Department of State
The Diplomatic Security Support Program (DSSP) under the Directorate for Mental Health Programs, Bureau of Medical Services (MED), is responsible for providing mental health related support and services to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS). This includes providing forensic mental health evaluations of Foreign Service employees, consultation to senior leadership within DS, acting as liaison between DS and MHS, and in the provision of other mental health related support services as requested by DS.
The incumbent serves as the Supervisor of DSSP, functioning as the program manager for all forensic services for Foreign and Civil Service employees and eligible family members of the Department of State, and the Agency for International Development. S/he is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, controlling and refining all services rendered within the DSSP. The position reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Mental Health.
The Department reserves the right to terminate a conditional offer of employment if the individual does not receive a security clearance within 6 months from the date of the tentative offer letter.
This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).
Is the overall responsible for the management and oversight of all forensic psychological program for the Bureau of Medical Services (MED).
Establishes clinical protocols and policies and establishing and maintaining ongoing quality improvement programs which ensure the highest levels of forensic services.
Acts as the liaison between the Bureau of Medical Services and Diplomatic Security (DS) regarding matters pertaining to mental health support.
Develops plans and policies for the Department's worldwide network of Foreign Service Medical Providers on all matters regarding neuropsychiatric medical conditions impacting security clearances.
As the Department's subject matter expert in forensic psychological evaluations, the employee advises, the Medical Director, senior Human Resources, DS, and appropriate bureau management on all matters having to do with clearance procedures and strategy and their impact on staffing and deployment.
Serves as a regular faculty member of the DS Training Center and teaches courses as assigned regarding topics of forensic mental health and the behavioral sciences.
Occasional travel - TDY domestically and posts overseas.
Who May Apply
This job is open to...
Status Candidates, Noncompetitive, Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility, VEOA, Individuals with Disabilities, Military Spouses, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Vista, Eligible Family Member, ICTAP, and CTAP.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
One year probationary period, unless excepted by
New supervisors must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret
Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the in order to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants MUST meet the required basic entry qualification requirements described below:
Have an undergraduate or graduate level degree with a major or equivalent in psychology AND
have satisfactory completed all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) from an accredited college or university directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.
All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. IN ADDITION
to meeting the basic entry qualifications requirements listed above, applicants applying for the GS-15 grade level MUST have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service.
Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following
Advanced clinical experience and the ability to perform full clinical, forensic, neuropsychological and fit for duty evaluations
Significant experience in the administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests measuring personality traits, behavioral characteristics, and cognitive functioning
Experience assessing individuals for suitability; assessment of/intervention with individuals deployed to high-risk security posts on behalf of the USG
Supervisory training and experience.
All applicants WILL BE required to submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. You MUST (1) submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application, and if selected, an official college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment; (2) transcripts MUST be legible AND include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, and number of credits earned; (3) if you attended more than 1 college you MUST submit a transcript from each institution if you wish your education to be considered in qualifying you for this position; (4) all college coursework that may be pertinent to qualifying you for the position MUST be included on the transcripts. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
Applicants MUST possess/submit a copy of an ACTIVE independent unrestricted license to practice as a Psychologist in a State within the USA or one of its territories.
In addition, applicant's experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities:
Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others;
Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;
Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and
Capacity to see the job through.
Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.
Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.
See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.
For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or ReasonableAccommodations@state.gov.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
Knowledge of psychological principles, theories, concepts and practices related to mental health illness.
Ability to communicate orally.
Ability to supervise
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to evaluate and analyze medical information.
Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.
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Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated Well Qualified for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for special priority.
If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.
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Background checks and security clearance
All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system Gateway to State by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.
2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system Gateway to State.
3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.
4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.
5. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.
6. Current, former, and non-competitive Federal employees must submit SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) that show: effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, and name of agency. Examples include promotion & within-grade increase actions. Award SF-50s often do not show this information. Multiple SF-50s may be needed to show all information.
7. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this job announcement.
Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.
If you are applying as a preference eligible with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference, .
To gain access to your DD-214 online, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html. For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the .
8. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:
9. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application. For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp
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 .
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.
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. .
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
Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process.
To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS. This information will be transferred to the Department of State's Gateway to State Automated Application System.
You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
Select the Apply On-line button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable). Cover letter is optional. If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume. Please see the How You Will Be Evaluated section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
Answer the job-specific self-assessment questions on-line through the Gateway to State automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications and experience for this job opportunity.
Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the Department's automated application system Gateway to State prior to the closing date of this announcement. For instructions on how to view the status of your supporting documentation, please click .
Technical assistance with your on-line application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET
ALTERNATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES
If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax. Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement. The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.
Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Agency contact information
U.S. Department of State
2401 E Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia
After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. After we review and evaluate all applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration for possible interviews in approximately two weeks after the announcement closes. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability review and/or security background investigation, which generally take an average of at least two to six months.
You will be notified up to four times during the hiring process:
1. Upon receipt of your application.
2. Upon minimum qualification determinations.
3. After the certificate is issued.
4. After final selection is made.
For instructions on how to view the status of your application, please click
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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 applicants
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 and hiring process 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.
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