Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief Psychologist in Los Angeles, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 8/9/2016 (74 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (70 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1750175* *

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?

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

*NOTE: * The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

The position may be filled on a temporary basis pending review by a Professional Standards Board.


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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses may be authorized for this position.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


The incumbent of this position serves as Chief, Psychology Service in a Medical Facility which provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs comprising of General Medicine & Surgery, neuropsychiatries, domiciliary and Nursing Home Care Unit services. The incumbent is responsible to the Assistant Chief of Staff for the day to day operation of the organization and for the deployment and distribution of personnel and other resources for quality control in treatment, research, education, program evaluation and staff development.

  • Provides leadership, supervision and makes decisions on activities and problems of subordinate unit chiefs, staff psychologists, psychology technicians and various clinical psychology interns and support staff.
  • Collaborates with other unit heads to negotiate, decide about and coordinate changes in work units.
  • Organizes the professional, technical and personnel resources of the department in clearly conceptualized intra-and inter-departmental roles, functions and relationships so that these can be efficiently and effectively committed to meeting the objectives of the total organization.
  • Articulates, interprets and communicates the problems, needs and goals of the department to coordinate with Medical Center officials and represent psychology programs to all levels of management.
  • Serves on key Medical Center committees and boards including but not confined to the Clinical Executive Board, Quality Assurance Committee and the Joint Conference Council.
  • Has overall responsibility for both an internship program approved by the American Psychological Association (A.P.A.) that has a number of affiliations with major universities and a centralized psychological and neuropsychological testing program that provides a full range of ability and personality tests to newly admitted patients.
  • Evaluates program staff members and program performance as well as evaluating supervisory level staff and reviews their evaluations of subordinates.
  • Develops with employees mutually satisfactory courses of corrective action including regular consultations, reassignment of training opportunities as required to enhance their professional growth and effectiveness.
  • Hears group grievances and employee complaints, as well as those unsolved at a lower level and reviews disciplinary cases.
  • Participates as a major member of the staff of the Vice President for Science & Human Behavior counterpart officials in Psychiatry, Social Work, Rehabilitation and Nursing program areas in multi-disciplinary program review and evaluation of patient care, research and education programs, both general and special, and contributes to the design and implementation of cost-effectiveness studies of alternative patient treatment rehabilitation models.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Full, active and unrestricted licensure as Psychologist is required.


  • CITIZENSHIP: U.S. citizenship.
  • EDUCATION: a) A doctoral degree from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). AND b) Completion of a professional internship training program that has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (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 requirements, 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.
  • LICENSURE: Licensed Psychologists 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficiency in spoken and written English.


In order for current professional psychology practice to be creditable, the experience must be post-doctoral degree experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Applicants must have at least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service (GS-14) and must fully meet the requirements for that level.


References: VA Handbook 5005/12, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G(1)(a)(2) dated 08/12/05 and VA Handbook 5005/15, Appendix G18 dated 3/17/06

Supervisory Probationary Period: One (1) year probationary period may be required.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklistor visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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

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.

Other Information

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

Salary Range: $131,028.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 444426900

Job Announcement Number: RN-16-JBa-1750175-SR