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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist / Substance Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JT-14-LJM-1112733-BU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,390.00 to $117,447.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 18, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Manchester, NH View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1112733


This posting is to fill one vacancy. The vacancy may be filled by a Psychologist or a Social Worker.  Social Worker applicants should see Job Announcement # JT-14-LJM-1167901-BU to apply.

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.  

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


Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans’ personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS11 to GS13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • 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


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The incumbent for this position applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting.  He/she has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.  The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct care to patients with substance abuse disorders, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision.  However, the psychologist functioning at this level also has administrative duties associated with the substance abuse program in addition to collateral supervisory responsibilities and administrative/managerial duties.

The incumbent for this position is assigned to the Manchester VAMC Substance Abuse Program within the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service (MHBSS).  In addition to providing direct patient care, this psychologist does have additional duties as described below:   

Clinical Responsibilities: (40%time)

1.   Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.

2,   Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

3.   Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

4.   Provides consultation to professional staff within VA and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

5.   Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

6.   Functions independently as a member of the Manchester VA Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges.  Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities (55% time)

1.     Assists the Service Line Manager in the design, development, and implementation of Substance Abuse Program.  Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Service Line Manger.

2.     Assist the program manger in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

3.     Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

4.     Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

5.     Complies with all VHA electronic medical record documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

6.     Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Line Manager (or designee) and facility Director.

7.     Attends monthly Psychology meetings, intern supervisory staff meetings, and complies with Psychology peer review procedures.

8.     Attends weekly Clinical Team staff meetings and complies with program directives.

Teaching and Training (5% time):

1.       Provides clinical supervision and instruction for the Mental Health Interdisciplinary team regarding various aspects of substance abuse treatment.


Preferred Experience:  The ideal candidate for this position should possess at least 2 Years of substance abuse and mental health experience.  Prior management experience is also highly desired.



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    • U.S. citizenship.    
    • Have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from a graduate program in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
    • Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by the APA.
    • Be licensed to practice psychology at the doctorate level.
    • English language proficiency - Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English..

    Preferred Experience:  2 years minimum within a VA setting with mental health patients.


    See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18. It is anticipated that the full performance level for this position will be GS-13, but will be dependent upon review of the Professional Standards Board.


    • Experience: None beyond the basic requirements
    • Assignment: Staff psychologists at this level 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. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.


    • Experience: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least 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.
    • Assignment: At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level. They may be assigned to any program area.


    • 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.
    • Experience: In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.
    • Assignment: This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitative medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational Development.
    • 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 individual, family, and group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as biofeedbak, psychological hypnosis, and environment 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 studies.


    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.

    Physical Requirements: Position primarily sedentary in nature.  Light lifting and carrying not to exceed 15 lbs.,  Use of fingers; Both hands required; Occassional walking and standing. Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” Hearing (aid permitted).

    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


    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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    HOW TO APPLY: 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, 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 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):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

    VA Form 10-2850c
    - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (completed application required in order to be considered for this vacancy).

    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 1112733.
    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, August 01, 2014Friday, August 01, 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 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.


    Larry Mack
    Phone: (603)624-4366
    Agency Information:
    VHA Manchester VAMC
    Department of Veteran Affairs
    VAMC Manchester
    718 Smyth Road
    Manchester, NH


    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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