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Job Title:  Psychologist (Neuropsychologist)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  BK-HYB-14-1157320-50-BU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$82,642.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 14, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Saginaw, MI View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1157320

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?

Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan's famous four seasons of recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America's heroes. For more information about the Saginaw area, visit the Great Lakes Bay Region website. 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, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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.


Education Debt Reduction Program:  The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. 


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses have not been authorized for this position.


Professional Standards Board: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-13 to GS-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.


  • 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.


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The incumbent serves as Staff Psychologist with full Clinical Privileges at Aleda E. Lutz VAMC. This psychologist has primarily clinical duties with assignment in Neuropsychological and Psychological evaluation and coordination of those services in Psychology Service. The incumbent has credentials for and specialized clinical privileges in Neuropsychology. As a Staff Psychologist, the incumbent diagnoses mental disorders, conducts psychological assessments, treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provides adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities that may be provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies. The incumbent consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues and may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. The incumbent functions as a champion and advocate for the provision of recovery focused services to Veterans. As such, the incumbent is expected to model Recovery and its defined values in all aspects of her or his professional activities and partnerships. Duties of the Nueropsychologist include, but are not limited to:

·         Administers/scores or evaluates psychodiagnostic tests. Administers and interprets a variety of neuropsychological and psychological/psychodiagnostic group and individual tests selected by the incumbent, and composes reports summarizing and interpreting neuropsychological and psychological testing results. Through testing, clinical interviews and observation, assesses intelligence, cognitive and behavioral functioning and deficits, and personality variables. Assists in differential diagnosis. Serves as an authoritative source of information in the use and interpretation of tests to differentiate the basis for patients' symptomatology. Is capable of supervising others in the use of neuropsychological and psychological tests. Provides expert consultation to others with regard to test administration and evaluation.

·         The incumbent determines patients' needs for psychological evaluation, specialized evaluation procedures, diagnostic procedures, individual and group psychotherapy, and specialized psychological techniques.

·         The incumbent provides a full range of comprehensive and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. This can include performing neurocognitive rehabilitation interventions. Specialized interventions for which the incumbent does not have Clinical Privileges in this Medical Center are referred to another psychologist who is so privileged.

·         The incumbent is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the VAMC for Veterans to whom the incumbent provides services.

·         The incumbent provides consultation to professional staff within VAMC and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients. The incumbent also consults to and with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.


Tour of Duty: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday, but may be required to work some evenings and weekends)


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Friday, August 01, 2014 



·      U.S. citizenship.

·      Education.

o    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.

o    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 (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.

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

·      Experience. 1 year experience as a Psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-12. Examples of experience for this position include: assess and evaluate patient's mental health needs, perform a competency evaluation and/or neuropsychological examination, and provide end of life counseling and bereavement to families.

o    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities based on your application for this position: Please make sure that each is addressed in detail in the body of your resume.

1.    Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.

2.    Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3.    Knowledge of clinical research literature.

4.    For supervisory assignments:

a.    Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

b.    Ability to provide fair, principled, and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.

·      English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Staff Psychologists diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individuals, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedback, psychological hypnosis, and environmental interventions. They consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff Psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.


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.


References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for this application. Prior to appointment, official transcripts are required.


In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Specific dates must be included for job experience and education included in your resume. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The position is primarily sedentary, with some bending, walking, and stooping required.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed and verified against the required qualifications and competencies listed in this vacancy announcement. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, your role, and the outcome. 


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


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.


Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, or appointment. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.


Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.


Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Beth Keyser, Selective Placement Coordinator at (989) 497-2500, extension 13084. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.


Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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
View 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, August 01, 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 Submit My Answers to submit your application package.  

If you cannot apply online:


· Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.

View Occupational Questionnaire

· Print Form 1203FX to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire.

· 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.

· Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.  


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


· Complete this Cover Page using the six-digit Vacancy ID [1157320] You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

· Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

· Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. No further documents will be permitted after close of vacancy.

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.


Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as  documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information. 

The following documents are required. Failure to submit the required documents will result in a finding of "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this opportunity:


1. Your Résumé (Must include starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, hours worked per week, and salary information). To ensure you are properly rated, please make certain the required experience and Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) listed in the vacancy announcement are addressed in detail in the body of your resume. REQUIRED DOCUMENT.

2. Occupational Questionnaire. REQUIRED.


Note: Other document requirements may apply (see below):



A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for this application. Prior to appointment, official transcripts are required.

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 required documentation related to their Veterans' preference claim. Submitted DD214(s) must show active duty service dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If your DD214 is not yet available because you have not yet separated from service, you must submit official documentation detailing your service and impending date of separation.

Disabled Veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit the required documentation as listed on the SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" (example, letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying that the Veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more). For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit




Ashley Eichhorn
Phone: (989)497-2500x13079
Agency Information:
VHA Saginaw VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
1500 Weiss Street
Saginaw, MI


·         If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

·         If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

·         The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified," "not eligible," or  "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

·         To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJobs Account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

·         If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

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