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Job Title:  Psychologist - Team Leader
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  WV-14-EF-1043355

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Watertown, NY View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1043355




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?




The Readjustment Counseling Service Veterans Center in Watertown, NY provides a full range of readjustment counseling, outreach and psycho-social services to eligible Veterans in the Jefferson County area. 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

This position may be filled with a Supervisory Readjustment Counseling Therapist or a Supervisory Social Worker.  Please apply for the appropriate position.

Note:  The grade level for this position is GS-13.  This position functions independently and is responsible for the supervision of other licensed health care professional  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step and salary at which the candidate will be placed.


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


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

Travel Required: Not Required


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  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Successful completion of the VA credentialing process
  • Must have a current State Psychologist license at the doctoral level


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The Supervisory Psychologist position is located in the Watertown Vet Center. The incumbent is responsible for the overall clinical and administrative operation of the Vet Center. Duties include, but are not limited to:

-      Supervises the staff of the Vet Center and is responsible for evaluating their performance.

-      Develops networks external to the Vet Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs with veteran service organizations, community based agencies, and mental health organizations.

-      Enhance service delivery and develop referrals of veteran clients to appropriate care.

-      Develops priorities based upon the direction of the Regional Manager, and makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory members of the Regional Manager's office.

-      Serves as a consultant and subject matter expert to programs and resources external to the Vet Center on matters of the readjustment needs of veterans.

-      Ensures that the Vet Center operates in an efficient manner to deliver good patient care.

-      Responsible for staff selection, education, and career development.

-      Provides clinical, professional, and administrative supervision to the clinical staff of the Vet Center.

-      Performs other duties as assigned.


Work Schedule: Although the regular work schedule is Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Vet Centers are open evenings and weekends to accommodate clients who work during normal business hours. Vet Center staff is also required to provide services at National Guard weekend Demobilization and Yellow Ribbon events.

Relocation/Recruitment Expenses: Relocation and Recruitment expenses are not authorized for this position.


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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.   

·         Education: Candidates must have completed an American Psychologist Association (APA) accredited doctoral degree in psychology; and

·         Internship:  Successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was also accredited by APA at the time the program was completed.

·         Licensure:  Candidates must have a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia. 

In addition, candidates will be considered based on their demonstrated competencies in the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  1. Application of advanced professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations.
  2. Provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
  3. Leadership skills.
  4. Plan staff work, monitor performance and outcomes to accomplish program goals and objectives. 
  5. Analyze organizational and operational problems and develop and implement solutions that result in sound program operation.



GS-13 - License Required.  At least 2 years of professional psychologist experience (Federal or Non-Federal) with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or post-doctoral degree fellowship and 1 year of professional psychologist experience (Federal or non-Federal) equivalent to GS-12. 


Preferred Experience: Experience in program management and supervision of interdisciplinary staff, providing training, performing program evaluation activities.


May be required to serve a supervisor/manager probationary period.



References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard GS-180

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.  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.


Psychologist positions in the Veterans Health Administration require that the candidate hold a doctoral degree in Psychology from an APA accredited college or university whose psychology curriculum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).  In addition, the candidate must have completed a APA accredited internship.

Physical Requirements: Most work performed in an office setting with sitting, standing and walking. Light carrying and lifting.  Hearing (aid permitted), clear speech, working closely with others.  This position requires the selected candidate to satisfactorily complete and pre-employment physical examination that may include a random urinalysis drug screen. 


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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect 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


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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


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HOW TO APPLY: 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 Tuesday, February 18, 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.


Required Documents: 

1.       Résumé - Your Résumé (must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information). 

2.                        VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations

3.                        Optional Form 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment

4.       Licensea full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia. 

Optional Documents:

1.       DD214 (if claiming Veteran's Preference) - To receive consideration as a Veteran you must provide legible copies of your DD-214, member 4 copy or another copy that shows all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or a statement of service signed by the commander.  Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.

2.       SF-15 (if claiming 10 point preference).

3.       SF-50 (current/former Federal Government employee) - If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent/last signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. (SF-50 must be in PDF format; text format will not be accepted). Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.

4.       Cover Letter

5.       Other documents

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 1043355.
  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 Tuesday, February 18, 2014Tuesday, February 18, 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.


Evon Francis
Phone: (315)425-4400x54015
Agency Information:
VHA Syracuse VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Syracuse
800 Irving Ave
Syracuse, 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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