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Job Title:  Psychologist-Chief, Behavioral Medicine Service
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  LL-13-MO-T38H-978458

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$126,687.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, October 18, 2013 to Monday, December 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Loma Linda, CA View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 978458

Salary: To be determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB) of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.



EDRP INCENTIVE: Applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP. Subject to availability of EDRP funding. Recipient must apply within four months of permanent employment.)



PHYSICIAN: VM-0602-15 (LL-13-MO-T38-965127)

PSYCHOLOGIST: GS-0180-15 (LL-13-MO-T38H-978458)

SOCIAL WORKER: GS-0185-14 (LL-13-MO-T38H-978467)


***Position is Open Until Filled***

***Cut-Off Dates are Every Monday Starting 10/28/13***

We will accept applications for this occupation until filled. Qualified Applicants will be referred to the selecting official weekly until a selection is made.

The announcement will be closed once the position has been filled.

Relocation Expenses: PCS Travel is authorized. Guaranteed Home Buy Out is not authorized. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to

Recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates and is negotiable.

Come be a part of the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System team!

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to


  • US citizenship and English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Unrestricted license to practice psychology at doctoral level.
  • Doctoral degree in Psychology.
  • Must have completed a APA accredited psychology internship.


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The incumbent will lead a multidisciplinary staff (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Social Workers) in the delivery of Behavioral health care to our nation's veterans.  The Chief of Behavioral Health Service is directly accountable to the Chief of Staff.  The candidate should possess clinical and administrative experience to provide oversight for a wide variety of Behavioral Health programs.

The incumbent will be expected to actively practice clinically and participate/supervise in clinical research within their specialty and perform administrative duties. The position may also allow for educational activities. The incumbent will report to the Chief of Staff. He/She is responsible for the supervision and management of all Behavioral Health services at LLVAHCS. The incumbent will provide executive-level leadership in the establishment and maintenance of high standards of care in all areas. Incumbent must have significant leadership, mentoring, and management experience as well as strong health care operations and planning experience and be able to demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice.

The incumbent provides strategic planning for the provision of behavioral health care at LLVAHCS in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas; managing care through planning, prioritizing and coordinating budget needs; assuring compliance with regulatory/accreditation standards as well as VA performance measures and quality standards; monitoring and promoting compliance with VA regulations pertaining to professional standards and ethical conduct; promoting cooperation and compliance of the clinical staff with federal and state law and regulations, medical staff bylaws and rules, facility policies, and Joint Commission standards as applicable; monitoring and assuring prompt access and high quality inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care across the system; recruiting, hiring, and retaining high quality staff.


Work Schedule: Regular work schedule is Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. However, position may also require changes to the regular schedule to accommodate weekend and evening hours.


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All applicants must meet all of the basic requirements below by the closing date of this announcement to be eligible for this vacancy.


U.S. Citizenship –Must be a citizen of the United States.

Physical Standards – Heavy Lifting, 45 lbs and over; Moderate carrying, 15-44 lbs; Straight pulling; Pulling hand over hand; Pushing; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking; Standing; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13: to 16: to Jaeger 1 to 4; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted) Must meet the physical requirements set out in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency – Physicians, including residents, Social Workers and Psychologists 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).In addition to the above basic requirements for all positions, below are the education, experience, and licensure/registration requirements for the specific positions.


Education– Must 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.

Internship – Must 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– Must 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.

Experience – Must have at least one year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the GS-15 grade level, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for that level and at least one year experience of administration management.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities– In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).

(1) Ability to effectively supervise and manage a large group of professional staff.

*(2) Ability to correctly assess qualifications and potential of current and prospective employees.

*(3) Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.

(4) Skill in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units.

*(5) Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates.


NOTE: Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position. Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.


PSYCHOLOGIST: Psychologist Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18

 DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

Veteran's 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, veterans 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.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or 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 materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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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.


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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described below in the "Required Documents" section. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 16, 2013. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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 and,
  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. 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: 978458
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Required Documents:

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

  1. Occupational Questionnaire
  2. CV or Resume
  3. PSYCHOLOGIST & SOCIAL WORKERS: VA Form 10-2850c - Application - Available at at
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) (official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired)
  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at
  7. Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the Federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action showing your current grade and step.


Nadine Barlow
Phone: (909)825-7084x2872
Agency Information:
VHA Loma Linda HCS
Human Resources 605/05
11201 Benton Street
Loma Linda, CA


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Monday, December 16, 2013.

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