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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians
- to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.
Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) needs mental health support staff 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.
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Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A,
Appointment of persons with disabilities
[i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or
Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more
- U. S. Citizenship
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- English Language Proficiency required
- Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
This announcement has been updated and extended to include one vacancy in Primary Care / Mental Health Integration on the East Orange Campus.
VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) is recruiting for Psychologists in the following areas:
Primary Care / Mental Health Integration Psychologist
The incumbent serves as a staff psychologist with special proficiency in the interface between physical health and psychological illness. The incumbent will exercise mastery of the theories, principles, concepts and methodologies of Clinical Psychology that is customarily acquired through education and training that meets the requirements for a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD) plus two years of post -doctoral experience. The incumbent is required to exercise judgment in the selection of and/or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating patients or in developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of specialized problems or clinical populations with special proficiency in the interface between medical disease and psychological issues
The incumbent serves as a staff psychologist for half time in the mental health clinic and for half time on the acute psychiatry ward. The incumbent will exercise mastery of the theories, principles, concepts, and methodologies of Clinical Psychology that is customarily acquired through education and training that meets the requirements for a doctoral degree (e.g. Ph.D.) plus experience. The incumbent is required to exercise judgment in the selection of and/or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques, and practices in treating patients or in developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of specialized problems or clinical populations for both the inpatient acute psychiatry ward and the outpatient mental health clinic on the East Orange campus.
Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist
The Compensation and Pension (C&P) Psychologist functions as the full-time mental health examiner for compensation and pension examinations. As such, the incumbent will perform all the duties necessary for high quality, timely completion of the mental health examinations assigned for initial, review, or increase C&P evaluations. It is expected that up to six examinations (i.e. face-to-face appointments with the patient) will be completed in a day, with the psychologist expected to review the Claims file, medical record, and associated background materials, perform the examination of the patient as requested by Newark Regional Office of Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and complete documentation of the examination by dictation or by typing within 24 hours. The incumbent will provide opinions regarding the veteran's mental health as requested by the Newark Regional Office of VBA. Incumbent will perform specialty examinations (e.g. board of two psychologists) as required. Information from the Newark Regional Office of VBA on the quality and timeliness of the examinations will be considered in the incumbent's annual performance evaluation. Although the position is based on the East Orange campus, the incumbent may be required to perform C&P Examinations at any of the facilities within VANJHCS, as requested as well as make home visits to conduct C&P examinations. If available and clinically appropriate, the C&P psychologist may carry out examinations using distance technology (e.g. telehealth). The C&P psychologist is expected to be clinically privileged and able to perform any of the duties included under the general privileges of an independently functioning psychologist at this facility.
Please note this announcement may be used to fill Psychologist positions in other areas of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences or throughout VA New Jersey.
Psychologist - Mental Health
(grade, step, and salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board based on qualifications)
, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Excepted Service Permanent
- U.S. citizenship.
Must 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.
Must 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.
Must 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. Exception: The Secretary may waive the requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist 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.
GS-11 IS THE ENTRY LEVEL
for the GS-180 psychologist series. Staff psychologists at this level diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. They practice under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL:
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. At the GS-12 level, unlicensed psychologists practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, but with less need for consultation than at the GS-11 grade level.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL:
This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. 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 is required.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST
dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at
See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.
English Language Proficiency:
Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d).
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:
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.
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
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.
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