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Job Title:  Supervisory Psychologist (Chief of Psychology) - AMENDED
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  YJ-14-SQF-1080784

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$114,872.00 to $149,333.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 to Friday, November 07, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1080784

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?

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

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.

 The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

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

Recruitment or relocation incentives have been authorized for this position.


WORK SCHEDULE:  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  You may be required to provide service evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. 


Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on May 28, 2014, will be considered first.  If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after May 28th will be reviewed and referred for consideration every two week until the position is filled.






  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • U.S. Citizenship


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If selected for this position, you will serve as the Chief of Psychology for the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. This position has primary responsibility for and oversight of the supervision and resource management decisions for the operation of the STVHCS Psychology Service, a highly complex and broad in scope Service Line consisting of over 96 professional and support FTEE staff positions including 65 staff psychologists (general mental health, neuropsychology, health psychology, geropsychology, behavioral health, compensation and pension, and Doctoral trainees). Also responsible for 10 vocational counselors, 7 peer counselors/technicians, and 10 administrative/clerical support staff. Staff are matrixed to or located in 9 medical service lines within the major medical center, 7 community outpatient clinics, and 5 recovery based programs. Major programs include the Veterans Industries (Community Work Therapy), STVHCS’s Employee Assistance Program, the APA approved Psychology and Neuropsychology Training programs which include joint VA/DOD rotations, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Psychosocial Recovery and Rehabilitation Center (PRRC), the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP), the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI), Research, and the STVHCS Police Department’s new and recurrent police officer psychological employment evaluations.


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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


          (1) 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.




          (2) 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.


          c. Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted lcense to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or District of Columbia.


d. Physical Requirements. A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates for appointment. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.


          e. English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d)


GS-15 Grade Requirement

Experience. At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs for that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs listed below and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*)


Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.


Senior Supervisory Psychologist. Senior supervisory psychologists have supervisory responsibility for subordinates and are responsible for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of the service or organizational entity. Examples of assignments in this category include, but are not limited to, chief of psychology, chief of a patient care service line, or department or division director. These positions are similar to positions at the GS-14 level, but at the GS-15 level, the size, scope, significance and impact are greater. 


Supervision and resource management involve major decisions, and work activities and supervision significantly impact the ability of staff to provide comprehensive services to veterans. The service or organizational entity is a major component of the medical center and the services or programs supervised are highly professional, technical, and complex. Responsibilities include oversight of a large, complex organization, always with 10 or more professional staff, that encompasses several component parts integral to the functioning of the medical center, or alternatively, 1 large service or organization. Decisions are made with very wide latitude and independent judgment.

a. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

(1) Ability to effectively supervise and manage a large group of professional staff

(2) Ability to correctly assess qualifications and potential of current and prospective employees *

(3) Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines*

(4) Skill in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units

(5) Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates*


Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is preferred. All providers are required to show proof of current American Heart Association BLS training at the time of credentialing and privileging.



References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G18, (also available in the local Human Resources Office)

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.

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

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.


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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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 Friday, November 07, 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

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 1080784.
  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 Friday, November 07, 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 QuestionnaireView 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.


Suzanne Flores
Phone: (210)617-5300x15864
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio
San Antonio, TX


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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