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Job Title:Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-13-965917-CMP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, September 25, 2013 to Wednesday, October 16, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map
Clarksville, TN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 965917 

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.


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 






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.

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-0180-13.  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 at time of hire as well as any promotion action thereafter. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Two (2) vacancies exists. They may be filled under series 0180 Psychologist (this announcement) or 0101 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) (VHA-626-13-965547-CMP) or 0185 Social Worker (VHA-626-13-966445-CMP).

The Psychologist provides readjustment counseling to eligible veterans and family members in the Vet Center program.  Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling to veterans and family members over issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a veteran's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.  This task is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Vet Center or other interdisciplinary treatment teams both within the Department of Veteran Affairs or community agencies, and community/government social services agencies.




  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
  • Background and/or Security Investigation
  • English language proficiency


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***It is our intention that 1 of these 2 positions will have primary duties in Clarksville, TN (probably 4.5 days/week) with Thursday afternoons at the Nashville Vet Center for staffings, etc." 

The other position will be primarily based in Nashville, TN.***


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday.  ***Some nights and weekends may be required.***

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are NOT authorized.

Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized.

Appraised Value Offer (AVO) is NOT authorized.

The Psychologist conducts assessment interviews, develops treatment plans and provides treatment to eligible veterans and their families.  Treatment modalities may include crisis intervention as well as both short and long-term services.  The Psychologist may refer clients to other programs and professionals to include the VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic.  Participates in and provides consultation to other team members; participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel.  Specific clinical tasks of the Psychologist include, but are not limited to:


  • Conduct individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy and assess clients in crisis for suicidal or other violent and destructive behavior. 
  • Intervene with clients in psychological crisis.
  • Conduct psychological counseling to eligible veterans with vocational, educational, physical, and/or emotional disability problems.
  • Carry out diagnostic evaluations on clients and administer and interpret various psychological, vocational and educational tests as indicated.
  • Provide psychological counseling to clients with difficulty and complex problems of personal readjustment from war trauma and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Develop and maintain appropriate referral resources for the treatment of difficult clinical cases.
  • Provide clinical review for third party fee providers.
  • Conduct outreach activities in the community to identify and contact eligible veterans.
  • Provide community education on topics related to Vietnam and post-Vietnam conflicts/wars on PTSD and readjustment issues for the public, professional groups, veterans groups and media.


Screening/Assessment - Independently conduct intake and needs assessment of Veterans and their significant others and establish helping relationships with their clients.


Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - Develop comprehensive and unique goal-directed treatment plans that reflect a course of therapeutic intervention to address the needs identified in the assessment.


Clinical Counseling - Serve as a consultant and advisor to other professional staff on the treatment of clients with complex clinical problems, such as PTSD and physically disabled veterans with severe emotional or family problems.  Serve as a consultant to professional nurses, clinical social workers, psychologists, physicians, and staff at the support facility on complex PTSD and adjustment problems experienced by veterans.


Outreach - Conduct outreach with the specifically to: identify program eligible Veterans and their family members, promote the use of the Vet Center services, and present educational programs about combat Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Readjustment Counseling Service.


Crisis Intervention - Provide crisis intervention, stabilization and follow-up for Veterans and significant others.


Administrative Responsibilities - Serve as clinical case manager for clients of the Mobile Vet Center (MVC) and provide clinical case consultation and assistance to the MVC Counselor and/or MVC specialist/technician on highly complex cases.


Professional Competency/Education - Keep abreast of current state-of-the-art procedures, processes and data-driven treatment approaches.


Referrals - Develop and determine appropriate community referral resources in the VA and private sector, and refer Veterans and their family members to those available resources.



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Basic RequirementsThe 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. (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.)


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. (Transcripts must be submitted at the time of application reflecting degree conferred.)




(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. (Copy of licensure must be submitted at the time of application for verification.)


Loss of Credential.  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.


English Language Proficiency:  Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.


Physical Requirements:  The work is primarily sedentary.  It may require some lifting (10-20 lbs) occasionally.  Reaching above shoulder; frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); sitting (4-7 hours per day); walking (up to 6 hours per day); standing (up to 8 hours per day); infrequent climbing/descending of stairs; some bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; correctable near sighted and far sighted vision; hearing (aid permitted).



GS-11 Psychologist: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12 Psychologist:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, candidates must have at least 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.  Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists 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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1.  Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2.  Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3.  Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.


GS-13 Psychologist (Full Performance Level): In addition to meeting the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, 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:


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.


Reference:  VA Handbook 5005-15, Part II, Appendix G-18, Psychologist Qualification Standard dated March 17, 2006.


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.)  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 transcripts in order to receive credit for that education.***

Conditions of Employment: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d) require that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English. 


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


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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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST)on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/Emailed applications will not be accepted.


Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( ), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the 1230FX form faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 965917. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



The following documents are required:

  • CV and/or Resume
  • Application for Associated Health Occupations VA 10-2850c
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit this form). Applicants who are not current TVHS employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted. Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.
  • Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Copy of your transcripts (must reflect degree conferred)
  • Copy of your Psychologist license
  • Veterans Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate. 
  • Any other documents required by the checklist


Mindy A. Pomerenke
Phone: (615)225-5457
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, 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.

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