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Job Title:  Clinical Psychologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  RV-14-BG-1176101-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 25, 2014 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Mobile, AL View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


Department of Veterans Affairs

Psychologist GS-0180; 1 vacancy; Mobile, AL

Announcement Number: RV-14-BG-1176101-BU

Open Date: 07/25/14    Close Date:  08/13/14

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.  

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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.


  • 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 deals with extremely complex diagnostic, therapeutic, and administrative questions involving patient care. The incumbent must recognize deficits and problems which may be encountered in a diverse patient population with varying and complex medical and/or psychological problems in achieving satisfactiory psychological adjustment. The ulitmate psychological rehabilitation of patients depends upon the functions of this position. The incumbent ensures that all Healthcare System patients referred for psycholgoical evaluation and/or treatment are provided appropriate services in a comprehensive, unified manner, and on a timely basis. The incumbent reports directly to the Lead Psychologist or his/her designee.

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday thru Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm

Note: The duty station, based upon the needs of the health care system, may  require the individual to work from other facilities (e.g., Biloxi, MS; Mobile Outpatient Clinic, Alabama; Eglin Outpatient Clinic, Florida; Joint Ambulatory Care Center Pensacola, Florida; and Panama City Outpatient Clinics, Florida).


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    a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.


    b. 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. A degree in the Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine is preferred.


    (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.


GS-11: Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.


GS-12: 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.


GS-13 : (a) 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.


       (b) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s)


    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.


Applicants should submit a narrative statement on a separate page(s) with specific responses to the above KSA’s in this announcement. Failure to submit your narrative response for this job may negatively affect your eligibility and/or rating for this position.


References: Qualification Requirements Used: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18. This standard is available for review in the local HR Office. For the full text, see the Handbook on file in Human Resources Management Service.


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: Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4. Ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing without aid; emotional and mental stability; working alone; working closely with others



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.   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.


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 Wednesday, August 13, 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.


VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment – October 2011 (Available at: (required).

SF-50-Notification of Personnel Action (required if current/permanet/or former federal employee)

Resume and/or CV

Required forms must be completed, signed and dated.

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 1176101.

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.


Human Resources Office
Phone: (228)523-5780
Agency Information:
Behavioral Health
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS


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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