Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 976502 (Include on all documents) 

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health support staff who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

About the Memphis VA Medical Center:  The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC).  It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs.  Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.  Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center.  Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

NOTE: THIS POSITION CAN BE FILLED BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, GS-180; SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER, GS-185; or REGISTERED NURSE, VN-610

  • THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR SOLICITATION OF PSYCHOLOGIST  APPLICANTS ONLY
  • SOCIAL WORKER APPLICANTS MUST APPLY UNDER: MEM-14-009-976503-MT
  • REGISTERED NURSE APPLICANTS WILL BE SOLICITATED THROUGH INTERNAL PROCEDURES ONLY
  • FIRST CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO PERMANENT VA MEMPHIS EMPLOYEES
  • CANDIDATES WHO APPLIED UNDER MEM-13-124-970573-MT, MUST RE APPLY TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Applicants must meet established criteria of EDRP to receive the award.  

  • Relocation/Recruitment Incentive is negotiable for a highly qualified candididate
  • Relocation Expenses are authorized.

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services.  Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty station or facilities.  For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/psc.asp  .

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.

Duties

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates education and experience and recommend the grade and 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.

Each VA medical center must maintain the Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) position to help transform local VA mental health services to a recovery-oriented model of care, to sustain those changes, and to support further systemic change as new evidence becomes available on optimal delivery of recovery-oriented mental health care. The LRC is located within the mental health service, and reports to the Section Chief, Mental Health Social Work and Recovery Programs.

The LRC is responsible for:

  • Leading the integration of recovery principles into all mental health services provided at the Medical Center and its affiliated CBOCs.
  • Working collaboratively with the other LRCs in the VISN, one of whom must serve in a coordinator role for VISN level activities, and with national leadership.
  • Being directly involved in the direct provision of recovery-oriented clinical services. Providing training and consultation to facility leadership, staff, veterans, and family members regarding the recovery transformation.
  • Ensuring that veterans with SMI are given every opportunity to pursue and be responsible for their own goals.
  • Serves as a recovery ombudsman to the Chief, Mental Health Service, program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery oriented services.
  • Coordinating the evaluation of recovery implementation at the facility and reporting results to the National Recovery Coordinator.

Tour of Duty: Full Time, 80 hours a pay period, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM

Location of Position: Mental Health Service

This is bargaining unit position

 

Travel Required

  • Not Required