Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 914729 (Include # on all documents)


The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program. (VHA Directive 1020 and VHA Handbook 1020.1 & 1020.2)

Recruitment incentive is negotiable.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.     

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health support staff 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 transition 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").

America's Veterans need you!

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Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more



The incumbent is assigned to Mental Health Service and will function as a Behavioral Health Specialist. The primary job function of the psychologist will be to work within a Behavioral Health Program (BHP) in Primary Care to assist in the delivery evidence-based care for primary care patients identified with a variety of emotional and psychiatric problems. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Completing appropriate assessments, making brief intervention, monitoring patient progress, providing education and support, influences patient adherence to medical treatment recommendations by providing timely feedback to primary care physicians and collaboratively making appropriate care decisions. The psychologist provides a full range of psychological assessment service and diagnoses of mental disorders to include problem drinking and other addictive disorders and provides consultation to professional staff within the medical center and to community providers.. Provides education to staff, which includes classroom instruction.

Preferred experience:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Experience is post-doctoral clinical experience.

Experience in Chemical Dependency Treatment programs.