Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 948927

Staff Psychologist, GS-180-13

Syracuse, NY Vet Center

Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect & Excellence


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?

This position will be filled with a Psychologist948927, Readjustment Counseling Therapist Vacancy ID 948927 or a Social Worker Vacancy ID 948413. Please go to the announcement that you are qualified for to complete the application process.

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

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


The Staff Psychologist position is located at a Vet Center, which is part of the Readjustment Counseling Service, 10RCS.RCS is an outreach program that provides services in the community.  The Vet Center Psychologist is responsible for providing professional clinical services to eligible veterans and family members. The incumbent also provides professional crisis intervention, outreach and community education services as needed. The incumbent establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships and exercises professional judgment in the treatment of Vet Center clients.

  • Incumbent functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team providing the full range of readjustment counseling services.
  • The psychologist has full professional responsibility for the psychological treatment of the complex clinical cases. He/she is responsible for the assessment and treatment of complex cases, to include PTSD.
  • The Psychologist provides clinical consultation to other clinicians on the team, as necessary, and if instructed by the Team Leader or the Regional Manager’s Office.
  • The incumbent provides at least 50% direct service time as a Psychologist to Vet Center clients and their families. The work is comprised of providing clinical services consistent with accepted standards of ethical and professional mental health treatment.
  • The incumbent is required to exercise judgment in the selection of and/or adaptation of standard and accepted psychological theories, techniques and practices in treating clients or in developing new techniques and programs for the treatment of specialized problems or clinical populations.
  • Some RCS outreach program activities, such as weekend Demobilization and Yellow Ribbon events, may take place in locations requiring travel. For that purpose, staff members are expected to utilize the Vet Center GSA vehicle whenever possible and must maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.