· U.S. Citizenship
[Non-citizens may be appointed when it is
not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy].
· English Language
Psychologists must be proficient in spoken
and written English.
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
The successful completion of a professional
psychology internship training program that
has been accredited by the APA.
note: Those with 6 months internship completed may apply. Supporting
documentation, from college or university, will also be necessary to prove to
the hiring agency that the required educational requirements (conferral) will
be met in the near future.
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. [The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure or
certification for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years
on the condition that such psychologist provides patient care only under the
direct supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed or certified].
Candidate must pass pre-employment
examination; which will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of
the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment
and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by
Federal regulatory agencies.
PLEASE NOTE: A 1-YEAR POST-DOCTORAL
FELLOWSHIP IN POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IS STRONGLY PREFERRED BUT NOT
CREDITABLE EXPERIENCE: To be creditable, experience must be
post-doctoral degree and have required the use of knowledge, skills, and
abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional
PLEASE IDENTIFY, IN YOUR RESUME, WHERE EACH KSA IS
IDENTIFIED; SEE BELOW- GS-11/12/13 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.
WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR
GS-11 LEVEL: None
beyond the basic requirements.
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
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR
GS-12 LEVEL: In
addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess at least one
(1) year of postdoctoral experience as a
professional psychologist. For current
government employees, at least one (1) year of work experience 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. This experience
must have demonstrated: Knowledge
of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories
and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; Ability to develop
coherent treatment strategies; Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR
GS-13 LEVEL: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-12 level
and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and
assessment methods to a variety of patient populations; ability to develop
coherent treatment strategies; ability to incorporate new clinical procedures), applicants must
possess at least two (2) years of postdoctoral experience as a professional psychologist. For current government employees, at
least two (2) year of work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
This experience must have demonstrated: 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
related clinical research literature; (supervisory) ability to provide
supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision
in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives; (supervisory)
ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work
environment that promotes shared accountability.
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. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and
group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback,
psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. (Supervisory)
psychologists at this level independently provide psychological services at all
levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18,
PSYCHOLOGIST, dated March 17, 2006, and OPM Group
Coverage Qualification Standard, Psychology Series; available in the local
Human Resources Office.
REQUIREMENTS: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected
applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit
to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical
examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees
identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical
examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical
and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will
be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to
satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include
requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory
agencies. The work associated with this position is
primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
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.
applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the
Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a
legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty
service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general,
etc.), or dates of impending separation.SELECTIVE SERVICE: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and
are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense
Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not
eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference
(such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15
"Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as
stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for
disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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
· 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.