Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist (Vet Center) in Caribou, Maine

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

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1528818

*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.

The Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS), VA Maine Healthcare, is seeking a Clinical Psychologist for the Vet Center in Caribou, Maine. We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence. We value you.

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

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.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under announcement #VHA-402-17-SL-1818239-BU


**This position provides readjustment counseling to eligible active duty service 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. this task is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Vet Center or other interdisciplinary treatment teams both within the Department of Veteran Affairs, community agencies, and the Department of Defense as appropriate. The employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours to include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. The employee will be required to safely operate a government vehicle under a myriad of conditions to support the mission. Other duties include but are not limited to:

  • Completing psycho-social assessments.

  • Developing unique treatment plans that reflect a course of therapeutic intervention that will address needs identified in assessments.

  • Maintaining and exercising an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of clients, which may be better served by programs external to the Vet Center.

  • Uses the current resource file of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of clients.

  • Exercises advocacy with the goal of enabling and educating the client to effectively advocate for him/herself.

  • Exercises a variety of individual and group counseling techniques.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm; with occasional nights, weekends and holidays

Functional Statement Title/#: Psychologist

This position is also being announced as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC), Clinical Social Worker, and Readjustment Counseling Therapist. This position may be filled using multiple job series. If you are a LPMHC, please apply to vacancy # VHA-402-17-SL-1818220-BU. If you are a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, please apply to vacancy # VHA-402-17-SL-1528829-BU. If you are a Readjustment Counseling Therapist, please apply to vacancy # VHA-402-17-SL-1724575-BU.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Background/Suitability Investigation
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


Citizenship. U.S Citizen. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.

Education. (1) Have 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. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to the specific job duties that might require special skills. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment.


(2) 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:

(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. NOTE:You must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.


(3) Internships * (a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. *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 that 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 (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.

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


a. Creditable Experience

(1) Current Professional Psychology Practice.To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration.

(2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

(3)* Part-time Experience.* Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a 1/2 time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

(4) Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Postdoctoral fellowships or residencies are training programs in an advanced area of clinical practice. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

b. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-11 (Entry Level)

Experience.None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-12 Staff Psychologist (Developmental Level)

Experience.At least 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 (KSAs).

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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.

  4. Ability to conduct research activities, such as designing and implementing clinical research projects (staff psychologists with specified research job duties).

  5. Ability to perform basic research tasks of scholarship and research execution within the context of an established research team, including research participant relations, research documentation, data acquisition, maintenance, and collaboration.

GS-13 (Full Performance Level)

Experience. At least 2 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/87, Part II, Appendix G18 Psychologist Qualification Standard, dated June 6, 2016. This can be found in the local Human Resources office.

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.

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: The work is primarily sedentary, but may require some physical activity such as lifting 10-20 lbs. occasionally, reaching above shoulder, frequent keyboarding, sitting 4-7 hours per day, walking up to 6 hours per day; standing up to 8 hours per day.

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

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

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

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

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

Series & Grade: GS-0180-11/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452877500

Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-17-SL-1528818-BU