Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 887277.  Please include on all uploaded documents and refer to this number when making inquiries.

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.

The VA Medical Center of Salem, Virginia is located adjacent to Roanoke which has natural beauty and many summit features such as: the Roanoke Star and its overlook of the Roanoke Valley, the Mill Mountain Zoo, and many outdoor pursuits such as the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway which run through this area.

The Salem VAMC offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on employment opportunities and benefits, please visit our website at:

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply:  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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services.  Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities.  For more information, go to:


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 a 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.

Salary Ranges:

  • GS-11:  $57,408 - $74,628
  • GS-12:  $68,809 - $89,450
  • GS-13:  $81,823 - $106,369

Work Schedule:  7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Position Title, series & grade: Psychologist GS-0180-11/12/13

Promotion Potential:  If position has promotion potential, the selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


This position serves as a member of the medical center's multidisciplinary Center for Traumatic Stress (CTS).  The position includes work with veterans returning from OEF/PIF regardless of diagnosis, combat veterans with PTSD, and males and females who have experienced military sexual trauma.  Clinical training is an integral part of this position.  The psychologist provides supervision for pre-doctoral interns and may also provide supervision for postdoctoral fellows and summer practicum students.  This position is also expected to carry out an ongoing program of clinical research.

  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment and uses the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care.
  • Performs evaluations for wide array of patients representing diverse diagnostic entities.
  • Provides a full range of therapeutic interventions.
  • Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.
  • May be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.