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Job Title:Psychiatrist, Behavioral Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VC-14-038-985399-KJM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$195,000.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 30, 2013 to Wednesday, July 9, 2014




Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Kalispell, MT View Map


United States Citizens


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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 985399


Psychiatrist, Part Time (10 hours per week) Behavioral Health, VA Montana Health Care System, Kalispell, MT

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?


VA Montana Health Care System at Fort Harrison is a 43 bed, JCAHO accredited facility currently providing inpatient medical/surgical, and outpatient ambulatory medical, surgical and behavioral health care.  We also have a new 24 bed inpatient unit for Behavioral Health Services for Montana veterans.  The facility is located on 138 acres in a picturesque setting on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, just on the outskirts of the state’s capital city, Helena.  The area is well known for a colorful history, cultural and educational offerings and any number of amazing recreational activities. 


An excellent employee benefit package is offered that includes health, life and long term care insurance, the Federal Employee Retirement System and generous vacation and sick leave packages.


Relocation and/or Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.


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.


POSITION:  Physician (Psychiatrist), VM-0602, Behavioral Health Unit. This part-time position (10 hours per week) is located in the Behavioral Health Service at the VA Montana Health Care System at the Kalispell Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Hours of work:  Monday – Friday. Preferable completion of an approved psychiatric residency with Board Certification in Adult Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.   


**** This is an open-continuous announcement.  Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official monthly beginning December 2nd. Once a selection is made, this vacancy announcement will close. ****


AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  All applicants who meet qualification requirements.




  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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Seeking a part-time board certified or board eligible Psychiatrist for adult outpatient treatment with urgent care/walk-in service.  This physician will be an independent care provider, highly skilled in the management of patients’ mental health needs or subspecialty evaluation and treatment of PTSD and Addictive Disorders.  She/he will carry an outpatient clinical workload along with assigned administrative and professional responsibilities; coordinate patient care between Behavioral Health and Primary Care; conducts history, physical exams and mental status exams on assigned patients; completes intake assessments and formulates diagnosis; and develops and presents treatment plans to the multidisciplinary treatment team.  Orders all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments; initiates consults, referrals, psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy as indicated; and maintains effective and up to date documentation of patient encounters.  Prefer candidates with excellent interpersonal and clinical skills for providing primary mental health care to veteran patients.


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a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b.  Education.  Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.  The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.  Approved schools are:

(1)   Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2)   Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3)   Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

(4)   For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

c.  Licensure and Registration.  Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.  The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light lifting (under 15 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), use of fingers, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, and working alone.


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .



This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


Pre-employment Drug Testing may be required prior to appointment to this position.  Pre-employment physical is required prior to appointment to this position.  All new employees are subject to a character and background investigation.


All qualified employees will receive consideration for promotion without regard to political, religious or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical handicap or age.  In the event of unanticipated vacancy(s) in the same position and location as this vacancy occurs within ninety (90) days of the selection, additional selections may be made from this announcement. 


This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need (a reasonable) accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  The decision on granting (reasonable) accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  If you have question regarding reasonable accommodation please call our Human Resources Office at (406) 447-7933.


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.


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online but may apply via Fax as outlined below. 

If you are applying for this position online or by fax, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 09, 2014, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.


1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX – Occupational Questionnaire Form) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 985399

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 09, 2014, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items 

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Kaimy J. Marks
Phone: (406)447-7567
Agency Information:
VHA Montana HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
3687 Veterans Drive
PO Box 1500
Fort Harrison, MT


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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