Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1010617

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 professionals 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!

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

You could be the Coordinating Psychiatrist for a newly developed interdisciplinary team!  A rich career development opportunity for the right psychiatrist with an interest in working closely with a team of psychologists, clinical social workers, and other therapist to provide state-of-the-art evidence-based care to America’s heroes.  The team will also coordinate Military Sexual Trauma services.  There will also be teaching opportunities and a Texas Tech Medical School faculty appointment for the selected excellent candidate. 


The applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program.


The incumbent will be a Coordinating Psychiatrist for a newly developed interdisciplinary team. The psychiatrist will admit, evaluate, diagnose, treat, provide consultation and perform history and physical examinations to adult patients presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive or emotional disorders, utilizing all forms of psychological and socal treatment including medications. Privileges include providing consultation with physicians in other fields regarding mental, behavioral or emotional disorders, pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, family therapy, behavior modification, consultation to the courts, and emergency psychiatry as well as the ordering of diagnostic, laboratory tests, and presribe medications.

Tour of Duty: M-F days with on-call 

Pay will be commensurate with training, experience, and market.

  • A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized.
  • First consideration will be given to applications received early. Applicants who apply by 12/23/13 will be referred first.  Additional applications will be referred as additional vacancies occur

AVAHCS currently offers general medical and surgery inpatient care, day surgery, long term care, home based primary care and specialty care, mental health services including substance abuse treatment, homeless services and an OEF/OIF program to a population of 64,400 veterans in a primary service area that covers counties in the Texas Panhandle, northern Oklahoma Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. We are a level 2 facility serving 25,602 unique Veterans. In FY12, there were 2,315 inpatients treated and 264,380 outpatient visits. There are currently 45 total operating hospital beds, which includes 14 ICU beds and 120 operating community living center beds. The FY13 annual budget is $180+million. Our facility provides an active teaching environment for medical students and residents through a formal affiliation with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The rotation includes approximately 50 residents in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Specialty Care. Other affiliations provide a variety of educational opportunities in pharmacy, optometry, nursing and various allied health programs.

Amarillo has something for everyone; Arts & Culture, family fun, heritage/history, and outdoor adventures. Amarillo centrally located from skiing the New Mexico and Colorado Mountains, as well as being centrally located to Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Albuquerque NM, Denver CO and Oklahoma City, OK. Amarillo residents enjoy big city life with small town atmosphere with a low cost of living and no state income tax.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized