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Job Title:  Psychologist (Director, Center of Excellence)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  IB-13-JBw-945240

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$113,735.00 to $147,857.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 19, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Waco, TX United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


This position may be filled by a Psychologist; Physician (Psychiatrist); Nurse; Social Worker; or Health Science Officer.

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) T945240


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?

The VISN 17 Center of Excellence (COE) is committed to first class research to promote and improve mental health care, treatment and counseling services for returning war Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND).  The focus of the COE is on the development and delivery of state-of-the-art care and treatment for mental health conditions and associated sequelae.  We are looking for a dedicated leader with strong research and administrative skills to further grow and develop this research enterprise to its full potential!  A faculty appointment at the Texas A&M College of Medicine commensurate with professional experience will be available to facilitate this challenging, but extremely rewarding, opportunity.  The COE has an annual operating budget of approximately $3M with permanent full-time staff and faculty positions available for recruitment of premier researchers.  A $9.8M renovation construction project is currently underway which will be the new headquarters of the COE when activated in 2014.


The COE is well equipped with resources such as sophisticated MRI equipment, wet and dry lab space, training facilities, and videoconferencing equipment to support high caliber research.  A joint Memorandum of Agreement between Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, and VA Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, and VISN 17 Center of Excellence provides significant opportunities for clinical research innovation as troops who may develop symptoms of psychological war-related trauma return to Ft. Hood, Texas


Given the unique concentration of active military and Veterans in VISN 17, the strength of the Center's research and clinical mission, the commitment of VA, and federal/private sector funding, VISN 17 COE has an unparalleled opportunity to shape and influence not only the research and clinical agenda within VHA, but the ongoing national dialogue on how best to improve Veterans' health and quality of life.   

About Central Texas: The VISN 17 COE is located on the beautiful historic Waco Campus of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS). Central Texas is home of the world renowned“Texas Hill Country”, painted with exquisite landscape and relaxing quality of life with abundant settings for family activities. The beautiful lakes and streams of the Hill Country provide ample opportunity for water sports, hunting and outdoor recreation, while the moderate climate allows year-round outdoor access. Central Texas is famous not only for its barbeque but also for its friendly, hospitable people and its healthy environment. The region is home to some of the best public schools in the country. Real estate prices in Central Texas are among the lowest in the nation; and commute times to metropolitan housing as well as ranches and farms are nominal. The I-35 corridor provides access to the major metropolitan attractions of Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin, each within 90 minutes travel time. Waco is a thriving metropolitan city in Central Texas with an established entertainment district and is home to Baylor University, which provides the region with world class collegiate sporting events and entertainment opportunities -- and touts the successes of Heisman Award Trophy recipient Robert Griffin, III “RG3”! Central Texas is located Northwest of Houston, East of Austin and South of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Texas is the native birthplace of two US Presidents and home to another two US Presidents. Museums and other cultural venues present visitors with opportunities for learning about the rich heritage that helped to form present-day Texas. The neighboring communities of Temple, Belton, Killeen, Fort Hood and surrounding towns make for a diverse and well rounded Central Texas area with a very comfortable quality of life! NO STATE TAXES!!!


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 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


Relocation/Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.


  • 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
  • Must meet education and licensure requirements


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You will serve as the Director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 17 Center of Excellence (CoE) for Research on Returning War Veterans, with full programmatic authority for all professional, management and administrative aspects of the CoE.  You will oversee and direct CoE research projects, educational programs, and clinical demonstration programs.  The Director conducts relevant scientific research and is a recognized expert with a national and/or international reputation in the area of mental health research.


Administrative Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Supervisory responsibility for subordinates and responsibility for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of the CoE.
  • Organizing work, setting priorities, delegating tasks, and meeting multiple deadlines.
  • Responsibility for the strategic development, implementation, staffing, budgeting and overall leadership of the CoE.
  • Ensuring that all research activities have been reviewed and approved by the relevant VA Institutional Review Boards and Research Committees.
  • Ensuring staff members follow requirements for performance of duties at VA work sites or approved alternatives and appropriate documentation is available.
  • Ensuring records of attendance and leave follow Veterans Health Administration (VHA) requirements.
  • Maintaining relationships that facilitate collaborative work with staff and other programs/centers, as well as resolving conflicts.
  • Communicating goals, objectives and priorities to subordinate staff.
  • Providing budget formation, justification and execution; financial management; and financial reporting.
  • Managing organizational changes throughout the CoE and approving the allocation and distribution of funds in the CoE's budget.


Research Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 


  • Engaging in and supporting scientific research programs, including accomplishing the scientific review and evaluation process for the research programs.
  • Developing policies, procedures and criteria for administration of the CoE Research program.
  • Promoting research initiatives designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches.
  • Providing structured mentorship for developing research professionals within the CoE and collaborators across the nation.
  • Maintaining the CoE research focus on returning war Veterans in order to be maximally useful to current and future generations of Veterans and their families returning from conflict.
  • Serving as Principal Investigator in writing and obtaining grants from VA and external funding sources.
  • Developing effective collaborations with academic partners, VA and other research agencies.


Clinical Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Arranging and ensuring discipline-specific oversight for all clinical care delivered by other disciplines' staff and trainees not yet independently licensed.
  • Providing professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional practice and evidence-based interventions.


Academic/Teaching/Training Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Holding an appointment as an Associate or Full Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine.
  • Involvement in the facility Psychology Training Programs and Training Committee.
  • Providing mental health research leadership and mentoring.



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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.
  • Education.

        (1)  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.  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 pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of

        the internship requirement.

  • 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.
  • Physical Requirements.  No special physical demands are required for this position.  Employee frequently carries light items such as paper files, records, etc.  The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing.  Selectee must pass a pre-employment examination.
  • English Language Proficiency.  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA policy. 

Preferred Experience:  Experience as a recognized leader, with a national and/or international reputation, in conducting relevant scientific research in the area of Mental Health to include extensive experience as a principal investigator obtaining extramural grant funding, writing grants and publications, and making presentations at scientific conferences; as well as directing research projects, educational programs, and clinical demonstration programs.  



Experience.  At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for that level (GS-14 listed below).  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs (KSAs for the GS-15 listed below) and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for the GS-14: 

1.  Strong skills in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution.

2.  Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines; work with full autonomy.

3.  Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operations of the program.

4.  Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well coordinated and controlled work operations.


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for the GS-15:

  1.  Knowledge of, and ability to effectively communicate, existing policies and regulations.

*2.  Ability to develop and recommend new or revised policies that are consistent with organizational goals and objectives.

*3.  Skill in leading senior management officials in policy development.

*4.  Ability to influence high level officials in adoption of, and conformance to, performance measures, monitors, and other policy guidelines.

  5.  Knowledge of, and ability to utilize, resource materials and to develop new materials when needed.

  6.  Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a diverse group of professional staff and management officials who are often at the highest management levels. 

References:  VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, at



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:  No special physical demands are required for this position. Employee frequently carries light items such as paper files, records, etc. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing.

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


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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HOW TO APPLY: 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 Thursday, September 19, 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.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents:


1.  CV or Resume (required)

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required)

3.  Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.  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

5.  If currently employed in the Federal Government, include latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50. (required)

6.  Copy of Transcripts (required)

7.  Copy of Completion of Internship (required)

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 945240.
  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 Thursday, September 19, 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.


Judy B. Wilson
Phone: (817)385-5933
Agency Information:
2301 East Lamar Blvd
Suite 650
Arlington, TX


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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