Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 859896
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?
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 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.
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 review the selected candidates 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.
One full-time Staff Psychologist position is currently available in Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service Line.
The tour of duty is 8:00am to 4:30pm.
There may be some instances where the incumbent would be required to work after 4:30pm, or have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Salary is determined by the Professional Standards Board based on education, qualifications, experience, and credentials.
More than one applicant may be hired from this announcement.
First consideration will be given to permanent VAMC Hampton employees.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
English Language Proficiency required.
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
Performs psychological evaluations for patients on units to which the psychologist is assigned to provide coverage.
Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions to units/programs in the Medical Center to which the psychologist is assigned and has clinical privileges to practice
individual psychotherapy and/or counseling, vocational counseling, group therapy and/r counseling, family therapy and/or counseling, crisis intervention, administration and interpretation of psychometric tests (objective), administration and interpretation of psychometric tests (projective), program evaluation, psychological research, consultation, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, sexual dysfunction therapy, specified atypical psychotherapy.
Performs other directly related duties as assigned.
The basic requirements for employment as a VHA 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:
itizen of the United States.
(Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
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.
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.
See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency:
Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English
in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a.
: None beyond basic requirements.
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.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.
Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.
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
Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques to the full range of patient populations.
Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
Knowledge of clinical research literature.
See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Per VA Handbook 5019, Part IV, Appendix A, full and part-time employees, Volunteers and trainees are required to complete a Tuberculin Test prior to employment or assignment to duties where they may be exposed to tuberculosis.
Applicants 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:
Applicants must submit a copy of their transcript(s) to verify education.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
(Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)
Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. 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, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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