Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 978263

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.

The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics have been established with the tenth planned for opening in late 2012. The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

Fargo is a thriving metropolitan area of nearly 200,000 that offers a sense of solid values and has been ranked 1 nationally for safety Additionally, the July 2010: Money Magazine ranked Fargo among top "100 Best Places to Live".   The community supports 4 hospitals, 3 colleges and all the amenities one would expect in a metropolitan area including great shopping, excellent private and public schools, an active arts community, and sports activities for every interest.  If the Minnesota lakes country appeals to you we are a short commute from the tranquility of the great outdoors. Major metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and Winnipeg are an easy drive down the interstate and the major airlines offer direct service to many cities.  Fargo Moorhead is a diverse, stimulating, family-oriented city with, affordable housing, and an overall low cost-of-living, all amenities that make for a satisfying and fulfilling life. Join a dynamic leadership team at a progressive medical center in a truly wonderful community!  Go to or for more information.


This vacancy is advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 

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 to GS-13.  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 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.


The incumbent serves as a Staff Psychologist in the role of Health Behavior Coordinator at

the Fargo VA Medical Center.  Primary duties include providing specific training and

consultation to facilitate effective health behavior coaching (i.e., healthy lifestyle coaching to

support patient self-management) with a focus on building and maintaining competencies in

this area. In collaboration with the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Manager

(HDPD-PM), the psychologist will contribute to the training of Primary Care staff and

others in evidence-based methodologies to effectively communicate with, motivate, coach,

and support patients in being aware of relevant health risks, clarifying personal goals for

health promotion and disease prevention change, and maintaining these healthy behaviors

(e.g., weight loss and maintenance, tobacco use cessation, managing stress related to chronic

medical conditions).  The psychologist also serves as the lead clinician in tobacco use

cessation and contributes to behavioral health programs including weight management as

well as tinnitus management.  The Health Behavior Coordinator will also be required to

perform specialty health psychology assessment/intervention (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery and

organ transplant evaluations) as well as supervise interns, residents, and practicum students. 

It is necessary for this psychologist to be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills

essential to train staff and treat veterans served by the Fargo VAHCS.

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

Travel Required

  • Not Required