To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.
Individual Occupational Requirements
DEGREE: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below:
· Clinical Psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 grade level and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.
· Counseling Psychology: For positions at grades GS-09 grade level and above, satisfactory completion of two (2) full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required.
Basic requirements for all grades: Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown in the table on page IV-A-22, in addition to meeting the basic requirements.
The individual occupational requirements typically provide at least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of the occupations covered by this standard:
1. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements.
Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
2. Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A.
The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.
The individual occupational requirements for some series make no provision for combining experience and education. Therefore, they do not include paragraph B provisions.
For a small number of occupations or positions covered by this standard, applicants may possess certain kinds of experience in lieu of education. In such cases, applicants may meet minimum qualification requirements through experience equivalent to a 4-year degree. These situations are generally described in paragraph C of the individual occupational requirements.
Applicants whose experience is used to meet the basic requirements through a paragraph B or C provision may qualify for grades above the entry level if that experience includes 1 year of specialized experience. In such cases, the specialized experience would have to be evaluated to determine if it is at the appropriate grade level in the normal line of progression.
Experience and education requirements for GS-7 and above: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education:
· GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-11 grade level.
· GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12 grade level.
NOTE: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE DEFINED: Experience with requirements of this position involving the mastery of the theories, principals, concepts, and methodologies of clinical psychology that is required through formal education and training that meets the requirement for the Doctor of Psychology Degree. Experience to exercise good judgment in the selection of accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating patients. Experience in development of new techniques and programs for the treatment of special problems or clinical population. Experience with the Mental Health/Social Services Program staff peer review and case consultation; Experience to provide a wide range of psychological testing, evaluation and clinical services; Experience with providing psychological consultation services to various community and tribal programs, tribal court, school, law enforcement, substance abuse programs, and tribal social services.
Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
NOTE: Your education may be used to substitute specific requirements and/or experience. Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the "Qualification Requirement" of this position. IF selected and you are "Qualified" based on your education you must provide "Official Copies" of your transcripts at that time. (See Qualifications Section of this Vacancy for Requirements).
You must provide the required information during the online application process; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:
1. Resume complete in USAJOBS
2. Responses to Questionnaire
3. Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details)
You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (EST) of the closing date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.
Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of three quality categories:
· Best Qualified Category -- Meet the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position
· Well Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualifications requirements and meets most requirements of the position.
· Qualified Category -- Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but do not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.
· Names of candidates in the Best Qualified Category will be sent to the Hiring Manager for employment consideration.
You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.
The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (EST) of the closing date of, Thursday, October 30, 2014, to be considered.