Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 975557

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 providemany 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.

One full-time Psychologist (Chief, Domiciliary), GS-0180-13 position is currently available in Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service Line.  The tour of duty is 8:00am to 4:30pm.  There may be some instances where the incumbent would be required to work after 4:30pm, or have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.  Salary is determined by the Professional Standards Board based on education, qualifications, experience, and credentials.  This announcement is open to all qualified US Citizens.  More than one applicant may be hired from this announcement.  First consideration will be given to permanent VAMC Hampton employees.  NOTE:  This position may also be filled as a Social Worker, GS-13

Introduction:  The Hampton VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program is a complex level of clinical care that utilizes a comprehensive range of clinical expertise and therapeutic modalities in the provision of biopsychosocial, rehabilitative and health maintenance services in bringing each patient to an optimal level of functional independence and health.

Intended to serve as a clinically appropriate, cost-effective alternative to the unwarranted utilization of hospital and nursing home care services, the domiciliary must be fully prepared to address the rehabilitative and health maintenance needs of the broadest possible range of patients. The Chief of the Domiciliary ensures that the high quality domiciliary-based treatment programs and services remain consistent with the evolving health care needs of the total veteran patient population.


Duties and Responsibilities:  Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 

The Chief, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program, has day-to-day supervisory responsibility and authority over and is fully accountable for all aspects of the clinical care program and support services provided to veterans undergoing treatment in the Hampton VAMC Domiciliary.   Develops and implements policies relating to all phases of Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program in coordination with various clinical, allied health and administrative services within the Medical Center. Directly responsible for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluating and controlling of all program operations, including the Domiciliary Drug Abuse Program, the Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residencies Program; Vocational Rehabilitation Therapy and Dom Case Management, Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (ReHabitat), Medical Case Management, Long-Term Healthcare Maintenance, PTSD-DOM Program, Dom Operations, and any other DOM related program.

The Chief as a professional leader of a broad based interdisciplinary health care team and manager of a complex health care organization must possess broad based clinical, administrative and supervisory knowledge, skills and abilities. The Chief operates as an experienced professional with full responsibility and accountability for the quality of patient evaluations and the soundness of treatment plans. As such, the incumbent determines Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program goals, and works independently and with top management in the development of plans for attaining goals. 

A.    Program and Resource Management


The DOM Chief identifies program resource requirements; ensures appropriate acquisition and allocation of essential resources, accounts for the effective utilization of all available resources in support of program activities; identifies and effects changes in the organizational structure of domiciliary programming; considers from an informed perspective, a broad spectrum of factors when making programmatic decisions (or recommendations to top management) including public relations, Congressional relations, labor-management relations, public policy positions, affecting other VA or non-VA organizations/activities, economic impact and other similar such organizations and issues; ensures effective integration of program efforts/activities with other medical center operations; effectively manages general personnel policies and established practices regarding program operations as they relate to key employees and management actions with possible serious repercussions; delegates appropriate authority to subordinate treatment team leaders and program coordinators, assigning responsibility for overall performance of their work units; and performs other directly related duties as assigned.

B.    Personnel Management

The Chief, Domiciliary supervises a wide variety of health care and administrative professionals assigned to Domiciliary-based direct patient care and support activities. The Chief shares in directing a sizeable operation involving the work efforts of professional and technical staff that are directly assigned to Domiciliary Operations. The incumbent is responsible for and involved in various actions related to domiciliary-assigned staff to include recruitment, assignment and second level review of performance evaluations and first level supervision and appraisal of front line supervisors.  Interviews and selects candidates for domiciliary staff positions, making recommendations for appointments, promotion and reassignment.

 Hears and resolves staff concerns and complaints. As appropriate, refers group grievances and unresolved serious complaints to Chief Mental Health.   Effects, as needed, disciplinary actions and recommends action in more serious cases.

 Identifies developmental and training needs of staff members, ensuring appropriate access to necessary training and developmental opportunities. Recommends selection/appointment of subordinate team leaders and treatment program coordinators. Assigns work to subordinate supervisors/team leaders/program coordinators.

C.    Program Development

The Chief of the Domiciliary provides subordinate supervisors/team leaders/program coordinators and other personnel with advice, guidance and direction regarding current and future year therapeutic programming, program structure and resources necessary to the efficient and effective satisfaction of current and projected demands for service.  Identifies necessary changes in therapeutic program mix and the potential impact of such changes on domiciliary program staffing patterns.

Performs other directly related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Not Required