not furnish documents or your information is incomplete, inaccurate or illegible, it may not be possible to determine your eligibility and you will not receive further consideration for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the correct forms and documentation. Additional guidance on completing these forms is available from HRMS.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IDMA (Ineligible due to documents missing). Request for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmission


HRMS Service Line
Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
Agency Information:


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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.

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