(From VHA Qualification Standards)
Education: Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychologist Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed, AND successful completion of a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided such programs were sanctioned by 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: Current, full 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.
English Proficiency: Providers appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d) and 7407(d).
Specialized Experience: One year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to a GS-13 level in the Federal Service. The experience must have been gained in a professional program concerned with psychological diagnosis, intervention and behavioral health, which qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
Physical Requirements: Work is generally sedentary. Typically, the Psychologist sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of some light items such as papers, books, small pieces of equipment and supplies, or driving an automobile. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
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: 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.***
Reference: VA Qualification Standards (Handbook 5005) is available in the local Human Resources Office.
- Subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
- Selectee will be presented to a peer review board to determine final grade and salary.
- Subject to a one year probationary period.
- Position does not confer competitive status.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/.)
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional announcements.
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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) Additionally, veteran with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference." and required documentation with your application material.
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. An incomplete application will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions.