Job Overview

Summary

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

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.  

Psychologist; GS-0180; 1 vacancy; Mobile, AL

Announcement Number:  520-BG-13-913454-932618

Open Date:  06/21/13      Close Date:  07/12/13

**THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS ALSO ANNOUNCED AS A SOCIAL WORKER.  VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 520-BG-13-913511-932612.  IT MAY BE FILLED BY EITHER DISCIPLINE.**

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).


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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties

The psychologist has the responsibility for the evaluation and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for the Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center.  The function of the psychologist is to be the recognized expert within the community on the assessment and treatment of PTSD.  The incumbent conducts individual, group, and/or famil psychotherapy and will assess clients in crisis for suicidal or other violent and destructive behavior.  Incumbent must have ability to intervene with clients in psychological crisis.  Incumbent serves as a consultant and advisor to other professional staff on the treatment of clients with complex clinical problems, such as PTSD and physically disabled veterans with severe emotional or family problems.  He/she will conduct outreach activites in the community to identify and contact eligible veterans. 

TOUR OF DUTY: Monday thru Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm; some nights and weekends may be required