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

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

Opened Friday 7/1/2016 (114 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1826464* *

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.


The incumbent of this position provides a full range of psychological and behavioral health services within the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The incumbent will serve specifically in providing assessment and rehabilitation services for patients with the primary goals of identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population. The following are the duties, but are not limited to:

  • Provides psychological assessments, intakes, military and lifespan histories.
  • Conducts diagnostic interviews and provides psychodiagnostic testing.
  • Develops treatment plans that reflect a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment.
  • Provides a full range of psychological treatments and interventions for readjustments problems to individuals, couples, groups and families.
  • Utilizes techniques which are evidence-based and demonstrate ethical clinical practice.
  • Refers cases requiring outpatient or inpatient treatment that are beyond the scope of the Vet Center mission to the VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient Clinic.
  • Provides consultation to other team members on clinically complex cases.
  • Participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel.
  • Organizes counseling and non-counseling groups and functions as facilitator or therapist.
  • Provides community education on topics related to Veterans for the general public, professional groups, Veterans groups and the media.
  • Provides outreach in order to educate Veterans about readjustment issues and available services.
  • Maintains timely and accurate computerized records of client interactions, assessments, treatment plans, and other information pertinent to comprehensive client treatment and case management, as well as personal daily work activity.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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.


GS-11: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements at the GS-11 grade level, at least one (1) year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level is required. Psychologists at this grade level may be assigned to any program area. Note: In lieu of professional psychologist experience, candidates may also qualify based on completion of a one-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship program.

GS-13: In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 grade level, at least one (1) additional year of experience as a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level is required. Psychologists at this grade level practice independently and may be assigned to any program area and/or setting. Note: In lieu of professional psychologist experience, candidates may also qualify based on completion of a two-year Post- Doctoral Fellowship program.

Doctoral level college Transcript(s), copies or official, are required for verification of your education/training 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.


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.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. [If applicable]

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

Salary Range: $66,137.00 to $122,549.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-11/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453516600

Job Announcement Number: RN-16-JBa-1826464-SR