Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Psychologist (Home-Based Primary Care) in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • New Bedford, MA
Work Schedule is Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/8/2016 (45 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 12/8/2016 (46 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1792582

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

OUR MISSION: 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 Clinical Psychologist (Home-Based Primary Care) position is located in Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service and is not a bargaining unit position. This is a permanent part-time position at the New Bedford Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. The tour of duty is 40 hours per pay period (20 hours per week), and the schedule is to be determined.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

*This position is open till filled*

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until Thursday, December 08, 2016. This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the first cut off date being September 22, 2016 with subsequent cut-off dates every 14 days. Management retains the right to make additional selections as positions become available.

  • Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic services including, but not limited to, the following evaluations: Dementia, diminished decision-making capacity, and non-adherence.
  • Provides a full range of psychotherapeutic interventions for Veterans with diverse behavioral and mental health conditions.
  • Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of Veteran care issues.
  • Provides psychological prevention services to Veterans at significant risk for psychological and/or medical problems.
  • Provides services to the families/caregivers of Veterans with dementia being served by Home-Based Primary Care.
  • Functions as part of an integrated, interdisciplinary home-based primary care team.
  • Participates fully in peer-review, assessing the quality of professional Psychology standards provided in the organization.
  • Identifies Veteran problems requiring consultation with other medical center services and makes appropriate referrals.
  • May be involved in program evaluation activities.
  • May provide clinical supervision and instruction for Psychology trainees.

A copy of the functional statement for this position can be made available upon request, after the closing date of vacancy announcement.

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • To local residences to provide patient care.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Designated and Random Drug Testing required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Unrestricted State Driver's License.

Basic Requirements

U.S. Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen.

Driver's License: Must possess an unrestricted State Driver's License.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education: Have a doctoral degree in Psychology from a graduate program in Psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


Have a doctoral degree in any area of Psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions (official transcript and/or completion certificate required):

  1. the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and
  2. the specialty in which the application is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


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; (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; and (3) Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.)

Licensure: 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:* Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not to exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such a psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.

Qualifying Experience for GS-12: GS-12 requires at least one (1) year of experience as a professional Psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Psychologists who are not licensed must practice under the supervision of a licensed Psychologist but with less intense supervision than at the GS-11 grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of and ability to apply a wide range of professional psychological treatments or assessment methods to a variety of patient populations.
  2. Ability to design and implement effective treatment strategies.
  3. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures.

Qualifying Experience for GS-13:GS-13 requires at least two (2) years of experience as a professional Psychologist, with at least one (1) year equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following 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.

Preferred Experience: Experience working with an older adult population and experience in Neuropsychological evaluations.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

References: This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . 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.

Physical Requirements: The work will involve some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items. Work areas are often noisy, irregular, and unpredictable and can be stressful at times. Clients demonstrate varying levels of recovery and symptoms.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may or may not be interviewed.


Benefits Package: Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefit 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

Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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.

Other Information

Additional Information:

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • May be subject to a probationary period.
  • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • This is a part-time position and the salary will be pro-rated.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Salary Range: $77,744.00 to $120,187.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-00/00

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449429700

Job Announcement Number: DQ-16-BLL-1792582