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Job Title:Clinical Psychologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:SF-13-943-KMS-975985

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


Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to Tuesday, October 29, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Durango, CO View Map
Farmington, NM View Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 975985

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?

Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the “Required Documents” tab may result in loss of consideration.

Selectee salary and grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB).  The PSB is a peer review process.  The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.


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.


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


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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The New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) is seeking a full time Psychologist to spend half-time working in the Durango, Colorado Contract Community Based Outpatient Clinic and half-time in the Farmington, New Mexico Community Based Outpatient Clinic.  The incumbent will possess knowledge of evidenced based general mental health practices. 

The Durango/Farmington area has a wonderful mix of Western cultures and remains true to the culture and tradition of the West.  There are Native American reservations, pueblos, museums, and state parks.  The area is also rich in Native American and Hispanic arts and ceremonies open to visitors.  In addition, there is local skiing, mountain biking, hiking, stream fishing and boating opportunities. Position Description Title/PD#:  N/A Psychologist
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Physical Demands:  Refer to VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
Fair Labor Standards Act:  Exempt

Bargaining Unit Status Code:  8888

Background Information:  NACI

This is not a Supervisory Position



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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: 

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. 


(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. 

(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. GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GRADE:   To be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) commensurate with experience and education.

SALARY:  Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) and is based on experience and education.


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


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 position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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


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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: 975985.  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, October 29, 2013.


 The following documents are required :

1.     Resume (It is strongly recommended to build your résumé in USA Staffing. If you choose not to, your résumé must, at a minimum, include the following: full name, date of birth, full social security number.   For each previous place of employment; name, address AND dates of employment in mm/yyyy – mm/yyyy format, GS-level (or equivalent if not federal employment).

2.     Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) (REQUIRED) 

(Available at:

3.     Responses to the questionnaire. (REQUIRED)

4.     Application (VA Form 10-2850(c) (REQUIRED)

Available at:

5.     Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please refer to this checklist).

6.     Veterans' Preference documentation (DD Form 214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VBA Letter, as appropriate). (Available at:

7.     If you are a current or former government employment you must submit a copy of your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action)(Blocks #24 and 34 will be reviewed to determine eligibility). (REQUIRED – if applicable).

8.     Unofficial college transcripts if substituting college education for the experience requirement (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.) (REQUIRED – if applicable).


Kathleen M. Sanchez
Phone: (505)256-2760
Agency Information:
VHA New Mexico HCS Albuquerque
DVA New Mexico VA Health Care System
HR Management Service 05
1501 San Pedro Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM


If you wish to know the status of your application at any time in the process, refer to the automated status updates available with the Application Manager of your account.


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualification will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.   If qualified, we will review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire.   If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.   Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and a possible interview.   You will be notified when your rating is determined.


IF YOU FAIL to provide the documentation that is identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS portion of this announcement you will not be considered and receive an electronic notification of either "IDMA" or "IFM".

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