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Senior Psychologist (Service Chief / Director)

Menlo Park, CA, USA | Leading Government / Military Company

  • Industry:
    Government / Military
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    1-3 years
Job Description:
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The Psychologist serves as the Director of the NCPTSD Dissemination and Implementation Division and has full programmatic authority for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of the Division. Oversees and directs NCPTSD-related research projects, educational programs, strategic planning, and other national programs such as the VA Prolonged Exposure Training Program.

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The initial cut-off date is: 03/19/2019

Applications will be referred every 2 weeks.

Applications will remain on file for 3 months.

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The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) is a Congressionally mandated center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs responsible for providing research, education, and training in the science, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress-related disorders. The NCPTSD is a collaborative consortium of seven divisions located in VA Medical Centers throughout the country that advances scientific understanding of PTSD and provides scientific input to policy-makers and program managers throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited:

Responsibility for all components of Division functioning including its strategic and long-range planning, programmatic design,interpretation and implementation of the Division priorities within the NCPTSD and Congressional mandates, delineation of administrative, research and clinical structures and all activities of the Division's staff.

Manages administrative and programmatic resources including a recurring budget of approximately 8 million dollars ($4 million in core Center funding and $4 million for VACO special projects).

Coordinates and provides technical consultation and support to various projects and special initiatives, including responses to Congressional inquiries; developing briefing papers to convey findings and VA positions; developing education/training initiatives; monitoring key activities in programs and projects for timeliness, accomplishing key milestones, and supporting the overall objectives outlined in Directives and other VHA publications.

Ensure all Division research is conducted as stipulated in approved protocols, is conducted in a timely manner, and follows established VHA ethical and procedural guidelines.

Provides expert guidance, consultation, and leadership in developing methodologies to analyze and evaluate both PTSD research and education/implementation activities related to trauma and PTSD, technologies, and implementation science.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0180 Psychology

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Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Must pass pre-employment examination.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

Subject to a background/security investigation.

Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Physical Requirements: Work is mostly sedentary by nature. Light lifting and carrying of items under 15 pounds maybe required. Some walking and standing is required.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.


Basic Requirements:

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy


(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 specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. 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. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology).


(2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions:

(a) The re-specialization 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.


Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.


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.


(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;


(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;


(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.)


(e) Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program.

Preferred Experience:

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.

Grade Determinations: In additional to meeting the basic requirements, you must also have at least 4 addition years of experience, with at least on year equivalent to the GS-14 level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/or 2) a full, current and unrestricted license.

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