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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  528N-14-LAB-1115435-MH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$84,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 8, 2014 to Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bath, NY View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Not Applicable



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 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.


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.



  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation/Recruitment Incentive is authorized up to 15%


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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This position is located within to the Behavioral Health Care Line, at the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY , with primary assignment to the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP).

Major duties and responsibilities include:


  • providing psychological assessment services and diagnosing mental disorders, particularly for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and co-morbid Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Providing education to patients and family members, as well as comprehensive interventions including individuals and families
  • Providing consultation to professional staff within the Bath VAMC and to community providers, concerning  clinical assessment findings and appropriate intervention and treatment plans
  • Develop, implement and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders
  • functions independently as a member of the Medical Staff with full clinical privileges
  • Other duties as assigned


Primary job functions of psychologists include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff, as well as functioning in accordance with local policies, principals, professional ethics; making use of guidelines in a creative flexible manner; and must use sound judgment in selecting techniques or introducing new practices and methods, adapting these as necessary to fit the needs of the patient population with which he/she serves.


Work schedule:  Full time, M-F   8:00am-4:30pm


Salary: To be determined by a Professional Standards Board. GS-13 $82,642- $107,434 

EDRP -  Applicant selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation ($60,000) under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to availability of funding. 


Recruitment incentive/Relocation expenses are authorized, and may be awarded up to 15%



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a.   Citizenship    Citizen of the United States.  

b.   Education

            (1)   Have a doctoral degree a graduate program in clinical psychology approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and 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)  GS-13  Two years of specialized experience providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position at this grade level. 


PLEASE NOTE:  Work must be within the realm of clinical psychology and must have been gained in a professional program concerned with health, rehabilitation, or vocational restoration.


c.  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.



d  Physical Standards/Requirements   Applicant must pass a pre-employment physical.   


e  English Language Proficiency   Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d).   [No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity who is not proficient in written and spoken English].



Credentialing/Privileging - VetPro:  Any registered, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro).   VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials.   This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety.   This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended.  PLEASE NOTE:   Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process .

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 (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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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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. 


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.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. YOU MUST INCLUDE OPTIONAL FORM 306 - Declaration of Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

 Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1115435.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Copy of current, unrestricted licensure
  3. Copy of transcripts
  4. Completed Occupational Questionnaire (if not completing on-line, be sure to submit OPM form 1203-FX)
  5. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required). 
  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   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 (available at  
  8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).



PLEASE NOTE: Your application will NOT be forwarded for consideration if you fail to provide all of the above documents.


Lesley Bonham
Phone: (607)664-4726
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC - Human Resources
76 Veterans Avenue
Bath, 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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