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Job Title:  PTSD Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-402-14-JEG-1037497

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

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$57,982.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 30, 2014 to Thursday, February 20, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Augusta, ME View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): VHA-402-14-JEG-1037497

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. Become a part of Togus VA Medical Center Augusta, ME.

The Togus VA Medical Center is seeking a PTSD Psychologist in the Mental Health Service. We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency


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The focus of this position is on the provision of psychological services to veterans enrolled at the VA Maine Healthcare System. These veterans are typically between 18 and 70 years of age. This position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the particular needs of these types of patients. Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must be consistently achieved. The incumbent applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. He/she has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis and intervention that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision. Specific duties include:

·         Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services within the PTSD program, including assessment, treatment planning, group and individual psychotherapy, and psycho-educational workshops on a variety of topics.

·         Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

·         Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions

·         (e.g., prolonged exposure/Cognitive Processing Therapy), including individual and group psychotherapy.

·         Provides consultation to professional staff within the VA Maine Healthcare System and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

·         Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

·         Functions independently as a member of the VA Maine Healthcare System Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes professional responsibility for her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

·         Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

·         Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated MHCL manager and/or Service Line Director.

·         Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

·         Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

·         Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

·         Complies with established directive in scheduling own appointments and consults.

·         Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychology and social work interns.

·         Provides in-house training on a variety of treatment related issues as requested by the staff.



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1. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

2. Education. 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.


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.

3. 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. 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.

4. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.



Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.


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:

· 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.


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. At least 2 years of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills , and abilities provided in the preceding paragraph. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· 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 clinical research literature.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

The full performance grade level for this position is GS-13. Please note that after your grade is established by the PSB, promotion to the next intervening grade and ultimately to the target grade of GS-13 is not automatic. Promotions are contingent upon (1) meeting the applicable qualification standard requirements for the prospective grade; (2) supervisor recommendation; and (3) the availability of enough work at the next higher grade level to support the target grade of this position. 

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


As part of your application package, you are also requested to submit an OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, which includes Certification of Selective Service Registration (January 2001 version or later).

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: 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.***

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.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-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 .


Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification standards for this position. If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification standards will be referred to the selecting official and will be further evaluated to identify the best qualified candidates. Best qualified candidates will be identified by a review of your application materials, the responses to the narratives in the occupational questionnaire, and other job-related criteria. Applicants identified as best qualified will be considered for selection.

To preview assessment questions please click here: View Occupational Questionnaire.


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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, 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


IMPORTANT VETERAN INFORMATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


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


1. Your résumé or OF 612
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents:

·      Veterans Preference Documentation, (if applicable, see Important Veteran Info above)

·      College transcript(s) (if qualifying based solely on education or if position has a positive education requirement)

·      Copy of your last or most recent SF-50 the contains the grade, step, and salary (if current or former Federal employee)

·      Copy of your current Performance Appraisal (if current or former Federal employee)

·      OF-306-Declaration for Federal Employment


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously-Saved or Incomplete application, you may use the following link:  After you submit your application, you can return to Application Manager or My USAJOBS at any time to see the status of your application - including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete the fax cover page found at using the following Vacancy ID: 1037497.  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

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire; Online Questionnaire. Print the 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire. You can obtain this form at
  2. Fax the completed 1203FX form in its entirety - along with all supporting documents - to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form should be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page; and
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


To be considered for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes ALL of the following unless noted otherwise:

1. VA Form 10-2850c located at (REQUIRED)

2. Resume (REQUIRED)

3. Occupational Questionnaire (REQUIRED)

4. Proof of current license (REQUIRED)

5. Unofficial Transcript(s) – official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired (REQUIRED)

6. OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment – Available at  (REQUIRED)

7. (IF PRIOR MILITARY SERVICE) Include copies of all 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 complete and submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference located at

8. (IF CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT) Include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

Failure to submit all required documents as specified above will result in being rated as ineligible for consideration for this position.



John Gardner
Phone: (207)623-8411x5145
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
1 VA Center
Augusta, ME


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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