Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist in Binghamton, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Binghamton, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 YEARS

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1815398

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?


*Vet Center - Readjustment Counseling Binghamton, New York*

This position may be filled by a Psychologist, Social Worker, or a Readjustment Counseling Therapist; however only one (1) vacancy exists. If applying for the Psychologist position see vacancy WV-17-JCa-1815400 (Syracuse VA employees & VA Nationwide), if applying for the Social Worker position see vacancy WV-17-JCa-1815391 (U.S. Citizens & Federal employees of other agencies), i*f applying for the Social Worker position see vacancy WV-17-JCa-1815394 (Syracuse VA employees & VA Nationwide),if applying for the Readjustment Counseling Therapist position, see vacancy WV-17-JCa-1815320.*

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.


The Psychologist for the Vet Center provides readjustment counseling to eligible active duty members, veterans and their families in the Vet center program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling over issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a successful readjustment.

Duties are as follows, but not limited to:

  • Complete a psycho-social assessment and military history evaluation.
  • Conduct screenings that include an assessment of harm to self or others and the client's ability to provide for self (shelter, food, emergent medical care, etc.).
  • Responsible for developing a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment.
  • Will identify and maintain relationships with resources to facilitate active duty service member and veteran client referrals.
  • Refers clients to needed services.
  • Act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the active duty service member, veteran and their families without fostering dependency and preserving the right of the client to exercise choice.
  • Provides education to elements external to the Vet Center.
  • Educates the active duty service member, veteran and family members as appropriate on a variety of health topics common to war veterans based on age, injury, or war theatre.
  • Ensure good communication and sound clinical treatment of active duty and veteran clients that are shared with other health care providers as required within community based agencies, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense.
  • Attends and participates in Vet Center/DOD administrative and clinical staff meetings as directed by the Vet Center Team Leader.

Work Schedule:Term (Not-to-exceed 2 years), Monday through Friday, non-traditional hours as late as 8:00 p.m. Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Functional Statement Title/#: Psychologist, GS180-11/12/13, Readjustment Counseling Service - Vet Center/00000#

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel within the community.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Designated Drug Testing required.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be a licensed Psychologist for the GS-13 grade level.
  • Must pass a pre-employment examination.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed OR have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.
  • Internship. a) Successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and is consistent with the assignment for which applying OR b) 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 Office of Academic Affiliations at the time the individual was an intern OR c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement OR d) 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.
  • Experience. For GS-11, none beyond the basic requirements. For GS-12, 1 year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-11. GS-13, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-12.
  • This position provides direct patient care and requires that the applicant be proficient in basic written and spoken English.
  • This position has physical requirements. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination performed by the Syracuse VAMC Employee Health unit is a requirement, drug urinalysis drug screen is required.
  • Licensure. Must be a licensed Psychologist for the GS-13 grade level. Candidates must have a full, current and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or the District of Columbia. Non-licensed applicants (graduate psychologists) that meet the basic requirements may be given a 2-year temporary appointment as a "graduate psychologist" at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade with the conditions of obtaining licensure within the 2-year period and while non-licensed provide care only under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
  • NYS Driver's License: Current and Unrestricted.

Preferred Experience: Experience working with clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Trauma.

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: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard GS-180 Veterans Health Administration. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: 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:This position has physical requirements. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination performed by the Syracuse VAMC Employee Health unit is a requirement, with random urinalysis drug screen. Refusal to undergo a pre-employment physical will eliminate you from consideration.

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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $109,781.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-11/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 452301400

Job Announcement Number: WV-17-JCa-1815398