Department of Veterans Affairs - New York, NY

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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?

This vacancy is advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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 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


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Designated and/or random drug testing required.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

English language proficiency required

Must pass pre-employment physical examination

This position is located within the

Behavioral Health VA Care Line of the VA Western NY Healthcare System at 2963 Main Street, Buffalo, NY,

with principal assignment to the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC). The PRRC psychologist provides outpatient assessment, individual, group and family psychotherapy, and program support within a recovery-based model for seriously mentally ill veterans. In addition to assigned clinical activities, the psychologist may participate in supervision and instruction of Psychology interns, postdoctoral fellows and practicum students, may engage in clinical research, and may participate in facility, network or national VA committees, with support of managers for these professional activities. Psychologist is identified by the Care Line as a clinical lead to deliver services through Employee Assistance Program (EAP). PRRC Psychologist will act as a point of contact for the acute psychiatric unit. The below duties are not all inclusive.

Clinical duties include:
Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients, including selection, administration and interpretation of psychological assessment instruments in accord with presenting clinical concerns.

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

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

Provides consultation and education as requested to allied health providers.

Provides program evaluation and development consultation as requested to Behavioral Health managers

Administrative Responsibilities:
Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces, as endorsed by supervisors.

Participates in Psychology privileging, educational and peer review activities, in accord with Psychology and medical center policies.

Participates as a non-voting member of the medical staff, in accord with medical staff by-laws.

Participates in support of BVAC and Psychology administrative and performance improvement activities, e.g., by taking on assigned projects and serving on committees.

Completes required clinical and administrative documentation in a timely manner and in accord with governing regulations.

If involved in supervision of Psychology trainees, participates in and supports administrative management of the Psychology Training Program.

Teaching & Training:
May supervise psychology predoctoral interns, practicum students and post-doctoral fellows in accord with training program policies and accrediting agency requirements.

Provides staff and student didactic training and consultation as requested in content areas of scholarly and/or clinical expertise.

May supervise or train allied health providers in accord with facility and regulatory standards regarding such training.

Participates fully in educational development through staff and section meetings.

Assumes responsibility for professional development by attending relevant training and regularly reviewing the literature to improve clinical competencies.

Tour of Duty:
Monday - Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; subject to change based on Agency needs




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:



Citizen 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.)



( 1) Have a doctoral degree in clincial or counseling 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 clinical or counseling 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.



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.


Licensure requirement may be waived 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 psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements 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. This may result in termination of employment.





None beyond the 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. 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, a wide range of professional psychological theories and assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.

2. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies.

3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.





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.



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

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.


VA Handbook 5005 at

(also available in the local Human Resources Office) and

OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


A pre employment physical will be conducted based on the following physical requirements: Moderate carrying 15-44 pounds, walking 3 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4 and hearing (aid permitted).

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. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


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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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.

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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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...