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Job Title:  Psychologist - Neuropsychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  CIH-13-946498-ARJ

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

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$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 to Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Des Moines, IA United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 946498 (Include # on all documents)


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. 

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

The VA Central Iowa Health Care System provides a full continuum of care between the Des Moines campus and our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) and is one of the Medical Centers that make up the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).  The selectee may be expected to perform duties at other duty sites within VA Central Iowa Health Care System based on the needs of the organization.

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 not authorized for this position.


  • 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


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Applicants within six months of graduation with a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) will be considered.  If selected, the individual will be appointed as a temporary Graduate Psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment, which may result in termination of employment.

Work Schedule: 08:00am-04:30pm – Monday thru Friday.  Tour will be primarily administrative with possible rotation to off shifts as necessary, as well as possible evening and weekend coverage. 


VA Central Iowa Health Care System is recruiting a neuropsychologist to develop and deliver neuropsychology services to Veterans at the Des Moines VA. We prefer candidates who have completed an APA-approved post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology, and would support the selected candidate in obtaining certification in clinical neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology after hire. A major responsibility of this position is to address in a timely manner neuropsychology consults submitted by the various service lines of the Des Moines VA.


Des Moines is the quintessential, mid-sized Midwestern city—low crime, low housing costs, low commute times, high employment and good schools. It consistently ranks at, or near the top in numerous measures of livability (


This is an exciting opportunity for a confident professional with advanced skills in neuropsychology.


Duties & Responsibilities of the Neuropsychologist:

·         Develop high-quality, evidence-based neuropsychological testing services for Veterans at the Des Moines VA.

·         Provide high-quality, evidence-based neuropsychological testing for Veterans at the Des Moines VA.

·         Address and manage neuropsychology consults in a timely and appropriate manner in the Client Patient Record System (CPRS).

·         Develop, analyze and maintain a neuropsychological patient database.

·         Act as a consultant on neuropsychological issues for staff at VACIHCS.

·         Provide two didactic seminars on neuropsychological issues for the Psychology Internship Training Program.

·         Offer and potentially supervise a major or minor rotation in Neuropsychology for the Psychology Internship Training Program.




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Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)



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.




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.



GS-11 no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements;

GS-12 In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist 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;

GS-13 In additional to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to GS-12 grade level.   Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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 licensure requirement may be waived for a period of not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that the psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed.  Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility 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 a termination of employment.


PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  If boarded at a lower grade level, there is non-competitive promotion potential to higher-grade level(s), contingent upon meeting qualifications and legal/regulatory requirements, demonstration of ability to perform at the higher level, as well as sufficient work at the higher level to support the grade of the position. 


The above is a summary of the Qualification Standard contained in VHA Handbook 5005 for the announced position.  The complete Qualification Standard is available for applicants' review in Human Resources Management Service.




PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:The work is usually sedentary, but it requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops and other similar materials. The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.

DRUG TESTING:  In accordance with VA Handbook 5381.1, this position has been designated for random drug testing.  Refusal to submit to testing will result in initiation of disciplinary action, up to and including removal.


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. 


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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 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: 946498.  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 Wednesday, September 04, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


HR Recruitment
Phone: (515)699-5627
Fax: (515)699-5468
Agency Information:
Mental Health
3600 30th St
Des Moines, IA
50310 Fax: (515)699-5468


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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