Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 912855

WHO WE ARE: 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.

MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." –Abraham Lincoln

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities 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. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

As one of the most modern health care facilities in the country, the Baltimore VA Medical Center offers veterans state-of-the-art medical technology, clinical services and research programs. The medical center is home to the world’s first filmless radiology department, which allows health care providers to have nearly instant access to patient radiology images from anywhere in the facility and throughout the health care system. The medical center’s "patient friendly" design features plant-filled atriums, natural light from overhead skylights and comfortable patient rooms and waiting areas.

The Baltimore VA Medical Center is located in a vibrant city, neighbors the campus of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and is within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens), Lexington Market and the Inner Harbor.

Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

5. A premium benefits package

4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3. Work where you want to live

2. On-the-job growth and advancement

1. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to http://www.va.gov/for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duties

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 through GS-13 [PLEASE NOTE: the MHCC Service is highly interested in applicants who meet the basic requirements and specialized experience for this position at the GS-13 level]. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.

TOUR OF DUTY: This is a full-time position; 8:00am-4:30pm. Evening, early morning and weekend hours may be needed at times to meet Veteran patient care needs and maximize access.

PRIMARY DUTY LOCATION: Baltimore VA Medical Center. Occasional travel between VAMHCS facilities may be required to optimize patient care and coordinate services among sites.

INCENTIVES: Relocation expenses, recruitment/relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.

This position is assigned to the Mental Health Clinical Center (MHCC), VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS). The incumbent will serve as a Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Baltimore VA Medical Center of our multi-site Health Care System with the primary responsibilities of providing 1) Compensation and Pension (C&P) evaluations (for 12-18 months) and 2) General Neuropsychological evaluations and treatment. The incumbent will provide Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams for both general Mental Health and Neuropsychology for .60 FTE, as well as Clinical Neuropsychology consultations for .40 FTE for a time limited period subsequent to which s/he will become full-time Neuropsychology staff (1.0FTE). Due to the nature of the position, the incumbent should be licensed, in order to complete C&P exams and authorize signatures without close supervision.  The incumbent will draw on an extensive knowledge base to make appropriate diagnoses, assess the level of functioning, and evaluate the claimed conditions' relationship to the Veteran's active military service. The incumbent will also provide opinions relating to service connected benefits, receive cases on appeal and respond to referrals in a timely manner.

Neuropsychology consultations will be conducted primarily on an outpatient basis but a portion of patients will be inpatient status. Some consults may be performed in a Telehealth format for patients from VAMC Martinsburg. The incumbent will assess Veterans presenting with a wide variety of general mental health symptoms and neuropsychological symptoms. Consultations will be conducted, completed and documented in timely manner. Patient Duties will include, but will not be limited to: Provision of outpatient/inpatient neuropsychological assessment to Veterans referred to a general consultation liaison clinic; provision of cognitive rehabilitation therapy to Veterans in individual and group formats; provision of feedback regarding assessment results to patients, families, and care providers. The incumbent may also serve as the Neuropsychology attending for the Geriatric Assessment Clinic or other interdisciplinary clinics (e.g., Neurology); s/he may work in close collaboration with providers in Neurology, Geriatrics, and Mental Health; and provide consultation with medical center staff on patient care issues, especially those related to cognitive status. The incumbent may develop relationships with community organizations (e.g., Alzheimer’s Association, Brain Injury Association) to help provide support to patients and families following diagnosis. The incumbent will perform other duties as requested or assigned; including Employee Assistance Program counseling, and possible VA police assessments when trained to do so.