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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (Chief of Psychiatry)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HYB-583-13-913527TH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$97,131.00 to $126,267.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 24, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Indianapolis, IN United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



OUR MISSION: 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?

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.


In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.


As a VA Clinical Psychologist, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. 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

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.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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]


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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NOTE: This position is open under multiple disciplines - Staff Physician, Staff Nurse,  Psychologist and  Social Worker.


NOTE: Tour of duty for this position is - Monday - Friday working 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.


NOTE: Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.



Duties and Responsibilities of Chief of Psychiatry may include, but are not limited to:

The incumbent is ultimately responsible for the overall day to day functions in Mental Health. They will determine goals,priorities and direction for the Service and clinical operations and will be responsible for assigning duties to staff within Psychiatry Service. The incumbent will conduct regular meetings to keep staff abreast of all clinical business, policies, procedures, goals, priorities and directions. Working with the Psychiatry Service Administrative Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the development of position descriptions and competencies for the direct report staff, along with the development and completion of performance standards and appraisals. The incumbent will address grievances,apply disciplinary policies and nominate incentive awards in all matters concerning Psychiatry Service staff members.

· The Chief of Psychiatry is responsible for the clinical operations and administrative functions of the inpatient psychiatry unit and outpatient programs and is responsible for the overall day to day functions in Mental Health.

· The Chief of Psychiatry directly supervises the clinical Section Chiefs, in addition to staff in the Office of the Chief. The incumbent is responsible for all Psychiatry Service staff.

· The incumbent is responsible for participation the promotion and oversight of appropriate performance improvement and systems redesign activities and advancing the principles of access and timeliness of care.

· Responsibility for meeting all clinical performance measures and monitors relating to Psychiatry Service and assisting the medical center when possible in meeting all others.

· Collaborate with Medical Center leadership in identifying strategic opportunities and initiatives.

· Serveas the primary liaison for common interests between the VA and Indiana University School of Medicine, and specifically the Department of Psychiatry and its Subspecialty Divisions.

· The Chief of Psychiatry is expected to have sufficient expertise and experience to function independently except on very unusual occasions, and is anticipated to primarily serve as a supervisor to others.


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·          U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

·          English language proficiency (writtenand spoken)

·          Physical standards - All applicantsmust meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination priorto employment may be required.

·          License, Registration, CertificationRequirements (as applicable). The Psychologist must 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.

·          Doctoral degree in psychology from agraduate program in psychology accredited by the American PsychologicalAssociation (APA), AND, successful completion of a professional psychologyinternship training program that has been accredited by APA.


Preferred Experience:


Professional experience in Psychiatry/Mental Health Administartion and Clinical in a highly functioning setting.

Examples include: Experience collaborating with leadership, experience participating in wide-range and higher-level management functions for a Psychiatry/Mental Health Administration through participation and planning in operational boards, councils and committees. Serving as the primary liaison for common interests between a hosptial and a University School of Medicine, etc.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: At the GS 14 level you must have one year of professional psychologist experience eqivalent to that of the next lower level as demonstated by the KSA's below:




 Demonstrated Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities (KSA's)

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



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



(3) Ability to translatemanagement goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled workoperations.



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



(5) Knowledge of, and abilityto appropriately utilize, evidence based practices and clinical practiceguidelines and ability to guide staff in using these tools.



(6) Ability to deal effectivelywith individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds,interests, and points of view



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




References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard,GS-180.

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying 15-44 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; both eyes required; working alone; working closely with others.


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


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


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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 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.   [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] 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.

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


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



               1.    Occupational Questionnaire

2.    CV or Resume

3.    VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations - Available at 

4.    Proof of current certification, licensure or registration

5.    Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired

6.    OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at

7.    Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.

8.    If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel


Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 913527.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Tasha D. Henderson
Phone: (317)988-2346
Agency Information:
VHA Indianapolis VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Richard L Roudebush VAMC HRMS
Indianapolis, IN


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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