Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Psychologist, Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HYB 14-1030057-5

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,982.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 to Monday, February 10, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Saginaw, MI View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1030057

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?


Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan's famous four seasons of recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America's heroes.

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, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Note:  The full performance level of this occupation is [GS-13].  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this occupation is in the range of [GS-11] to [GS-13].  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment physical
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing may be required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


Back to top

The Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) Psychologist position is located in the Mental Health Clinic of the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center and provides patient care and support service to a diverse adult patient population.  As a member of an interdisciplinary SA IOP team, the primary purpose of this position is to provide full range biopsychosocial rehabilitation services to patients referred for substance abuse assessment, treatment, and referral services from various clinics and inpatient units across the Medical Center.  The duties of the SA IOP Psychologist include, but are not limited to:


·         Provide professional consultation pertaining to human behavior, determining the reasons for that behavior and predicting and/or modifying the behavior.

·         Perform psychological assessment, evaluation, and treatment of patients with problems of personality, emotional adjustment or mental illness.  Perform psychotherapy with patients, either through individual sessions or through group therapy sessions.

·         Conduct interviews, use rating scales, questionnaires, or other measurement devices or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition.

·         Responsible for providing leadership for the SA IOP under the direction of the Chief, Mental Health (MH) Service.  Oversee other professionals or work as a key team member providing comprehensive psychological and medical care for a group of individuals seeking care within the SA IOP.

·         Exercise authoritative judgment in the adjustment of treatment plans.  Present strong argument to multi-disciplinary team to use newly proven or experimental techniques.  Serve as expert psychological resource for the multi-disciplinary team and recommend adjustments to other professional staff’s relationship with patients or devises programs that employ new or unique techniques to ensure a therapeutic environment.


Tour of Duty:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday, may work occasional evenings or weekends.)


Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses have not been approved for this position.


Education Debt Reduction Program:  The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.


Back to top

Basic Requirements:  


              U.S. citizenship.  

              Education:  Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The specialty area must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed AND successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.

              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 (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in 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.

              English Language Proficiency:  Must be proficient in spoken and written English.



Grade Determinations:




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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 


1.    Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2.    Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3.    Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures. 


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.


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.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.


1.    Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

2.    Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3.    Knowledge of clinical research literature.

4.    For supervisory assignments

a.    Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.  

b.    Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability. 


Assignments.  This is the full performance level for staff psychologists.  At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate.  They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.


1.    Staff Psychologists 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.  They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.  Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.


Please be clear and specific in describing your experience.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.    Please include the starting and end date including the month and year for each position listed on your resume. Also, for each job listed on your resume, state whether the position was full-time, part-time, or occasional and how many hours were worked. 


Reference:  VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard 


Physical Demands:  The position is primarily sedentary, with some bending, walking and stooping required.

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 U.S. Department of Education 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.

Veteran 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 100% 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 (showing type of discharge) or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets.

For additional Veterans employment information please visit the National Archives and Records Administration website, or call 1-800-827-1000.


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.


Back to top


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 the Job Benefits page of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. 



  • Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
  • Probationary Period:  You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.
  • Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Beth Keyser, Selective Placement Coordinator at (989) 497-2500, extension 13084. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Back to top

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See the "Required Documents" section below).


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.


Please see the USA Jobs Guide for information on uploading and re-using the form(s) in your application.  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 USAJobs 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:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire. 

       (View Occupational Questionnaire)

  • Print Form 1203FX to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire.
  • 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.
  • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.  



To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  • Complete this Cover Page using the six-digit Vacancy ID (1030057).  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  • Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.
  • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 10, 2014.



You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


  • CV or Resume.
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of character (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.
  • If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required). 


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.  The Employee’s Guide to Career Transition can be found on that page.



Kimberly Laitila
Phone: (989)497-2500x13079
Agency Information:
VHA Saginaw VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
1500 Weiss Street
Saginaw, MI



  • If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.
  • If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
  • The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
  • To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJobs Account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
  • If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance