Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 884424 

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.


MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." –Abraham Lincoln


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.


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. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.


The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.


The Perry Point VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful campus of approximately 400 acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay where patients can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, bicycling and jogging. Plus, there is ample, free parking on the grounds.


Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

1.    A premium benefits package

2.    A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3.    Work where you want to live

4.    On-the-job growth and advancement

5.    To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve


Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.



The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 through GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.


NOTIFICATION OF CONCURRENT VACANCIES: Please be advised; this is a multidisciplinary position. This position may also be filled as a Social Worker.

TOUR OF DUTY: This is a full-time position; 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Please note: Clinical services must be offered at least one evening per week, with the possibly of additional evening or early morning hours or weekend hours, depending on patient care needs and access to care.

PRIMARY DUTY LOCATION: Perry Point VA Medical Center. Travel may be needed at times to improve Veteran access to care.

INCENTIVES: Relocation Expenses are not authorized for this position. Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized for this position.

This position is assigned to the Mental Health Clinical Center (MHCC), VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), and serves as a Staff Psychologist, Substance Use Disorder Specialist providing addiction recovery services for Veterans in the Substance Abuse Residential Recovery Treatment Program (SARRTP). The incumbent will provide patient screening and evaluation at the Perry Point campus of our multi-site Health Care System, including: referrals, clinical counseling and all evidence based psychotherapeutic procedures, staff duties, follow-up care, treatment plans, performance measures and clinical reminders for Veterans suffering from addictive and related disorders including dually diagnosed Veterans. S/he will also assess and treat substance use/addictive disorders, psychodiagnosis, evidence based individual, group, marital, and family psychotherapy, development and updating individual treatment plans, team support and consultation, setting of treatment goals, patient screening and evaluations; which may also include MHARC (Mental Health and Referral Clinic), follow-up care, performance measures and clinical reminders. S/he will serve as a consultant to others needing guidance and direction in the management of complex, difficult patient care cases, especially involving substance use disorders in residential and other settings.

The incumbent may participate in developing and maintaining an effective relationship with multiple community-based and multiple VA-based treatment facilities within reasonable geographic distance in order to fully develop and implement a referral and aftercare for addictions. Administratively, the incumbent will be responsible for all routine and special addictions recovery reports, as needed, to local and national monitoring agencies (e.g. NEPEC, NIMH), monitoring and improving program performance on national VA measures, and all addictions quality improvement activities. The incumbent may provide training to Residential/Outpatient staff in evidenced based treatment methods and best practices for the treatment populations served. The incumbent may perform other duties as requested or assigned.