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Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-590-13-TDM-975557

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Thursday, October 10, 2013 to Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hampton, VA View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 975557

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. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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 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.


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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

One full-time Psychologist (Chief, Domiciliary), GS-0180-13 position is currently available in Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service Line.  The tour of duty is 8:00am to 4:30pm.  There may be some instances where the incumbent would be required to work after 4:30pm, or have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.  Salary is determined by the Professional Standards Board based on education, qualifications, experience, and credentials.  This announcement is open to all qualified US Citizens.  More than one applicant may be hired from this announcement.  First consideration will be given to permanent VAMC Hampton employees.  NOTE:  This position may also be filled as a Social Worker, GS-13


Introduction:  The Hampton VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program is a complex level of clinical care that utilizes a comprehensive range of clinical expertise and therapeutic modalities in the provision of biopsychosocial, rehabilitative and health maintenance services in bringing each patient to an optimal level of functional independence and health.


Intended to serve as a clinically appropriate, cost-effective alternative to the unwarranted utilization of hospital and nursing home care services, the domiciliary must be fully prepared to address the rehabilitative and health maintenance needs of the broadest possible range of patients. The Chief of the Domiciliary ensures that the high quality domiciliary-based treatment programs and services remain consistent with the evolving health care needs of the total veteran patient population.



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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Duties and Responsibilities:  Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 


The Chief, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program, has day-to-day supervisory responsibility and authority over and is fully accountable for all aspects of the clinical care program and support services provided to veterans undergoing treatment in the Hampton VAMC Domiciliary.   Develops and implements policies relating to all phases of Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program in coordination with various clinical, allied health and administrative services within the Medical Center. Directly responsible for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluating and controlling of all program operations, including the Domiciliary Drug Abuse Program, the Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residencies Program; Vocational Rehabilitation Therapy and Dom Case Management, Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (ReHabitat), Medical Case Management, Long-Term Healthcare Maintenance, PTSD-DOM Program, Dom Operations, and any other DOM related program.


The Chief as a professional leader of a broad based interdisciplinary health care team and manager of a complex health care organization must possess broad based clinical, administrative and supervisory knowledge, skills and abilities. The Chief operates as an experienced professional with full responsibility and accountability for the quality of patient evaluations and the soundness of treatment plans. As such, the incumbent determines Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program goals, and works independently and with top management in the development of plans for attaining goals. 




A.    Program and Resource Management


The DOM Chief identifies program resource requirements; ensures appropriate acquisition and allocation of essential resources, accounts for the effective utilization of all available resources in support of program activities; identifies and effects changes in the organizational structure of domiciliary programming; considers from an informed perspective, a broad spectrum of factors when making programmatic decisions (or recommendations to top management) including public relations, Congressional relations, labor-management relations, public policy positions, affecting other VA or non-VA organizations/activities, economic impact and other similar such organizations and issues; ensures effective integration of program efforts/activities with other medical center operations; effectively manages general personnel policies and established practices regarding program operations as they relate to key employees and management actions with possible serious repercussions; delegates appropriate authority to subordinate treatment team leaders and program coordinators, assigning responsibility for overall performance of their work units; and performs other directly related duties as assigned.


B.    Personnel Management


The Chief, Domiciliary supervises a wide variety of health care and administrative professionals assigned to Domiciliary-based direct patient care and support activities. The Chief shares in directing a sizeable operation involving the work efforts of professional and technical staff that are directly assigned to Domiciliary Operations. The incumbent is responsible for and involved in various actions related to domiciliary-assigned staff to include recruitment, assignment and second level review of performance evaluations and first level supervision and appraisal of front line supervisors.  Interviews and selects candidates for domiciliary staff positions, making recommendations for appointments, promotion and reassignment.


 Hears and resolves staff concerns and complaints. As appropriate, refers group grievances and unresolved serious complaints to Chief Mental Health.   Effects, as needed, disciplinary actions and recommends action in more serious cases.


 Identifies developmental and training needs of staff members, ensuring appropriate access to necessary training and developmental opportunities. Recommends selection/appointment of subordinate team leaders and treatment program coordinators. Assigns work to subordinate supervisors/team leaders/program coordinators.


C.    Program Development


The Chief of the Domiciliary provides subordinate supervisors/team leaders/program coordinators and other personnel with advice, guidance and direction regarding current and future year therapeutic programming, program structure and resources necessary to the efficient and effective satisfaction of current and projected demands for service.  Identifies necessary changes in therapeutic program mix and the potential impact of such changes on domiciliary program staffing patterns.


Performs other directly related duties as assigned.


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Qualifications:   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:   


a. 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.)


b. 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 AND (2) have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.


c. 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.


d. Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


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


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:


Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.


Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.


Knowledge of clinical research literature.


Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.


Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.


Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.


Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.


Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.


Ability to work effectively with internal and external agencies, professionals, and multiple disciplines


Ability and experience with public speaking

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 (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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·         Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.

·         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.

·         Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

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.

Telework is not authorized.



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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: 975557.  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 Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Note: DO NOT mail, email, fax or hand deliver your application to the Human Resources Management Service, Hampton, VA Medical Center.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. CV or Resume. (CAN NOT be subsitituted for the REQUIRED document VA form 10-2850c)

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

3. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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  

4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

5.  Official or unofficial transcripts are required as proof of education.

Please Note:  Your Resume must include the following information:

Vacancy Information:

Announcement Number TAG:Announcement Number, Position Title TAG:Position Title and grade

Personal Information:

·         Your full legal name and mailing address

·         Day and Evening telephone numbers including area code

·         Country of citizenship

·         Social Security Number

Work Experience (Note: You must include the following information in order to receive credit for your experience):

·         Name and address of employer

·         Your job title

·         The beginning and ending month and year of your employment

·         A description of your duties that is sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience.  If the position is (was) with the Federal government (military or civilian), state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.  If the position is (was) in the private sector, please include salary and/or hourly wage.

·         The average hours worked per week. Full-time work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly number of hours a week spent in such employment. 

·         Your supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may call your supervisor)

·         Education - Name, location and dates of attendance for colleges attneded (if required). Type and date of degree received (if any)

·         Other: Training, license(s) or certification(s) relevant to the position.

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




HR HamptonVAMC
Phone: (757)722-9961x3007
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
23667 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Your qualifications will be reviewed. After the vacancy announcement closes and referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter or email will be sent to applicants who provide an email address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


Selectee will be subject to credentialing and VetPro process.

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