- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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 AND (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 predoctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979 are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement. (Copy of unofficial college transcript required)
- 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. Exception. The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligible requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(a)(1)(D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
- In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in spoken and written English.
- Must meet physical requirements as outlined in the 'PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS' section of this announcement.
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GS-11 None beyond basic requirements. Staff psychologists at this level practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.
GS-12 In addition to basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to next lower grade level in Federal service is required. In addition, candidates must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs): (1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; (2) Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; (3) Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologist practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.
GS-13 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. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAOs: (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. This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level, psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARDS dated March 17, 2006. http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc .
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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: Light lifting, under 15 pounds. Use of fingers. Both hands required. Walking (up to 2 hours). Standing (up to 3 hours) Both eyes required. Ability to distinguish basic colors. Ability to distinguish shades of colors. Hearing (aid permitted). Repetitive use of computer.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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.