Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 962707

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.  

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.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. 

Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

EDRP Contact:

Carol Stewart, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Management (05), Marion, Illinois, (618) 997-5311, extension 54924.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.


The incumbent will be assigned to the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Behavioral Medicine Service, Marion VA Medical Center, Marion, IL.

The Psychologist will conduct and document psychiatric compensation and pension (C&P) evaluations for Veterans and military members in the process of separating from their service and who are seeking disability compensation due to mental health problems; in addition to providing an array of psychological assessment services to referred veterans.  The incumbent gathers relevant information from a range of different sources, including but not limited to Case Files (C-Files), Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical records, Veteran's self-report, behavioral observations and mental status examination, historical information collected from family members and other collateral sources, structured and unstructured clinical interviews and psychometric test results.  The psychologist will develop clinical and diagnostic impressions for Veterans, assesses occupational and social impairment, and provides a detailed report of the examination results following professional and VA guidelines.  Duties also include providing emergency/crisis interventions to outpatients experiencing psychological crises as a result of C&P Examinations; helps to stabilize these individuals, conducts initial triaging evaluation; assists in arrangements for transfer to the Emergency Room.

The work requires the ability to adapt to complex and changing clinical assessment service demands.  It also requires planning and conducting appropriate psychological assessment techniques, choosing the most appropriate methodologies from a large array of possibilities.  The incumbent identifies or develops and utilizes methods establishing and evaluating work effectiveness. 

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

This position may require early mornings, evenings and/or weekends and holidays.  Participation on the On Call rotation schedule to accommodate patient care needs during weekends, holidays, evenings, and nights is necessary.

This position is located in Behavioral Medicine Service.

Travel Required

  • Not Required