Job Overview

Summary

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 910675

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.  

This position is with the Kansas City VA Medical Center Compensation and Pension (C&P) Evaluation Unit.  This position will be physically located at one of our satellite clinics in Excelsior Springs, MO.  The C&P Unit performs disability evaluations for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).  VBA adjudicates claims that are filed by veterans for service connected disabilities.  This position will provide mental health evaluations in accordance with VBA guidelines to assist in the process for adjudicating disability claims for mental health and  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-related diagnoses.

Permanent VA employees will receive first consideration when filling this position vacancy. 

 

Appointment is contingent upon applicant meeting the qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board.

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-12 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.

Panel interviews may be conducted.  If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.  For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website at http://www.va.gov/pbi

 

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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation incentives and travel expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

Duties

Serves as a staff Clinical Psychologist in Health Administration, Management and Revenue (HAMR) Service Line assigned primarily to the Compensation and Pension (C&P) clinic to perform examinations focused on mental health and PTSD service related diagnoses.

 

Has primary responsibility for providing psychological assessments for Compensation and Pension related claims.  This primarily involves the assessment of mental health or PTSD related diagnoses.  Based on the needs of the hospital, additional services may also involve counseling/psychotherapy and other types of evaluations.  He/she may also serve as consultant to other medical units, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, nurses, social workers, etc. in the area of behavioral and mental health.

 

Participates in the professional activities of the Medical Center at the direction or approval of the Chief of HAMR.  These activities may include, but are not necessarily limited to:  administrative committees, peer review and quality assurance/improvement activities of his/her own work and that of other staff, continuing education, training, research, and treatment/program evaluation.