Counseling Psychologist

Washington D.C.
Apr 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Infrequent travel

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or national
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation
  • Selectee must be able to meet/maintain suitability & security requirements
  • Completion of one year probationary period may be required
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959
  • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement
  • Selective Placement Factor: Applicants for this position must possess a District of Columbia license as a professional counselor or psychologist.

    You must meet all qualifications requirement BEFORE the closing date of this announcement.

    Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band, equivalent to the PE-I, PT-I, or GS-11 level in the federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as one year of post-graduate, post-licensure experience providing individual and couples psychotherapy conducting client intake assessments, managing cases, providing crisis intervention, and locating mental health referrals.

    NOTE: Positions in GAO are covered under the agency’s performance based compensation system, which is pay banded. This position is classified as a PT-0180, Band II, which is equivalent to the GS-12/13 level in the federal government.

    Applicants must have 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.

    • Based on staffing needs, additional positions may be filled from the vacancy announcement.
    • This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.
    • Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid.
    • Selectee may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement. (if applicable)
    • Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit
    • Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.
    • If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.
    • The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
    • The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

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

    The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any assessment question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."

    All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

    • Professional knowledge of psychological theories, practices, principles and ethics used to provide counseling and guidance to GAO employees who may be experiencing situational and/or psychological disturbances impairing work performance and well-being and to managers of such employees.
    • Knowledge of and skill in administering and interpreting personality and career interest assessments to assist clients in developing greater self-understanding and in making informed life choices.
    • Ability to effectively apply skilled expertise in several areas of counseling psychology to include emotional, educational, multicultural, group, and career counseling.
    • Ability to deliver a full range of employee counseling and management consultation services to include group dynamics and methods of facilitating improved group functioning.
    • Knowledge of GAO policies, procedures, objectives, and practices pertaining to the provision of counseling, assessment, management consultation, and related employee assistance services.
    • Thorough knowledge of other related professional services and activities available within the GAO or in the community which may serve as referral sources for GAO employees in their efforts to enhance job performance.
    • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with individual work teams and to assess and deliver interventions, programs, and services designed to address their specific needs.
    • Skill in communicating clearly and effectively in oral and written form demonstrating interpersonal competence and utilizing virtual technology methods to deliver briefings, workshops, project papers, status/staff reports, and correspondence.
    Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans’ preference please visit

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