Job Overview

Summary

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS  

                                      

Clinical Psychologist (Acute Psychologist), GS-0180

Monday thru Friday  (8:00am - 4:30pm); Grade to be determined by the Professional Standards Board. 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:  520-BG-13-879166-873529

Open Date:  04/19/2013     Close Date:  05/09/2013

 

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?

 

Psychology Service, VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, has an outstanding team of providers, with full medical staff membership status and associated benefits.   Psychology Service is also fully integrated into the leadership of the health care system, and provides administrative oversight into psychological/neuropsychological/vocational services, as well as EAP and all system research administration.

 

As a VA professional Clinical Psychologist, 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

 

 

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

 

 

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Duties

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of is GS-11 to GS-13.  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.

The incumbent deals with extremely complex diagnostic and therapeutic questions involving patient care.  The incumbent must recognize deficits and problems which may be encountered in a diverse patient population with varying and complex medical and/or psychological problems in achieving satisfactory psychological adjustment.  The ultimate psychological rehabilitation of patients depends upon the functions of this position. 

The Psychologist functions as an integral key member of the multidisciplinary inpatient psychiatric team and provides individual and group psychotherapy for our most vulnerable high risk Veterans.  Finally, the incumbent ensures that all Healthcare System patients referred for psychological evaluation and/or treatment are provided appropriate services in a comprehensive, unified manner, and on a timely basis. 

The Psychologist functions as an integral key memeber of the multidisciplinary inpatient psychiatric team and provides individual and group psychotherapy for our most vulnerable high risk Veterans. 

Relocation Expenses and Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

Note: This position's initial duty station is Biloxi, Mississippi; however the duty station, based upon the needs of the health care system, may require the individual to work from other facilities (e.g., Mobile Outpatient Clinic, Alabama; Eglin Outpatient Clinic, Florida; Joint Ambulatory Care Center Pensacola, Florida; and Panama City Outpatient Clinics, Florida).