1) U.S. citizenship.
2) Education: Doctoral degree 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.
(TRANSCRIPTS SHOWING DEGREE COMPLETION MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE
3) Internship: Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship
training program that has been accredited by the APA. Exceptions: (1) new VHA
psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA
accreditation are acceptable fulfillment of the internship requirement,
provided that such programs were sanctioned by 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 OR
you must be within 11 months of completion of a professional psychology
internship training program accredited by the APA.
4) License: Hold a full, current, 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 OR fall under the waiver by
the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs for a period not to exceed
two (2) years from the date of employment on the condition that the
psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a licensed
psychologist. (COPY OF LICENSE MUST BE INCLUDED IN APPLICATION PACKAGE, IF
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Experience
with psychological testing and providing evidence-based therapies.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND
SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
GS-11 (ENTRY LEVEL): No additional requirements beyond the
basic requirements listed above.
GS-12: In addition
to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one (1) year of
experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade
level. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologists may be in the process of
obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the
individual must be supervised by a licensed psychologist and the experience and
supervision must meet the standards for psychology licensure. In addition, the
candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1) Knowledge of, and ability to
apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
2) Ability to develop coherent
3) Ability to incorporate new
GS-13 (FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL):In addition to the experience requirement at the GS-12 level, at least
one (1) additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next
lower grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1) Knowledge of, and ability to apply,
advanced psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient
2) Ability to provide professional advice
and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral
3) Knowledge of clinical research
References: VA Handbook
5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychology Qualification Standard, dated March
2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and
Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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.
Requirements: Light lifting
(under 15 pounds), straight pulling, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers,
walking, standing, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1
to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other,
specific visual requirement, hearing (aid permitted), emotional and mental
stability, ability to read written material, and working closely with others.
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:
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.