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Job Title:CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST - Foundations of Recovery (FOR)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:913438AC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$96,867.00 to $125,926.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 01, 2013 to Monday, July 22, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Menlo Park, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 913438 (Include # on all documents)

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?

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.

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.

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 .  


  • 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
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology


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1.     WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday: 8:00AM to 4:30PM

2.     The annual salary is determined by Boarding.

3.     Relocation expenses will NOT be reimbursed.

4.     Functional Statement Number: 000000

5.     Position Information:    

This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.  Staff psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, provide adjunctive rehabilitation-oriented interventions for the treatment of medical disorders and disabilities.  The modalities include but are not limited to individual, group, and family psychotherapies They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists maybe involved in the training of psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows and trainees in other disciplines such as medicine, nursing, social work, rehabilitation and others. They may also be involved in program evaluation and research activities and in providing services that facilitate the operation of the health care system such as Employee Assistance Counseling, VA Police Psychological evaluations, and forensic evaluations.  Staff psychologists may also be called upon to assist with a variety of administrative functions for the programs in which they work, for Psychology Service and for the Health Care System.


Clinical Psychologist - Program Manager for Foundation of Recovery Program (FOR) is assigned to manage a 24-bed Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program.  Responsibilities include: working effectively and collaboratively with the Director and the Medical Director of Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) to coordinate the functioning of multidisciplinary staff; oversee the continued development and implementation of the treatment protocols; guide decision making regarding admission and transfer of patients; and general orientation to new staff and students. He/she takes lead in preparing the program for all accrediation and surveys, and is responsible for working with the Directors of ATS to formulate policies. The incumbent provides a full range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions for SUD and co-occuring mental health concerns in an inpatient, outpatient, and residential setting. He/she undertakes or participates in special projects, identifies and determines training priorities, develops and improves training guidiance in both classroom and other group setting instructions.



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Basic Requirements:

Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States.

Education:  (a) Doctoral degree in Psychology from a graduate program in psychology from an accredited college or university whose curriculum psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and

(b) Full curriculum in clinical or counseling psychology or other specialty area of psychology pertinent to the position being filled. The specialty area of the degree must be the same as that in which the applicant is to be employed; and (c) Completed a professional psychology internship training program accredited by the APA and which are satisfactory to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Licensure:  Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.  Exception: The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or certification for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provides care only under the direct supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed.  Failure to obtain licensure during the 2-year period may result in termination of employment.  

Physical Standards:  Must pass physical examination and TB test before entering on duty.

English Language Proficiency:  Psychologist must be proficient in spoken and written English. 


GS-13  Do you possess of a minimum of two (2) years of postdoctoral experience with 1 year of experience comparable in difficulty to the next lower grade (GS-12) in the Federal Service, and appropriate to the specialty area of the position being filled? 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires light lifting under 15 pounds, both hands required; walking & standing 1 hour; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic color, shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted). The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Ability to assess and provide treatment to patients who present suicide ideations. 

  1. Ability to provide mental health compensation and pension evaluations
  2. Abiliy to provide academic teaching/training as evidenced by providing supervision to trainees or training to other health professionals at the postdoctoral level
  3. Ability to conduct studies, and special projects as evidenced by reserach experience and/or program evaluation at the postdoctoral level.


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. ***

Veterans' Preference:

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 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 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.


RPL/ICTAP/CTAP:  The Reemployment Priority List (RPL), 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. Information about RPL, ICTAP, and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at:


Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:


The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days.








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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 COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) 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: 913438.  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 Monday, July 22, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the below required items- failure to do so will result in lost consideration:

  1. CV or RESUME.
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

  3. Completed 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 [Member-4 copy] (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  In addition, the civil service preference letter stipulating percentage of disability is required.
  6. SF-50.  If you are a current or former federal employee, you must include your latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).



Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144


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 electronically notified when this decision is made.

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