Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 947269

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.  
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 the 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.

A 12.25% Cost of Living Allowance* (COLA) for Honolulu, Hawaii and a 6.24% Cost of Living Allowance* (COLA) for Kailua-Kona, Hawaii is in addition to the stated salary range.

*COLA is subject to change without notice.

NOTE:  This position is currently being announced under five different disciplines.  Only one applicant (one discipline) will be selected.  Please refer to the following Vacancy ID Numbers to apply under the corresponding disciplines: 947273 for Readjustment Counseling Therapists, 947269 for Clinical Psychologists, 947242 for Social Workers, 947270 for Marriage and Family Therapist and 947271 for Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor.


The incumbent serves as Supervisory Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader on the multidisciplinary team that is located in a community- based Vet Center that provides veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources; and provides community education regarding the problems and needs of the veteran. The Counseling and therapeutic services provided by the Vet Center range from routine to complex and include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, short and long term treatment with clients exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder, other psychiatric disorders and/or readjustment problems. The breadth of clients encountered and problems exhibited necessitates a variety of psychological, rehabilitation, social work, counseling and mental health techniques including, but not limited to individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling. The Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader’s primary responsibility is to provide clinical and administrative leadership, management and supervision of all Vet Center staff and to plan, develop, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate all treatment services of the Vet Center. The Clinical Psychologist /Team Leader must possess a high degree of clinical skill, including the unique skills needed to work with veterans and the significant others and to supervise and to provide consultation to professionals and paraprofessionals providing clinical services. In addition, the incumbent must possess the capability to perform administrative tasks required in the community-based office of a program with a unique administrative structure and a variety of formal and informal working relationships with a wide range of VA Facilities and community organizations. The Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader is solely responsible in the Center for supervising the broad range of psychological services to a large number of veterans, many of whom are acutely distressed. These services include intake assessment care formulation, treatment planning, crisis intervention and individual, couple. Family and group counseling. Furthermore, the Psychologist provides direct professional patient care; these services include psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological testing and disability evaluations as well as specialized forms of group counseling and psychotherapy. In these capacities, the psychologist provides a major resource for helping veterans with some of the primary problems facing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, personal emotional instability, family alienation and maladaptive behavior, marital discord, difficulties associated with the development of intimate relationships and problems maintaining satisfactory employment. The impact of the psychologists assistance in these areas mentioned above has broad implications for the health and successful development of the immediate family, children, the veteran himself. Marriages and the contribution which the veteran and his family members make to the society at large. The Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader has exclusive and independent responsibility in the center for providing psychological testing and evaluation and integrating these findings with the interdisciplinary staff of the Center in such a manner that the information contributes to the overall welfare and treatment of the client and his/her significant others. Additionally, she/he is the only Vet Center professional authorized to make formal diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The psychologist has responsibility for providing individual, group, family couples counseling and therapy both on an individual basis and as a contributing member of the interdisciplinary team. She/he has direct responsibility for supervising all direct professional services at the Vet Center and for communicating psychodiagnostic findings and psychotherapy implications and needs to multidisciplinary professional members of the Medical Center when Outreach Center clients require inpatient hospitalization or outpatient treatment at the Medical Center. The psychologist has the responsibility for evaluating all clients for state Labor, Industry, etc., disability claims, and making the appropriate referrals. The psychologist has responsibilities for providing professional liaison with Medical Center staff and programs closely involved with the treatment of veterans. In providing information which contributes to continuity of client care, the psychologist may perform direct, specialized psychological services for veterans in the Medical Center; the psychologist shares the responsibility for ensuring that all contracted services to veterans are provided in a professional, ethical and effective way. The psychologist is also responsible for sharing knowledge with the support facilities Psychology Service staff and for developing research and program evaluation pertinent to stress and veterans areas where scientific knowledge is needed. The position involves the provision of support and guidance to Vet Center staff and development of in-service training and educational procedures for staff self-development.