BASIC REQUIREMENTS AS STATED IN VA HANDBOOK 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/QualStandards.htm.
1. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
2. 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.
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 US Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Foreign Education Requirements: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
3. Licensure and Registration: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctorallevel in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
4. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
5. Specialized Experience:
GS-14 grade requires one year post doctoral experience with licensure. Moreover, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level performing the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include: diagnosing mental disorders; conducting psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments; treating mental disorders through a variety of modalities; providing adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders; managing MHS programs as assigned for quality assurance, practices and improvement when necessary; participatiing in activities and programs beneficial to the medical center including committees, task forces, investigations, performance improvement teams; etc.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Conditions of Employment
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 will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
Selective Service: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system. Please visit https://www.sss.gov for more information.
Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.
Relocation Expense: Not authorized.
Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
Specifically, you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Ability to effectively supervise and manage subordinate employees.
2. Skilled in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees.
3. Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided and each venue.
4. Skilled in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution.
5. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests and points of view.
6. Skilled in working collaboratively with other disciplines and supervisors.