Naval Base, Virginia
May 12, 2022
May 20, 2022
Full Time

  • You will utilize diverse and complex therapeutic techniques, or combinations of techniques, based on the specific needs of the patient.
  • You will exercise full professional responsibility and individual accountability for his/her findings, interpretations, decisions, recommendations and reports.
  • You will assess and provide crisis intervention for individuals with complex behavioral health conditions and problems to include acute and chronic dangerousness.
  • You will provide individual, and/or group psychological counseling utilizing a variety of treatment modalities for adult patients.
  • You will screen and interview patients, and perform bio-psychological social evaluations, using mastery professional knowledge of general and specific concepts, principles, procedures, and practices relating to psychological counseling.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per the preliminary nationwide injunction on E.O. 14043, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be implemented or enforced. For more information on vaccine status and workplace safety protocol requirements see Additional Information below.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final Secret security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • Physical required for embarkation aboard U.S. Naval vessels (USFFC/CPF Form 6320.1)
  • There may be times when the employee?s skills may be necessary to cover absences or augment staff in other related areas for which the Psychologist is qualified to work.
  • The Psychologist is also required to travel, as much as 10% of the time, within CONUS. Travel may utilize any mode of commercial transportation (air, rail, POV, etc.) as well as government-operated or government-chartered carriers.
  • Overtime, compensatory time and/or shift time may be required.
  • Must hold a current, unrestricted license to practice psychology in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands.
  • Exposed health care employees who have direct contact with patients will receive appropriate immunization against communicable diseases unless a current immunization, a proactive titer, or a medical exemption is documented.
  • The incumbent must, as a condition of employment, be immunized on an annual basis against influenza. Refer to local command influenza instruction.
  • You will be required to meet any applicable credentialing or privileging requirements prior to appointment
  • A valid doctoral degree (PhD or Psy D) in clinical or counseling psychology from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral program or completion an APA accredited internship/postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or fail the test. You will be subject to random testing.


In addition to the Basic Requirements for this position, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Providing counseling services to clients with difficulty and complex problems of misuse or abuse of alcohol, illicit substances and non-substance related addictive behaviors.
  • Working in outpatient and/or inpatient mental health settings.
  • Administering, interpreting, and providing complete substance abuse and psychological assessments of patients for diagnosis and the development of quality treatment plans.
  • Providing psychotherapy, marital and family therapy.
  • Providing training in screening, assessment, diagnosis and treatment to Substance Abuse Counselor Interns and Certified Substance Abuse Counselors.
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 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.


Applicants must meet the following positive education qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual: Applicants must possess

Basic Requirements

Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below: (Transcripts must be provided)
  • Clinical psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.
  • Counseling psychology: For positions at grades GS-9 and above, satisfactory completion of 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required.

Additional information

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Several vacancies may be filled.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.

This position is subject to work an uncommon tour, including nights, weekends, and holidays to meet mission requirements. Overtime or night differential pay and/or unusual duty hours may be required.

This position is eligible for part time, full time or ad-hoc telework at the discretion of management.

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