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Job Title:  Psychologist - VITAL
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VASNHCS-JD-MP-14-981313-41

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,451.00 to $113,860.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
Reno, NV View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  981313

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

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.

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.

General Description:

The psychologist has responsibility for the evaluation and treatment for VITAL initiative located at the University of Nevada, Reno.  The goal of this program is to establish and maintain an outreach program to assist those student veterans, who have failed to make adequate psychosocial adjustment and re-entry into civilian life.  Conducts interviews and counseling with clients and provides psychological assessment and treatment to clients.  VITAL counseling interventions include crisis intervention and both short and long-term services.  Refers clients to other programs and professionals, as needed.  Provides consultation to other team members conducting interviews, counseling and therapy.  Refers cases requiring outpatient or inpatient treatment to the VA Medical Center Mental Health Clinic or the Vet Center.  Personally conducts any or all of the following therapy programs:  stress management; individual, group, conjoint and family therapy; biofeedback; relaxation training and other therapeutic intervention strategies.  Participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


Salary Determination:  Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

Appointment Information:  The candidate selected for this position may be placed into a temporary appointment, not to exceed one year and one day, pending completion of the boarding process.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or random drug testing
  • Background and/or security investigation
  • COMPLETE APPLICATION - Incomplete packages will be rated INELIGIBLE


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The psychologist will attempt to identify the eligible veterans who are in need of readjustment counseling.  This will also include family and any significant others.  The incumbent will also facilitate linkages with other community agencies to provide a comprehensive treatment delivery system that will provide broad-based community support for veterans after completion of the VITAL program.  Due to the nature of the student veteran population and the complexity to adjustment issues, the psychologist's function is to integrate existing psycho-therapeutic concepts with innovative techniques and network with the community to establish referral systems.


The psychologist’s duties concerning the client population are multi-faceted.  These functions include, but are not limited to: in-depth assessment, differential diagnosis, treatment of the veteran and families, and referral to more appropriate agencies where necessary.  Additional duties include using media and professional workshops to create awareness to the dynamics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in order to educate the public and mobilize community resources to help in the readjustment of the targeted population.


Seeks out program eligible student veterans ascertains their needs for services and informs them of VHA, VBA and Vet Center programs.


Interviews student veterans and their significant others to determine specific problems.


Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of student veterans and their significant others.


Establishes helping relationships with student veterans and significant others.


Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnosis of disorders.


Provides readjustment counseling services to student veterans and significant others.


Provides clinical counseling to student veterans and significant others with highly complex and diversified psychological/sociological problems to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Develops comprehensive treatment plans for adjustment/readjustment.


Provides individual and conjoint therapy to student veterans and significant others.


Provides group counseling, to include rap group, to student veterans and significant others.


Serves as case manager for clients of the VITAL program.


Provides clinical case consultation and assistance to the specialist/technicians on highly complex cases.


Provides crisis intervention, stabilization and follow-up to student veterans and significant others.


Provides follow-up evaluations of clients to determine whether student veterans have received all appropriate services and provides additional services or referrals as required.


Keeps abreast of current state-of-the-art procedures, processes and approaches.


Provides consultation and training to community service agencies and University faculty on combat veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Provides vocational, educational, benefits, and related counseling, guidance and referral to student veterans and their significant others.


Assist clients with applications for benefits with local, state and federal agencies.


Provides assistance and referral regarding discharge upgrade.


Independently determines appropriate community referral resources.


Engage in a variety of community outreach activities that will promote the use of Dept of Veteran Affairs services.


Present educational programs about combat veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Readjustment Counseling Service.


Perform administrative tasks assigned by VITAL program officials.


Maintains case records in accordance with program guidelines and professional requirements.


Implement legal and ethical standards of service delivery, privacy and confidentiality.


Participates in administrative, staff, clinical, and in-service meetings and training as required.


Maintains knowledge of veterans’ rights, benefits and programs.

Recruitment/ Relocation incentive has not been authorized.
This position is covered by the Bargaining Unit.
Work Schedule:  Full-Time, 40 hours per week


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  1. U.S. Citizenship
  2. Physical Requirements:  Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination is required.
  3. English Language Proficiency:  Applicant must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
  4. Licensure Requirement:  Applicant 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.
    Exception:  The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
  5. Education, as defined below:
  • Applicant 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.


  • Applicant 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.



Experience:  None beyond the basic requirements.

Assignment:  Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.


Experience:  In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, 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.

Assignment:  At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.


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 (Exception does not apply at this grade)

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.

Creditable Specialized Experience:

 (a)  Current Professional Psychology Practice:  To be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice.  Creditable post-doctoral degree experience can be obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

 1.  Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional psychologist.

 2.  A full, current, and unrestricted license.

 (b)  Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

 (c)  Part-time Experience. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

 (2)  Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Post-doctoral degree fellowships are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.


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. ***

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


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


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For additional assistance with the online application process, please view the video at the following link:

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:  981313. 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 Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Please refer to the complete "How to Apply" section in the job announcement to ensure you submit all Required Documents. INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.

You must provide a complete application package. The following documents are required:

1. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations - written signature required on pages 3 and 4 - must be dated within last year - Available at

2. CV/Resume - Cannot be used in lieu of the required VA Form 10-2850c

3. Occupational Questionnaire:  View Occupational Questionnaire

4. Form OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - written signature required on line 17a - must be dated within last year - Available at

5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214(s). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also provide supporting documentation and submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference - Available at

6. If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action

The following documents are not required in the application package; however, if you are selected, they will be requested – you may also include them with your initial application package:

1. References - Please include at least three (3) names, addresses, and phone numbers for references - If selected, three positive references are required

2. Performance Evaluations - Two most recent performance evaluations (if available)

3. Unofficial Transcripts - Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position

4. If formerly employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action

Applicants CANNOT be contacted for any required documents listed above. Applicants who submit INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES will receive a rating of INELIGIBLE. 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, erroneous fax transmissions, etc.

Federal forms can be accessed on websites and


Phone: (775)829-5630
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
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After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents) your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.

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