Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   888208 


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 Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota, where we are known for our blue skies, pine forests, rich history, moderate climate and friendly western hospitality.  The VA BHHCS provides primary, surgical, behavioral health, community living center (nursing home care) and domiciliary (residential  rehabilitation treatment program --RRTP) care for Veterans residing in western South Dakota and portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.  Care is delivered through the Fort Meade (near Sturgis) and Hot Springs VA medical Centers, as well as through a number of community-based outpatient and rural outreach clinics.  VA Black Hills is part of VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, 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 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.

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.



The primary assignment of the incumbent is to provide a full range of psycho-diagnostic services (including

assessment, integrative summaries and treatment planning) to veteran patients in Transitional Residences

(TR) located in Pine Ridge, Hot Springs, Rapid City, and Sturgis, SD. Performs evaluations for veterans

with PTSD, substance abuse disorders and related disorders. Provides clinical expertise to PTSD staff in

the PTSD program. Provides therapeutic interventions including group and individual psychotherapy,

behavioral interventions, psycho-educational classes and brief evidence-based treatments as they relate to

the missions of the relevant programs. Consults with staff on a wide variety of patient care issues and

program development and program evaluation issues. Participates in regularly scheduled service and

discipline-based meetings. Participates in the Psychology Internship Program, providing supervision to

interns. Contributes to the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements using data driven

quality assurance processes. Helps to ensure that programs meet all CARF and Joint Commission

requirements. Is responsible for timely and accurate completion of all clinical charting and documentation as




A Psychologist with a full and unrestricted license to practice independently,

at the full performance level of GS-13 is preferred.