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Job Title:  Coordinator Clinical Psychologist - PTSD
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-552-13-910895

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$98,452.00 to $127,985.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 910895 

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?


These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.  This position is a full-time permanent Coordinator/Clinical Psychologist located in the Mental Health Service Post-traumatic Stress Recovery PTSR) Program.  The staff psychologist will also be the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Coordinator and will have collateral supervisory responsibilities, administrative and managerial duties.

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.


NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


 VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • DD214 -Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty


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The Staff Psychologist will diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessment, 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 psycho therapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environment interventions.  

The primary job functions of the psychologist at this level include the provision to direct psychological patient care, including consultation services on difficult or complex cases and education to staff and trainee supervision.  At this level may also have research obligations associated with a university faculty appointment.

The staff psychologist in the PTSD Coordinator position will have collateral supervisory responsibilities and administrative managerial duties as detailed below:

  • Provide a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex and unusually difficult patients with PTSD diagnoses.
  • Provide education to patients, family members and significant others.
  • Provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family and group psychotherapy.
  • Comply with national and local performance measures including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.
  • Comply with all Computerized Patient Records System (CPRS) documentation procedures.
  • Provide consultation to professional staff within the Dayton VA Medical Center and to community providers.
  • Develop, implement and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned case load of patients.
  • Responsible for completing Compensation and Pension examinations as instructed by the Chief, Mental Health Service.
  • Function independently as a member of the Dayton VA Medical Center Staff, with full clinical privileges.
  • Provide clinical supervision and instruction for psychology interns.
  • Provide didactic training experience for Psychology Interns and for intern disciplinary staff within the Medical Center.
  • Oversee administrative and programmatic resources and responsibilities for the PTSD Program that delivers highly specialized, complex and professional trauma related services and interventions including assessment, case management, psychotherapy, and education for Veterans with trauma exposure.
  • Execute ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.
  • Facilitate liaisons with other Mental Health programs in the Mental health Service and other Services in order to effectively coordinate PTSD services.
  • Responsible for ensuring the Program and staff comply with national and local performance measures.
  • Responsible for directing the activities of the multidisciplinary clinical team comprised of psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists, and program clerks.
  • Direct, coordinate, administer and manage all aspects of the PTSD program, including comprehensive planning, developing and implementing programs, policies and procedures, determining program needs, etc.
  • Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Chief (or designee) and facility Director.


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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate prrogam in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
  • Hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Terrioty, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. 

Experience. At least one year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterick (*).

(1) Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines.

*(2) Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives, and ability to devise ways to adapt work operations to new and changing programs, staffing and budget requirements, etc.

*(3) Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations.

*(4) Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards.

(5) knowledge of, and ability to appropriately utilize, evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines and ability to guide staff in using these tools.

(6) ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests and points of view.

*(7) Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-14 LEVEL:   Requires at least one year professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Hold a full, current and unrestricted license at the doctoral level to practice indepently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. Has at least one year pre-doctoral work experience as a psychologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) or comparable professional setting. Able to provide advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  See VA Handbook 5019, Part III, Physical Standards Board 


References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions 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.

When 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 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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


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


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.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE authorized for this position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


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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: 910895.  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 Thursday, July 11, 2013.


Need additional assistance on How To Apply Online: Click on the link for the Application Manager Quick Start Guide.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Mailed documents will not be accepted


Pamela Britt
Phone: (937)268-6511x1860
Agency Information:
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH


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.

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