Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 945059

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

NOTE: This position may be located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, Santa Rosa Outpatient Clinic or Ukiah Outpatient Clinic depending upon who is selected.  Salary will be determined based on location and qualifications.

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 professionals 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").

America's Veterans need you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.



The Suicide Prevention Psychologist (SPP) is located at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (or the nearest VA Outpatient Clinic) within the Mental Health Service and serves to facilitate suicide prevention strategies at the local level through education, monitoring, and coordination activities.  This position’s primary responsibilities are the development, coordination, and implementation of novel programs related to reducing access to lethal means (e.g., firearms, medication) as a suicide prevention strategy. These responsibilities include the development of clinical interventions, educational opportunities, and outreach activities aimed to promote means reduction efforts.

In addition, the SPP identifies veterans at risk for suicide, tracks adherence with treatment, coordinates care, and performs clinical interventions.  The SPP educates medical and mental health providers, veterans, families, and members of the community about risk factors and warning signs for suicide and treatment options. The psychologist applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting.  He/she has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The psychologist is directly responsible to the Suicide Prevention Coordinator.  

Note – At the GS-13 level, the incumbent may hold a faculty appointment at the University of California, San Francisco.

Work Schedule:  Full-time, Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.