U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
a. Social Worker - Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must
be licensed or certified to independently practice social work at the master's level. Current state
requirements may be found on the OHRM website.
b. Psychologist - Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in
a state, territory, commonwealth of the Unites States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Colombia.
c. Registered Nurse - Will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate
professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e, Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of
Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than
the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g. philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full,
active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.
d. Psychiatrist - must hold a current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State,
Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The Psychiatrist must
board certified or board in Psychiatry. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of
licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive
this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the
physician has licensure in that country.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
The grade and step will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).
VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2012, at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.
VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0180.htm.
VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2009, at
VA Handbook5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 2002.
Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.] or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired.
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.
Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.
Have a Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
Work is primarily conducted in an office setting. The incumbent also visits
beneficiaries and other medical facilities while assessing status and quality of
care. Work is sedentary in nature, requiring some walking, sitting, bending,
stooping, lifting, carrying items such as files and other paperwork and similar
situations found in most office settings. Some facility visits may require the ability to drive a vehicle.
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.