Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist (Compensation & Pension) in Providence, Rhode Island

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

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

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1738744

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 Psychologist (Compensation & Pension) position is located in Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service and is not a bargaining unit position. This is a permanent full-time position. The tour of duty is to be determined.

If you are not a permanent Veterans Health Administration VISN 1 employee, you will not be found eligible or referred for this position.

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.

  • Functions as the full time mental health examiner for compensation and pension examinations
  • Performs all the duties necessary for high quality, timely completion of the mental health examinations assigned for initial, review, or increase C&P; evaluations.
  • Reviews the Claims files, medical records, and associated background materials; performs the examination of the patients as requested by Regional Office of VBA; and completes electronic documentation of the examinations in the Compensation and Pension Records Interchange (CAPRI) system within 48 hours of visit.
  • Provides opinions regarding the Veteran's mental health as requested by the Regional Office of VBA.
  • Serves as a clinically privileged Psychologist, and must be able to perform any of the duties included under the general privileges of an independently functioning Psychologist.
  • Participates fully in peer review, assessing the quality of psychological services and the extent to which the standards of the profession are met in services provided by the Psychologists at this facility.

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
  • Not Required
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.

Basic Requirements

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

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). The specialty area of the degree 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 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: 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.

Experience:GS-13 requires at least one (1) year of experience as a professional Psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12).

You will be rated on the following competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire of this position:

  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.
  4. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.
  5. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that promotes shared accountability.

Preferred Experience: At least two (2) years of clinical experience as a licensed Psychologist, either through participation in a postdoctoral training program or employment as a Psychologist.

Note: 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).

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, carrying of light items, accessing transportation, and driving a government vehicle. Work will be performed in a wide range of settings, including the Medical Center; in client, group or family homes; in community-based outpatient settings, community agencies; or in transport vehicles (public or government). 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.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP: Provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website here

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: $92,448.00 to $120,187.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current permanent employees of VISN 1 locations for VHA employees, including permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees, current permanent full-time Hybrid Title 38 and permanent full-time Title 38 employees.

Control Number: 443282100

Job Announcement Number: DQ-17-BLL-1738744