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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist (Pain Specialist)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  637-14-211-CJ-11701814AC-BU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,982.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 18, 2014 to Monday, July 28, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Asheville, NC View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)  1170181


Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC, Primary Care (Integrative Pain Management Serivce) is seeking an experienced Clinical Psychologist to work in our Integrative Pain Management Clinic as a Pain Specialist.


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.  

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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.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under 637-14-211-CJ-11701814AC-BU


  • 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 Charles George VA Medical Center, Primary Care (Intergrative pain Management Service), has an immediate opening for a Clinical Psychologist - Pain Specialist. He/she provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including appropriate selection of assessment, instruments and methods leading to sound diagnosis and treatment recommendations.  Provides services based on the results of psychodiagnostic assessment such as intervention development and treatment planning.  Is able to incorporate specialized interventions for Veteran's with chronic pain.  The incumbent performs evaluations for veterans with a variety of psychological disorders including substance abuse, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders but with enhanced specialties in Behavioral Medicine and chronic pain.  He/she will provide a full range of general therapeutic interventions including:  evidence based individual and family psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or interpersonal therapy within the outpatient and inpatient settings.  Provision of evidence based psycho therapies such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and/or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the purpose of enhancing health behavior change and treatment of psychological problems related to medical conditions and chronic pain is a requirement of this position.  He/she will provide Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Education and Biofeedback/Neuro-feedback Interventions.

Work Schedule:   8AM - 4:30PM 
Functional Statement Title:  Clinical Psychologist (Pain Specialist)


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA Clinical Psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States

Education: (1) 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.


(2) 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 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.

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.   Exception:  The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is so licensed. Non-licensed psychologist who otherwise meet the eligibility requirement may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate psychologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

Loss of Credential:  An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

English language proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Physical standards: - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment is required.

Grade determination :

GS-11: no experience is needed beyond the basic requirements listed above.

GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 level, at least one year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to GS-11. Individuals assigned as GS-12 psychologist may be in the process of obtaining licensure at the independent practice level. If unlicensed, the individual must be supervised by a licensure;

GS-13: In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to a GS-12 grade level. Individuals assigned as a GS-13 psychologist must hold a full, current, and unrestricted licensure 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.

In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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

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

References:VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, dated March 17, 2006.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here:   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 include the following abilities: Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, light carrying under 15 pound, walking for four (4) hours, standing for four (4) hours.



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 GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.  For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is 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.  


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 Monday, July 28, 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.

NOTE:  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.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes :

1. Occupational Questionnaire 

2. CV or Resume (On your resume please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), country of citizenship, and whether you were full-time or part-time.   If you were part-time be sure to state how many hours you worked).

3.  VA Form 10- 2850c - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at

4.   Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 

5.   Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired

6.   OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at

7.   If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214, Member copy 4.  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 Veterans Preference(available at

8.    If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax, transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Applicant's Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc., are documented in the application package.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record when your application package.


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.


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

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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is   1170181.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


Calvin Jager
Phone: (828)298-7911x5438
Agency Information:
VHA Asheville VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
1100 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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