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Job Title:  Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OF-14F-057-1019056-VMD

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
Monday, December 30, 2013 to Monday, January 13, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Canandaigua, NY View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Not Applicable


Vacancy ID# 1019056 


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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to”]

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Relocation Expenses Not Approved
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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Major Duties:


This position encompasses two major roles for the staff psychologist:

Providing direct mental health services (psychological assessment and treatment) to clients enrolled in Home-Based Primary Care, typically in their homes in the community. On occasion, this role may also involve providing psychological services as well to clients faced with geriatric mental health issues throughout BVAC, GEC, and MVAC. This aspect of the assignment includes assessment, evaluation of decisional capacity, psychotherapy, and treatment planning for a variety of mental health conditions.

 Providing consultation on geriatric mental health issues to the HBPC treatment teams, but also to other treatment teams and providers throughout the medical center and the associated outpatient clinic. This role will also encompass the coordination of integrated or sequential treatments which involve other providers, program planning consultation, and the facilitation of treatment planning in multidisciplinary teams for evidence-based treatments.


It is expected that the incumbent will successfully coordinate service delivery throughout the HBPC teams, but also with the PTSD Clinical Team, the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Coordinator, Substance Abuse Services, and other Behavioral Health Care Line services, the Geriatrics and Extended Care Line, and the Medical VA Care Line, as needed. The primary job functions will include the provision of direct psychological patient care, treatments delivered via tele-mental health and computer linkages, consultation on difficult or complex cases, interdisciplinary planning for the delivery of evidence-based therapies, education of staff about mental health issues in the geriatric population, and trainee supervision. The psychologist would be expected to have advanced skill in "evidence-based psychotherapy" practices, and to use such techniques and protocols in their daily practice.


The psychologist applies advanced therapeutic strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. He/she has advanced knowledge of culturally-sensitive psychological assessment techniques, diagnosis, and intervention that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The incumbent is also required to exercise judgment in the selection or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques, and practices in treating patients or developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of clinical populations, and to independently plan and implement treatment in a creative, flexible manner.




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  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.  Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Tour of duty is subject to change based upon program needs.

Duty Location: Behavioral Health, VAMC Canandaigua; may have to provide coverage at the Rochester Outpatient Clinic if necessary.



GS-11: 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.


GS-12:  Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at theGS-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.


GS-13:  Experience. 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.

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.

The pertinent qualification requirements can be found at VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at: .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. For example: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated January 2010, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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.


Physical Requirements: No special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. the regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required. Occasional travel may be required.

Veterans' 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 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.

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

Credentialing and Privileging: Any registered, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials. This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process.




Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.



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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


The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.





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.

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


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 13, 2014 to receive consideration.


1.     To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


2.     Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (Copy of current LICENSURE)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter

The following documents are required:

• Résumé or 2850c

• Copy of License.
• Responses to the questionnaire.
• Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify
• Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
• Any other documents required by the checklist.


RESUME - Your resume (and/or 2850c) must include the following information for each job listed:
Job title
Duties (be as detailed as possible)
Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

TRANSCRIPT - If you are basing your qualifications on education (or a combination of education and experience) you must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) or an appropriate course listing with your application.

CURRENT OR PAST FEDERAL EMPLOYEE - SF-50 Reminder - Applicants with current or prior Federal work history must submit the most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action and performance appraisal. (Not required for Sheridan VA employees)

Veterans wishing to claim vet preference, must submit a copy of their DD-214 showing honorable discharge. If claiming 10-Point Preference, must also submit a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," including a letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or branch of military service verifying service connection. (Not required for Sheridan VA employees). The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214’s online:
For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1019056
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, January 13, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



Vickie M. Delforte
Phone: (585)393-7561
Agency Information:
VHA Canandaigua VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
400 Ft Hill Avenue
Canandaigua, NY


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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