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Job Title:  Supervisory Psychologist (Associate Chief, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DQ-14-DBu-963198

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,702.00 to $137,410.00 / Per Year
Monday, October 21, 2013 to Monday, November 04, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Providence, RI View Map
United States Citizens


Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional care that improves their health and well-being.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 963198

Be a member of our team providing compassionate health care to Veterans. We are an employer of choice and a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information.

Our Medical Center is located in Providence, RI with outpatient clinics located in Middletown, RI, Hyannis and New Bedford, MA. We provide high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient care to Veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Rhode Island, also known as The Ocean State, offers a range of lifestyles to those seeking the advantages of an exciting city or a relaxing country setting.

This Psychologist position is located in Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service and is not a bargaining unit position.

This is a permanent full-time position. The work schedule is: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

One position will be filled by one of the following disciplines:

  • Physician (Psychiatrist)
  • Supervisory Psychologist
  • Supervisory Social Worker
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
  • Registered Nurse

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.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and random drug testing required.


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Responsible for providing the professional, managerial, administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service (MH&BSS) a large complex service comprised of multiple diverse programs delivering specialized professional services that significantly impact the health care provided to veterans. MH&BSS is one of the largest major clinical services at the Providence VA Medical Center. Services and programs supervised are highly professional, technical, and complex. Very wide latitude and independent judgment are exercised in making major decisions affecting staff and other resources associated with the managed programs. The Associate Chief is a full assistant chief sharing fully in the responsibilities, and authorities of the "Chief" with full responsibility and accountability for major decisions such as hiring, firing, executive career field (ECF) performance plans and evaluations, disciplinary actions, budgetary issues, program oversight, performance improvement plan, quality assurance and strategic planning. The incumbent has both staff and line responsibilities as well as teaching and research.


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(From VHA Qualification Standards)

Basic Requirements:

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: 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.

Additional Requirements/Information:

  • 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

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.


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.


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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


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

Receive 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 serviced 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 is not an entitlement and is at the discretion of the medical center.


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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. For additional information see VA Guide to Applying for VA Vacancies at

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 04, 2013.

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144.

Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy Identification Number 963198 
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV), Résumé or application
  2. Online Questionnaire.
  3. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required), which shows your current position title/grade and step.
  4. Proof of meeting educational requirement (unofficial transcript is acceptable for initial application. If selected you will be required to furnish an official transcript).
  5. Copy of licensure.

Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit the following:

  1. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
  2. SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference (if applicable)
  3. VA letter of service-connected disability rating (if applicable) dated 1991 or later.


Michele Gilbault
Phone: (401)459-4770x4723
Agency Information:
VHA Providence VAMC
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents) and if found qualified, you will be referred to the Selecting Official for consideration for an interview. You may or may not be interviewed.

An electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address; otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Applicants who have never worked for the federal government will receive a tentative job offer. Applicants must complete an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, prior to receiving a firm offer. This form is available at

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