(From VA Qualification Standards)
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:
A. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
B. 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.
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 meeting the basic requirements, applicants must possess at least 1 one year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. This is experience must have been as a leader delivering and improving patient-centered care through collaborative strategies with other members of a healthcare team.
Experience: In addition to the experience requirements, 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 and skill in the area of Patient Centered Care. Knowledge and skill in applying
analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency and
effectiveness of program operations.
2. Knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, policies and precedents which affect the use of the
program and related support resources in the area studied.
3. Knowledge of agency program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key program
events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the worth of program accomplishments.
4. Knowledge of the major issues, program goals, and objectives, work processes, and administrative
operatives of the organization.
5. Knowledge and skill in adapting analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to the measurement
and improvement of program effectiveness and/or organizational productivity. Skill in conducting
detailed analyses of complex functions and work processes; and interpersonal skills in presenting
staffing recommendations and negotiating solutions to disputed recommendations.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.
POSITION REQUIREMENT: Experience as a leader delivering and improving patient-centered care through collaborative strategies with other members of a healthcare team.
WORK CONDITIONS: The work environment involves everyday risks and/or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of each place in various hospital offices. Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position. The basis on which agencies may establish specific medical standards or physical requirements is discussed in 5 CFR 339. A physical condition or impairment may be disqualifying for employment only if there is a direct relationship between the condition and the nature of the duties of the specific position being filled. The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required while walking, standing, climbing, and carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as hospitals, offices, training rooms, and libraries. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Light lifting under 15 pounds. Light carrying less than 15 pounds. Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.
Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodation to
applicants with disabilities where appropriate.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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.