Clinical Psychologist
Department Of State - Washington, DC

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The incumbent serves as a Clinical Psychologist with Forensic experience for the Office of Medical Services. He/she performs psychological evaluations and determines mental health medical clearances and medical disability as related to mental health. The incumbent also provides authoritative responses to Diplomatic Security Service regarding the impact of an individual's psychopathology on his/her potential to obtain and/or retain a security clearance and on an individual's suitability to be an officer in the Foreign Service. The incumbent conducts psychological interventions to address problems associated with the entire range of psychopathology, and may also perform other evaluations related to the Diplomatic Security Service, to include the evaluation and triage of patients who require assessment and treatment. The incumbent also provides education to professional staff and preventative education to supported population.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Subject to random drug testing.

U.S. Citizenship is required.

One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret
security clearance.

DUTIES:
Serves as a Clinical Psychologist for the Office of Mental Health Services and/or Employee Consultation Services. Performs psychological evaluations and determines mental health medical clearances and medical disability as related to mental health. Provides authoritative response to Diplomatic security regarding the impact of an individual's psychopathology on his/her potential to become a security risk and on an individual's suitability to be an officer in the Foreign Service. Serves as mental health control officer for psychiatric evaluations in Family Advocacy cases and coordinates with Diplomatic Security and Legal Services regarding the management of identified cases through the Family Advocacy team. Evaluates and triage patients who require assessment and treatment. Develops policies and procedures for the Office of Medical services. Provides consultation regarding particularly difficult diagnostic and patient management questions. Conducts psychiatric interventions to include problems associated with the entire range of psychopathology. Provides education to professional staff and preventative education to supported populations. Interprets medical aspects of regulations and policies.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants must meet the required qualification requirements, including education and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. 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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov

You MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application, and if selected, an official college transcript will be required to verify education prior to employment. Applicants MUST meet the required basic entry qualification requirements described below:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Have an undergraduate or graduate level degree with a major or equivalent in psychology AND have satisfactorily completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) from an accredited college or university directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.

IN ADDITION to meeting the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, applicants applying for the GS-13 grade level MUST have at least 1 year of full time specialized work experience (Federal or other) at the GS-12 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. Qualifying experience includes: *Work experience in a forensic setting for a minimum of three years; *Significant work experience in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological tests measuring personality traits, behavioral characteristics, and cognitive functioning, in order to assist in the determination of differential psychiatric diagnoses and other aspects of forensic assessment. *Prior work experience in assessing individuals for suitability to obtain a national security clearance. *Prior work experience in the assessment of/intervention with individuals deployed to high-risk security posts on behalf of the USG.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Applicant MUST possess and SUBMIT a copy of their independent/unrestricted license to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in a State within the USA or one of its territories.

Note: All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. You MUST (1) submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application, and if selected, an official college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment; (2) transcripts MUST be legible AND include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, and number of credits earned; (3) if you attended more than 1 college you MUST submit a transcript from each institution if you wish your education to be considered in qualifying you for this position; (4) all college course work that may be pertinent to qualifying you for the position MUST be included on the transcripts. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Based on your responses to the job-specific self-assessment questions, eligible candidates are placed for selection consideration into one of three pre-defined quality categories as described below:

Highly-qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must fully demonstrate proficiency in all major aspects of the position.

Well Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in some but not all of the major aspects of the position.

Qualified Category - In addition to meeting minimum qualifications, applicants must demonstrate a basic level of knowledge, skill and ability of the position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:

  • Knowledge of psychological principles, theories, concepts and practices related to mental health illness.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze medical information and determine mental health medical clearance and medical disability related to mental health.
  • Ability to communicate orally to provide authoritative response to diplomatic security regarding an individuals psychopathology.
  • Ability to communicate in writing in order to develop policies and procedures for the Mental Health Services.
  • Ability to interact with other medical professionals and act as a resource and provide guidance to overseas medical personnel regarding management of psychiatric issues.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide information sufficient to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of consideration. For tips on writing your resume, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each pre-defined quality category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent (i.e., CPS and CP) must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority.

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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BENEFITS:
The Department of State offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to these benefits, we also offer the Student Loan Repayment Program, Child Care Centers, Child Care Subsidy, Flexible work schedule, Transit Subsidy Program. For additional information on Federal benefits click here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

SELECTIVE SERVICE - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify at the time of appointment that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Employee Relations, Disability/Reasonable Accommodations Division, at (202) 261-8180. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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