Clinical Psychologist (EAS)

National Security Agency - Fort Meade, MD

NSA Overview

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

The Human Resources Group, specifically Employee Assistance Services (EAS), is seeking several Clinical Psychologists.

The Clinical Psychologist selected by Employee Assistance Services will support the NSA mission by providing psychological treatment for civilians, military service members and their spouses, as well as conducting workplace consultations when supporting leadership with managerial issues. The clinical psychologist will perform clinical intake assessments, followed by brief therapy (8-10 sessions), within individual, couples or group modalities. On-call and emergency response is required to address employees who are at risk of harm to themselves or others. Psychoeducational classes on topics such as depression, stress reduction, suicide awareness and prevention, and deployment are included in the scope of work. Workplace consultations will focus on identifying and mitigating individual and organizational issues as well as consultation and training for operational personnel. All clinical documentation will include diagnosis and use of the SOAP format and the development of treatment plans. Participate in clinical presentations and peer review meetings with on-site clinicians. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with at least 3 years of experience (experience may include internship). A valid current license to practice psychology in any state or territory with no pending adverse actions (e.g. suspensions, restrictions or revocations) is required.

The ideal Clinical Psychologist candidate will possess a knowledge of the principles, theories and accepted practices of Clinical Psychology as they relate to knowledge and skills to (a) assess and provide therapeutic intervention in a short-term model for employees and affiliates; (b) identify, prevent and solve individual and organizational adjustment problems; (c) provide psychological consultation and training to operational personnel; and (d) optimize work/life balance for individuals and organizations. Utilize a holistic, and culturally competent approach to assessment, treatment, and prevention services.

The clinician shall perform, but not be limited to, the following clinical assessments of Agency employees, military service members and their spouses, to include:
  • reviewing intake data and other pertinent information,
  • conducting a clinical interview/assessment,
  • determining diagnosis based on DSM 5 criteria
  • documenting all case contacts in SOAP format within five working days,
  • developing a treatment plan
  • documentation of clinical assessment
The clinician shall perform brief therapy to include:
  • short term therapeutic intervention (10 or fewer sessions),
  • documentation of therapy
  • time-limited group therapy to address issues such as depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships, and work related issues
  • when indicated, referral to outside mental health providers, support groups, social services, etc.
  • follow-up with client and referral sources to ensure that needs are met
  • attendance at clinical case review meetings with the other EAS psychologists
  • develop and conduct psychoeducational offerings on mental health-related topics for Agency employees
  • participate in the EAS peer review program.
Meet all requirements established by the Occupational Health Services Credentials Committee to obtain and maintain privileges to conduct psychological assessments. In order to complete a preliminary review of requirements for credentialing and privileging by the Occupational Health Services Credentials Committee, the employee shall furnish a completed National Practitioner Data Bank Information Sheet and Malpractice and Privileges Questionnaire. The selected individual(s) would subsequently have to provide the additional documents listed in Credentials and Privileging Checklist for Psychologists, plus the Acknowledgement of and Consent to Terms of Applicant for Clinical Privileges, and Authorization for Release of Information.
All professional services will be provided at the offices of the Employee Assistance Services.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

Position Summary
The Office of Occupational Health Environmental and Safety Services (OHESS) known as the NSA Medical Center, supports the mission by applying professional knowledge in Occupational Health, Environmental, Industrial Hygiene and Safety operating in accordance with all governing body regulations. OHESS personnel will provide clinical services, including emergency response, physical exams, immunizations, vision and preventative health screenings. Personnel will also provide technical, managerial, and administrative services to the entire workforce. Promoting, assessing and optimizing the health and safety of the NSA workforce and workplace is always priority.

Mandatory Qualification Reqs

Salary Range: $99,172 - $152,352 (Senior)

  • The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.
Entry is with a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience (to include APA-accredited internship).

Degree must be in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.

Relevant experience must be in clinical psychology, and may also include performing psychology-related work (internships count against this requirement). A valid license to practice psychology in any state or territory is required.

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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.