Job Overview


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.  
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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.

In Indianapolis, it's so easy to do so much offering big-city amenities in a convenient, easy-to-navigate package wrapped in a friendly, inviting atmosphere.

The nation's 13th largest city has gone through a dramatic revitalization and a stunning renaissance that makes it a different place than it was just a decade ago. Indy is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan style and small-town charm that makes it a successful destination for leisure travel, conventions and group tours, catering to more than 21 million visitors a year.

As a VA Clinical Psychologist, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers 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: This position is open under multiple disciplines - Staff Physician, Staff Nurse,  Psychologist and  Social Worker.

NOTE: Tour of duty for this position is - Monday - Friday working 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

NOTE: Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Duties and Responsibilities of Chief of Psychiatry may include, but are not limited to:

The incumbent is ultimately responsible for the overall day to day functions in Mental Health. They will determine goals,priorities and direction for the Service and clinical operations and will be responsible for assigning duties to staff within Psychiatry Service. The incumbent will conduct regular meetings to keep staff abreast of all clinical business, policies, procedures, goals, priorities and directions. Working with the Psychiatry Service Administrative Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the development of position descriptions and competencies for the direct report staff, along with the development and completion of performance standards and appraisals. The incumbent will address grievances,apply disciplinary policies and nominate incentive awards in all matters concerning Psychiatry Service staff members.

· The Chief of Psychiatry is responsible for the clinical operations and administrative functions of the inpatient psychiatry unit and outpatient programs and is responsible for the overall day to day functions in Mental Health.

· The Chief of Psychiatry directly supervises the clinical Section Chiefs, in addition to staff in the Office of the Chief. The incumbent is responsible for all Psychiatry Service staff.

· The incumbent is responsible for participation the promotion and oversight of appropriate performance improvement and systems redesign activities and advancing the principles of access and timeliness of care.

· Responsibility for meeting all clinical performance measures and monitors relating to Psychiatry Service and assisting the medical center when possible in meeting all others.

· Collaborate with Medical Center leadership in identifying strategic opportunities and initiatives.

· Serveas the primary liaison for common interests between the VA and Indiana University School of Medicine, and specifically the Department of Psychiatry and its Subspecialty Divisions.

· The Chief of Psychiatry is expected to have sufficient expertise and experience to function independently except on very unusual occasions, and is anticipated to primarily serve as a supervisor to others.