· U.S. Citizenship. [Non-citizens may be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA
· English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient
in spoken and written English.
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,
The successful completion of a
professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited
by the APA.
Please note: A 2-YEAR POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
IN CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, AS WELL AS DIPLOMATE STATUS BY THE AMERICAN BOARD
OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY (ABPP-CN), IS STRONGLY
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
· Licensure. 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. [The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or
certification for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years
on the condition that such psychologist provides patient care only under the
direct supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed or certified].
EXPERIENCE: To be creditable, experience must be post-doctoral degree and have
required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities, and other characteristics
associated with current professional psychology practice.
PLEASE IDENTIFY, IN
YOUR RESUME, WHERE EACH KSA IS IDENTIFIED; SEE BELOW- GS-11/12/13 SPECIALIZED
IN DESCRIBING YOUR
EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR
GS-11 LEVEL: None beyond the basic requirements.
Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental
disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat
mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive
interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close
supervision of a licensed psychologist.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR
GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the
GS-11 level, applicants must possess at least one (1) year of
postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For
current government employees, at least one (1) year of work experience
equivalent to the next lower grade level. Individuals
assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of obtaining licensure at
the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be
supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and supervision must
meet the standards for psychology licensure. This experience
must have demonstrated: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide
range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a
variety of patient populations; Ability to develop coherent treatment
strategies; Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists 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
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR
GS-13 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the
GS-12 level (knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of
professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of
patient populations; ability to develop coherent treatment strategies; ability
to incorporate new clinical procedures), applicants
must possess at least two (2) years of postdoctoral experience as
a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at least
two (2) year of work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. This
experience must have demonstrated: knowledge of and ability to apply, advanced
professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient
populations; ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas
related to professional psychology and behavioral health; knowledge of related
clinical research literature; (supervisory) ability to provide supervision in
areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to
accomplish the organizational goals and objectives; (supervisory) ability to
provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that
promotes shared accountability.
at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or
neuropsychological assessments, 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 psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback,
psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. (Supervisory)
psychologists at this level independently provide psychological services at all
levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.
VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST,
dated March 17, 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard, Psychology
Series; available in the local Human Resources Office.
It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel
are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the
position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required
for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA
Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be
completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for
candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the
mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the
duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and
other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. The work associated with this position is primarily
sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.
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: 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.
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.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/
OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of
an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)
· Applicants must be
citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the
· 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
· New Appointees will be
subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
· Male applicants born
after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have
registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so
under Selective Service law.
· 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 year probationary
· Public Law 95-201
requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess
the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.
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. 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.