Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 879325

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.


PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.


The Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in this position will provide Case Management and Mental Health services to Veterans at the Marion, Illinois VA Medical Center and the surrounding Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), that are currently homeless or in jeopardy of becoming homeless.  Additionally, the incumbent assists with the VA Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) initiative with the goal of avoiding the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans.  This is accomplished by ensuring the eligible justice-involved Veterans have timely access to VHA mental health and substance abuse services when clinically indicated and other VA services and benefits as appropriate.  The Marriage and Family Therapist coordinates care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery and providing clinical assessment and treatment including individual, group or family therapy, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of linkages to other VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran.  This is accomplished with other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

This position may require early mornings, evenings and/or weekends and holidays.  Participation on the On Call rotation schedule to accommodate patient care needs during weekends, holidays, evenings and nights is necessary.

Position is located in Behavioral Medicine Service.

This vacancy may be filled by MRN-HA-13-878577 (Social Worker), MRN-HA-13-879128 (Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor) or MRN-HA-13-879325 (Marriage & Family Therapist).