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Job Title:  Supervisory Clinical Psychologist (Team Leader)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  HO-13-2013-182-BPH-947269

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$83,507.00 to $108,558.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 29, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Honolulu, HI United StatesView Map
Kailua Kona, HI United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 947269

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 the 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.

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.


A 12.25% Cost of Living Allowance* (COLA) for Honolulu, Hawaii and a 6.24% Cost of Living Allowance* (COLA) for Kailua-Kona, Hawaii is in addition to the stated salary range.

*COLA is subject to change without notice.


NOTE:  This position is currently being announced under five different disciplines.  Only one applicant (one discipline) will be selected.  Please refer to the following Vacancy ID Numbers to apply under the corresponding disciplines: 947273 for Readjustment Counseling Therapists, 947269 for Clinical Psychologists, 947242 for Social Workers, 947270 for Marriage and Family Therapist and 947271 for Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor.


  • 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


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The incumbent serves as Supervisory Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader on the multidisciplinary team that is located in a community- based Vet Center that provides veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources; and provides community education regarding the problems and needs of the veteran. The Counseling and therapeutic services provided by the Vet Center range from routine to complex and include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, short and long term treatment with clients exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder, other psychiatric disorders and/or readjustment problems. The breadth of clients encountered and problems exhibited necessitates a variety of psychological, rehabilitation, social work, counseling and mental health techniques including, but not limited to individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling. The Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader’s primary responsibility is to provide clinical and administrative leadership, management and supervision of all Vet Center staff and to plan, develop, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate all treatment services of the Vet Center. The Clinical Psychologist /Team Leader must possess a high degree of clinical skill, including the unique skills needed to work with veterans and the significant others and to supervise and to provide consultation to professionals and paraprofessionals providing clinical services. In addition, the incumbent must possess the capability to perform administrative tasks required in the community-based office of a program with a unique administrative structure and a variety of formal and informal working relationships with a wide range of VA Facilities and community organizations. The Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader is solely responsible in the Center for supervising the broad range of psychological services to a large number of veterans, many of whom are acutely distressed. These services include intake assessment care formulation, treatment planning, crisis intervention and individual, couple. Family and group counseling. Furthermore, the Psychologist provides direct professional patient care; these services include psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological testing and disability evaluations as well as specialized forms of group counseling and psychotherapy. In these capacities, the psychologist provides a major resource for helping veterans with some of the primary problems facing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, personal emotional instability, family alienation and maladaptive behavior, marital discord, difficulties associated with the development of intimate relationships and problems maintaining satisfactory employment. The impact of the psychologists assistance in these areas mentioned above has broad implications for the health and successful development of the immediate family, children, the veteran himself. Marriages and the contribution which the veteran and his family members make to the society at large. The Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader has exclusive and independent responsibility in the center for providing psychological testing and evaluation and integrating these findings with the interdisciplinary staff of the Center in such a manner that the information contributes to the overall welfare and treatment of the client and his/her significant others. Additionally, she/he is the only Vet Center professional authorized to make formal diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The psychologist has responsibility for providing individual, group, family couples counseling and therapy both on an individual basis and as a contributing member of the interdisciplinary team. She/he has direct responsibility for supervising all direct professional services at the Vet Center and for communicating psychodiagnostic findings and psychotherapy implications and needs to multidisciplinary professional members of the Medical Center when Outreach Center clients require inpatient hospitalization or outpatient treatment at the Medical Center. The psychologist has the responsibility for evaluating all clients for state Labor, Industry, etc., disability claims, and making the appropriate referrals. The psychologist has responsibilities for providing professional liaison with Medical Center staff and programs closely involved with the treatment of veterans. In providing information which contributes to continuity of client care, the psychologist may perform direct, specialized psychological services for veterans in the Medical Center; the psychologist shares the responsibility for ensuring that all contracted services to veterans are provided in a professional, ethical and effective way. The psychologist is also responsible for sharing knowledge with the support facilities Psychology Service staff and for developing research and program evaluation pertinent to stress and veterans areas where scientific knowledge is needed. The position involves the provision of support and guidance to Vet Center staff and development of in-service training and educational procedures for staff self-development.


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The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by:  Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402.  To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:


Citizenship:  Citizen of the United States. 




    (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.




    (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:   See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.


GS-13 Experience:  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 addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

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.

4.  For supervisory assignments; a.  Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives. b.  Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability. 

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.

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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 05, 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

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

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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 947269.
  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 05, 2013Thursday, September 05, 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 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.


Brendan P. Haymaker
Phone: (808)433-7546
Agency Information:
VHA Pacific Islands HCS
459 Patterson Road
Honolulu, HI


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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