Psychologist (Organizational Development)

Department Of Veterans Affairs Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 1 week ago

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This position is organizationally located under the Office of the Medical Center Director, reporting directly to the Medical Center Director at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL.


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This position serves as a resource to the Executive Leadership team, Service Chiefs and Medical Center employees as an organizational development practitioner who is an expert in the development, implementation, application and evaluation of systems in the areas of organizational development, work climate, learning, employee development, succession planning, workplace assessment, leadership development and strategic human resources management.

Duties Include:

  • Offers process consultation, task facilitation, action inquiry, coaching, mentoring, conflict resolution, team building and management consultation to both the clinical and administrative units which is directed at improving the organizational culture, performance and health.

  • Partners with executive leadership to accelerate strategy implementation and change by means of the analysis and evaluation of the meaning and outcomes of national, VISN and/or local data collection efforts regarding employee or customer satisfaction with organizational outcomes.

  • Serves as authoritative source and principal advisor in the area of organizational development psychology.

  • Works in the areas of competency modeling and assessment, organizational development and cultural transformation, report and statistical interpretation, communications strategy and planning, instructional systems design and implementation, program evaluation and training and development.

  • Works in the management and administration of organization development and continuous assessment.

  • Develops coaching and mentoring methods to assess and facilitate candidates' readiness for executive leadership,

  • Develops methods for measuring and assessing experience, performance-based recruitment and interviewing, employment references, employee attitudes, etc.

  • Serves as a consultant to the Medical Center Executive Leadership team and Service Chiefs regarding the appropriate methods for gathering data to be applied in organization planning, recruitment, selection, development and full utilization of staff.

  • Researches and/or analyzes organizational problems based on psychological theory or program requirements.

  • Conceives and implements new initiatives and projects to strengthen, facilitate and integrate organizational effectiveness.

  • Develops project plans, establishes measurement methods, monitors progress and evaluates results.

  • Provides interventions with staff and groups in distress and provide senior leadership with suggestions about cultural change initiatives, such as coaching skills, which may result in improvements in employee work settings.

  • Oversight of the annual mandated surveys by coordinating, marketing and assisting supervisors in mapping/performing all pre-survey requirements.

  • Develops ongoing training initiatives by ensuring implementation of the program for the facility including marketing, assessment of interested groups, meeting with supervisors, etc.

  • Provides continuous facility/workgroup assessment by completing assessments of workgroups that experience work-environment issues.

  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30 PM.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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 may be required

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

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

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


Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:The following are the basic requirements and qualifications for appointment as a Psychologist.

  • United States Citizenship
  • Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement
  • Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Education Requirement
  • You must 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. OR, have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting both of the following conditions: a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and b) the specialty in which you were retrained is consistent with the assignment you are am applying for; OR, have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.
  • Internship Requirement
  • You must 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; OR, 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; OR, 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; OR, 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). NOTE: 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.
  • Licensure: Candidates must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Grade Level Determination GS-13: In addition to the basic requirement above, candidates must have the following experience and demonstrate the required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as per the below.

Specialized Experience: At least 2 years of post-doctoral degree experience in psychology, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-12 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. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice:

1.Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a full range of patient populations.

2.Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

3.Knowledge of clinical research literature.

References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standards, dated February 7, 2018. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may occur at times.

Work Environment: Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate-controlled office.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Psychologist (Organizational Development)

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