Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 947132947132

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?

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. 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.

Area of Consideration: First area of consideration will be given to AFGE bargaining unit employees at the Topeka VAMC. Second area of consideration will be given to additional EKHCS employees. Third area of consideration will be given to the public (US citizens and US nationals).

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 VA Eastern Kansas Health Care system (EKHCS) is a tertiary care health system providing Urgent Care, Inpatient and Outpatient Care, Research, Domiciliary Care, Nursing Home Care, and Geriatric Care to a 45-county primary service area which spans throughout Northeastern and Central Kansas and Missouri. EKHCS consists of two divisions: the Colmery-O'Neil Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, located in Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as multiple Community Based Outpatient Clinics across the service area. This health care system includes a tertiary psychiatric facility and one of the largest Substance Use Disorder (SUD) clinics nationally and the largest in VISN 15.

This vacancy announcement is for one (1) position with the Behavioral Health Service of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System and will be stationed at the Topeka campus. In this role, you will function as a Staff Psychologist in the Mental Health Clinic.

Major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Functioning as a member of a multidisciplinary team serving male and female veterans with a wide range of age and psychological disorders as outpatients in the Mental Health Clinic (MHC) and inpatients in Acute Psychiatry.
  • Providing diagnostic services, including outpatient initial admission assessments and group and individual psychological assessments (personality, cognitive functioning, and intellectual functioning).
  • Providing a full range of therapeutic interventions, especially evidence-based psychotherapies.
  • Performing compensation and pension evaluations for adult veterans of all ages and genders.

Expected Work Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00pm - 4:30pm and Wednesdays 10:30am - 7:00pm