Staff Psychologist Psychometrist
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for DC - Washington, DC

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A FEDERAL CAREER LIKE NO OTHER!!! Are you ready to increase public safety, prevent crime, reduce recidivism, and support the fair administration of justice in the District of Columbia? The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) has an opening for a Staff Psychologist Psychometrist GS-0180-13 located in the Re-Entry Sanctions Center, Office of Co-occurring Disorders. The successful candidate provides the full range of assessment and counseling services to offenders/defendants and is a Certified Psychologist and must have a doctoral degree Ph.D. or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) for independent practice as a psychologist at the GS-13 level and working on the license at the GS-0180-12 level. The successful candidate will join a dedicated team of professionals and gain invaluable experience working in the public interest to improve public safety in the District of Columbia. CSOSA presents our nation's capital with a unique opportunity to create a new model for effective community supervision of offenders and provide a safer environment for our citizens.

Staff Psychologist Psychometrist, GS-0180-12/13:
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DUTIES: (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

The incumbent must be certified by the State or the National Association of Psychologists as a Staff Psychologist and conducts interviews, uses rating scales, questionnaires or other measurement devices, or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition. The incumbent is the Staff Psychologist and has developed expert professional mastery of the assessment tools available to effectively diagnose abnormalities or variations thereof in the specialized area of psychology of offenders/defendants. The incumbent uses professional masters level expertise of assessment tools to effectively diagnose at the full performance level and is fully credential as clinical counselor and certified psychometrist and performs duties for assessment of abnormalities or variations thereof in the specialized area of psychology of offenders/defendants. The incumbent assists to develop new assessment or measurement devices for the specialization, and provide a practical research environment for assessment in the specialized area of psychology of offenders/defendants.
Uses data for comprehensive psychodiagnosis on which to base treatment. Conducts psycho-social interviews and performs other data collection to obtain information about offenders/defendants, including history of substance abuse, educational and vocational history, family relationships and history, socioeconomic status, and medical history and status.
Coordinates and conducts in-service training for counselors and other case managers in test administration procedures. Assists in interpreting formal and informal diagnostic evaluations made by counselors and/or other case managers. Adapts protocols to resolve complex problems that arise in managing case files for a wide range of social services program participants. Handles all aspects of case management for a large case load including collecting and analyzing information, preparing case histories, presenting information in interdisciplinary team meetings, and drafting written work products.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: (The KSAs below may not apply at all grades)

Professional masters level knowledge of wide range of concepts of psychology of offenders/defendants to modify assessment tools to effectively diagnose abnormalities or variations in the area of psychology of offenders/defendants.

Knowledge and skill in administering, scoring and interpreting written and/or automated diagnostic assessment and evaluation tools (e.g., Wide Range Achievement (WRAT), Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI), Maryland Addiction Questionnaire (MAQ), Assessing Risk for Violence (HCR-20), Clinician Administered PTSD (CAPS), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS - III) or comparable tests).

Ability to assess the offenders'/defendants' history, needs, potential problems and other indicators to support evaluations for treatment and predict future behavior in order to match levels of treatment to the risk levels of offenders/defendants.

Ability to communicate orally with offenders/defendants from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, educational, and socio-economic levels to conduct interviews and to present information.

Ability to prepare written assessment reports, notes and other documents and to make recommendations for additional testing.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

This position as Staff Psychologist Psychometrist GS-13 requires verification of Certification as Certified Psychologist with doctoral degree Ph.D. or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and certification for independent practice as a psychologist and must attach copy of certified by the State or the National Association of Psychologists.

This position must have a doctoral degree Ph.D. or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) while working as a Staff Psychologist Psychometrist at the GS-0180-12 level working to complete the required certification as GS-0180-13 FPL Certified Psychologist.

MINIMUM FEDERAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Grade 12: BASIC REQUIREMENTS

For all specializations except counseling or clinical psychology: Successful completion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in psychology.

For counseling psychology: Satisfactory completion of two full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology.

For clinical psychology: Successful completion of the requirements for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-RESEARCH POSITIONS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-11.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as a Staff Psychologist. Specialized experience includes to effectively work as clinical counselor and certified psychometrist and perform duties for assessment of abnormalities or variations in the specialized area of psychology of offenders/defendants.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR RESEARCH POSITIONS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had either specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below. Education and experience may be combined to meet the total experience requirements.

1. The applicant must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree when the position involves primarily scientific inquiry or investigation, or research-type exploratory development of a creative or advanced scientific nature, where the knowledge required to perform the work successfully is typically and primarily acquired through graduate study.

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2. The applicant must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-11.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Grade 13: BASIC REQUIREMENTS

For all specializations except counseling or clinical psychology: Successful completion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in psychology.

For counseling psychology: Satisfactory completion of two full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology.

For clinical psychology: Successful completion of the requirements for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as Staff Psychologist. Specialized experience includes work to diagnose abnormalities and administer, score and interpret diagnostic assessment and evaluation tools including Wide Range Achievement (WRAT), Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI), Maryland Addiction Questionnaire (MAQ), Assessing Risk for Violence (HCR-20), Clinician Administered PTSD (CAPS), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS - III) or comparable tests.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

BENEFITS: See Other Information.

OTHER INFORMATION: LOCATION: Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), Office of Community Justice Programs, ReEntry Sanctions Center, Washington, DC.

AGENCY BACKGROUND INFORMATION: If you would like to learn more about Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) mission, strategic goals, employment opportunity, and other information we encourage you to visit our website at WWW.CSOSA.GOV.

Bargaining Unit Status: Not eligible.

Basis of Rating: Agencies have a number of flexibilities in selecting candidates. Your application may be rated under any the following method: Category Rating Procedures - this method has been recommended to agencies for use as part of the President's Memorandum on Hiring Process Improvement. In Category Rating, an agency will have no fewer than two rating categories - usually three. They may be named differently but are generally representative of the Most Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Minimally Qualified. You will be placed in one of the categories based on your answers to the experience and ranking questions and other factors such as:
Breadth and scope of competencies/KSAs Increased levels of difficulty or complexity of competencies/KSAs Successful performance on the job Level of the job With the exception of positions which are professional and scientific at the GS-09 (or equivalent) and above, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 30-percent or more (CPS) and those with a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10-percent but less than 30-percent (CP) move from the category in which they would otherwise be placed to the top of the highest quality category. For professional and scientific positions GS-09 (or equivalent) and above will be placed at the top of the category in which their rating otherwise places them.
All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

How to Apply: The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at www.avuedigitalservices.com/csosa/applicant.html. If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment that provides Internet access to apply online. If you are unable to apply online, you may call the contact phone number listed on this announcement to obtain a copy of the vacancy announcement, applicant qualification form (Form No. F-15566-AVUE), and instructions for completing the form. No other form of application will be accepted.

Applicants submitting proof documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: CSOSA, c/o Avue Technologies Corporation, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

Applicants who apply online will automatically receive email acknowledgement of receipt of their application.

Evaluation Methods: Your application will be evaluated according to the extent and quality of experience, education, and training. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your application/resume will be evaluated against the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

CSOSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate those needs. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the CSOSA Office of Human Resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. The Agency is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

BENEFITS: A variety of health insurance plans; retirement system with investment options; paid holiday; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, training and development opportunities, family/worklife program, etc.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation, drug testing, and favorable adjudication.

Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Selective Service Registration: As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments directly deposited into a financial institution of their choosing.

U.S. Citizenship: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals.

Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim.

If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, or you are applying for consideration under the Veteran Employment Opportunity Act or Veteran Readjustment Authority, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility. If you are applying for consideration under the 30% or more Disabled Veteran Authority, you must attach a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and meet the mid-level of the crediting plan for all factors or the established cutoff score. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

Appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.