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Clinical Psychologist (Chief Psychologist)

Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System Pekin, IL
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Clinical Psychologist (Chief Psychologist)

##### Department of Justice

Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System


- ##### Open & closing dates

08/26/2019 to 09/10/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 13

- ##### Salary

$88,704 to $115,313 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Pekin, IL 1 vacancy

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible


- Duties

### Summary

**Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?** You can have a
meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse
workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry
level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety
by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment
in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry
programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform
correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

Chief of the Psychology Services department at a Bureau of Prisons
(BOP) federal correctional facility. The department plays a major
role in providing and coordinating a complete range of psychological
services for the entire mental health program at the facility.

Responsibilities include administration and program development,
psychological assessment and evaluation, training and supervision,
research/program evaluation, as well as facilitating a wide variety
of professional, self-help and personal growth programs.

Plans, organizes, supervises and evaluates a diversified psychology
program within the institution.

Reviews all completed studies, research documents, and a variety of
other reports.

Maintains an ongoing awareness of organizational development, modern
correctional practices and various management concepts as it relates
to the psychology department.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent
is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the
institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all
others required by this position and are performed on a regular and
recurring basis.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

0180 Psychology

#### Similar jobs

- Clinical Psychologists
- Psychologists
- Psychologists, Clinical

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- U.S. Citizenship is Required.
- See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
- Selective Service Requirement:

**Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)**. The
ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service
employees with selection priority over other candidates for
competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in
writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP
consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this
vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the
instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well
qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy
all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate
equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established
category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility
with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your
separation personnel action form. Additional information about
ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

**The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)** provides eligible
surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the
Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates
for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice
component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or
displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive
selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP
eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this
announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.
To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification
requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the
Highly Qualified category using established category rating
criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of
CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information
about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

### Qualifications

To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:

**Basic Requirements:**

Satisfactory completion of all the requirements for a doctoral
degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional
work in clinical psychology is required.

**NOTE:** **ALL** applicants **MUST** upload legible transcripts as
verification of educational requirement. Transcripts **MUST** be
uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you
apply and MUST include identifying information to include School
Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All
academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or
university that has obtained accreditation or preaccreditation
status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click

For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see
Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of
Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

If you are selected for this position, you will be required to
provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.


In addition to the basic requirements, you must have:


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for
this position.


At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty
and complexity to the next lower grade level. To be creditable, this
experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular
qualifications to successfully perform the duties of the position,
and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of the qualifying experience are:

- Experience in planning, organizing, supervising and evaluating a
diversified psychology program within the institution.
- Experience in consulting with management officials or unit staff
on classification of inmates displaying possible emotional
problems and formulating treatment programs.
- Experience in managing the suicide prevention program including
investigating all suicide attempts and self-mutilation gestures,
reviewing completed psychological autopsy reports and
recommending changes in the overall program.
- Experience in managing the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and
providing assessment and referral to professional resources in
the community for employees on an as needed basis.


**Selective Factor:**

Applicants applying for this position **MUST** also possess the
following Selective Factor. In the event that you do not possess the
Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Applicants 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.

**NOTE:** All applicants must electronically upload copy of their
license at the time you apply. The documentation provided **must**
show the expiration date of the license. Failure to provide this
documentation will result in loss of consideration for this

If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience.
To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the
number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

\*\*Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your
responses to the questions in the application.\*\*

### Education

See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if

### Additional information

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been
established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of
Prisons institution. In special situations, a waiver may be
requested up to age 39 at locations where there is a shortage of
applicants under 37.

Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting
the maximum age of 37. Please refer to the Required Documents
Section for the appropriate documentation to submit to validate
veteran eligibility.

**Special Conditions of Employment Section:**

Initial appointment to a supervisory/managerial position requires a
one-year probationary period.

The incumbent is subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs
of the agency.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a
pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and
background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must
satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to
National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be
required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions
of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized
to carry a firearm.

The Core Value Assessment (CVA) is an in-person assessment that must
be facilitated at a Bureau of Prisons Human Resource Servicing
office. On the day of the scheduled interview, a CVA will be
administered. The applicant assessment must be completed within a
70 minute time period and a passing score must be obtained. Further
employment consideration will not be extended if the applicant fails
to complete the examination or fails to achieve a passing score.
Note: The Core Value Assessment will not be administered to current
BOP employees.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional
Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is

Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life
of the certificate.

**NOTE: Shift work is required.**

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category
Rating and Selection Procedures. Based upon your self-reported
responses to the assessment questions during the application
process, your application will be placed into one of three
categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.
Applications will be reviewed from the top quality category. Your
resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine
whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement.
If you are found qualified for this job, your resume and supporting
documentation will be compared to the responses you provided on the
online assessment questionnaire.

**NOTE:** Candidates within the top quality category and who are
eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority
over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the
type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume.
Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the
category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be
Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of
non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.

In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected
disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest
qualified category as defined by category rating procedures.

**What Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are Required for
this Position?**

The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's)
are required:

- Ability to conduct psychological assessments.
- Ability to recommend treatment interventions for various
- Skilled in conducting individual and group psychotherapy.
- Ability to supervise and develop potential of subordinates.
- Ability to make sound decisions and act quickly in critical

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

- Veterans' Preference Documentation: Veterans must demonstrate
that they have been discharged or released from active duty
under honorable conditions (i.e., the individual must have
received either an honorable or general discharge). Certificate
of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 indicating type
of discharge); or other official documentation (e.g.,
documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary
- If you are currently on active duty, a statement from the
appropriate Branch Personnel Office containing the following
information: Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Active Duty time,
Projected Separation Date and type of anticipated discharge must
be provided.
- If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or
widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or
the parent of a disabled or deceased veteran, you **SHOULD**
submit a **completed** Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for
10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required
documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to
support your preference claim. Documentation to support a
disability **must** reflect the **overall** evaluation or
percentage disability rating. Veterans must also demonstrate
that they have been discharged or released from active duty
under honorable conditions (i.e., the individual must have
received either an honorable or general discharge).
- Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
- In order to receive credit for experience contained in a resume,
your employment history must be documented in month/year format
(MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include
the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this
format may result in disqualification.
- A college transcript which includes the School Name, Student
Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). (Note: If you
are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be
required prior to your first day).
- SF-50 for proof of prior LEO coverage, if applicable.

**Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in
removal from consideration for this vacancy. If uploading
documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a
special character such as %, \#, @, etc. Documentation should be
identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts.**

**We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, delays in
mail service, applicant application errors, etc.**

#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be
credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

**How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health
Service Commissioned Officer?**

- Submit a complete/detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
- Address selective factor, if required.
- Resume or curriculum vitae must contain all information listed
in the Qualifications Section.
- Submit supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, certification,
registration, and/or license, if applicable).

Your completed application packet must be submitted to the
Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
(EST), on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. You must
include the last four digits of your social security number and the
vacancy announcement number on your application packet. DO NOT

**How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health
Service Commissioned Officer and want to enter the competitive

Refer to the information below.

You must apply through the online application system at Follow the prompts to register, answer a few
questions and submit all required documents.

**NOTE:** Submission of a resume alone is not a complete
application. This position may require the completion of additional
forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required
Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job
announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to
provide the required information and/or materials will result in
your application not being considered for employment.

**Claiming Veterans Preference?** If yes, you MUST claim preference
on-line during the application process and upload documentation to
support preference claimed. Failure to claim Veterans Preference
or provide supporting documentation may result in you not receiving
appropriate consideration during the assessment process.

Required supporting documentation **must** be electronically
uploaded or transferred from USAJOBS (uploaded).

All required supporting documentation MUST be received by the
Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on
the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Supporting
documentation for announcements with an **application limitation
MUST** be uploaded the same day you apply, as these positions may
close earlier than stated in the announcement.

Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please
contact the Consolidated Staffing Unit at the telephone number
listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement for the
alternate application procedure.

**Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line:**
DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
E-Mail: GRA-HRM/
Phone: 972-352-4200

### Agency contact information

### CSU

##### Phone


##### Email


##### Address

Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, Texas 75051
United States

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the application
process has been completed. Applicants will be notified via e-mail,
to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. The referral
certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the
selecting official for further consideration. The Human Resource
Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish. We
expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing
date of the announcement.

Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles may receive an
Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form)via e-mail, mail or a telephone
inquiry from the local Human Resource Department.

Applicants **MUST** complete the OF-5 form and return it to the
Human Resource Management Office or contact the Human Resource
Department telephonically or via e-mail.

Applicants **MUST** also telephone the Human Resource Department
during normal business hours to schedule an interview. Failure to
either return the form or contact the Human Resource Department will
result in a loss of consideration for the position.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System


Pekin, IL