Job Overview


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?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 978806


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.

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 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center ( is a 200-bed inpatient facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education, research and academic affiliations with the University of Illinois – Chicago and Northwestern University. The main campus resides on 13 acres in the Illinois Medical District, approximately three miles from downtown Chicago. JBVAMC also operates four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in the Lakeside (downtown) area and Auburn Gresham (south side) community of Chicago, in Chicago Heights, Ill.; and the Adam Benjamin, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point, IN, which serves the four counties of Northwestern Indiana.
The medical center is a part of VA Great Lakes Healthcare System (Network 12), which includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The Health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not coverd by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


This position is located at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago IL and serves in the Psychology Section/Mental Health Service Line/Compensation and Pension.  Psychologist duties include:

  • Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment
  • Adapts evaluations to include dual diagnosis issues of substance use and coexisting psychiatric disorders, and psychosocial stressors of homeless and unemployment
  • Performs compensation and pension exams relating to veterans claims
  • Consults with hospital staff on a wide variety of compensation and pension issues
  • Serves as a consultant to other hospital staff and trainees and assist in the formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate evaluation of compensation and pension veterans
  • Responsible for timely completion of all compensation and pension charting and documentation required by the hospital

WORK SCHEDULE:  Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. May include occasional evening and/or weekends.

RELOCATION EXPENSE:  Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work of the psychologist is largely office based and in a sedentary setting. No manual labor is required above ordinary situations. Incumbent must be capable of using a computer given that all clinical charting is electronic.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Normal safety precautions while working in an office/clinic type environment, which is well lighted, clean and does not present hazards to personal safety. There may be occasional risk of physical harm, which requires special precautions and training.   The incumbent may be exposed to infectious diseases and medical/psychiatric emergencies.   While not anticipated, the incumbent could be required to assume an irregular tour of duty, which could include on-call coverage, evening, or weekend hours, in response to clinical needs.

Travel Required

  • Not Required