Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 887282.  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-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.

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

Position Title, series & grade: Psychologist - Coordinator, Chronic Pain Treatment Program GS-0180-13

Promotion Potential: GS-13


As Coordinator for the medical center's Chronic Pain Treatment Program, this position is responsible for program development, implementation, and oversight.  The position provides administrative and programmatic leadership for all program elements, and assists in coordinating the interdisciplinary pain treatment program.  In addition, this position provides direct clinical services to Veterans experiencing chronic pain and related problems, carries out an ongoing program of clinical research, and provides teaching and training experiences to students, trainees, interns, fellows, and residents.  This position is expected to function in an independent manner, to take full responsibility for the assigned functions, and to be held accountable for the obtained results.