Job Overview


Term Appointment 13 months (May be extended up to 4 years)


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 974564

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?

The VA Maine Healthcare System is seeking a Psychologist to provide professional clinical  services to patients and their family members at the Veteran's Center in Lewiston, ME under the Readjustment and Counseling Service Line.  We are an employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research.  We value Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence.  We value you.

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 and leadership positions 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

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 Step 1 to GS-13 Step 10.  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 and Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.


The incumbent applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in her work setting.  He/she has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis and intervention that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.  The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision.  Duties include, but are not limited to:     

-        Provide individual, group and family psychotherapy.

-        Conduct risk assessments of clients in crisis for suicidal and/or other violent and destructive behavior.

-        Intervene with clients in acute psychological distress.

-        Provide psychological counseling to veterans with vocational, education, physical and/or emotional problems.

-        Provide readjustment counseling for veterans who served in a war zone including assessment and treatment for PTSD.

-        Serve as consultant to peers and counseling staff.

-        Serve as consultant and trainer for community organizations in the area of diagnosis and treatment of war zone veterans.

-        Conduct outreach activities to inform and educate veterans regarding Vet Center services.

-        Determine appropriate referrals to Healthcare System and other community agencies.

-        Develop and maintain appropriate referral resources in the community.

-        Perform administrative and clinical tasks as assigned by the Team Leader.

-        Maintain case records in accordance with program guidelines and professional requirements.

-        Conform to legal and ethical standards of service delivery, privacy and confidentiality.

-        Develop and maintain cooperative working relationship with support facility.

WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. 

Travel Required

  • Not Required