Job Overview

Summary

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): 1045526

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: 1.  CURRENT PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE AGENCY FOR WHICH THE POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED 2.  ALL OTHER CANDIDATES.

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 (http://www.chicago.va.gov/) 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.

Duties

This position is for a full-time (40 hours per week, 1.0 FTEE) Clinical Psychologist assigned to the Mental Health Service Line at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.  Note that this is a Temporary Position, Not to Exceed 5 years. The incumbent works in Outpatient Mental Health, and spends approximately 20 hours per week in the PTSD Clinic and 20 hours per week in the Mental Health Clinic. Clinic duties include psychotherapy, psychological testing, interdisciplinary team consultation and collaboration on patient care.  The psychologist functions as a case manager (with full case management responsibilities), a therapist and a member of a team.  Typical assignments involve diagnosis and treatment.  The ability to conduct diagnostic interviewing and psychological testing, including objective measures, projective measures and intellectual measures is expected.  Treatment modalities include individual, group and marital/family therapy.  Skill in assessing for suicidality and homicidality, and skill in providing effective interventions to patients in crisis, is required.  There is a high rate of addiction and serious mental illness, including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and PTSD, Axis II, and special difficulties in social adjustment (e.g. unemployment,  homelessness).  The ability to provide  individual, group and marital/family interventions to veterans with active Dual Diagnosis is required. The VA emphasizes Evidence Based Therapy, including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Social Skills Training.  The person selected has successfully completed or will complete competency-based training in one or more of the following VA Evidence Based Therapies: Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Thearapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  The incumbent also might function as Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, a role that entails answering consults, coordinating the delivery of services, ensuring that MST veterans receive appropriate care, and providing staff education.  The Jesse Brown VA has primary affiliations with the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Northwestern University Medical School, and has an American Psychological Association Accredited Internship Progarm and a Psychology Externship Program.  The psychologist is required to have the ability to provide psychotherapy and testing supervision and to provide educational seminars to trainees in psychology and other disciplines.  The incumbent is expected to possess organizational skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills essential for working effectively in a team environment.  The incumbent performs almost all duties in this position independently, receiving only general direction as to the overall nature of the activity desired from the Chief of Psychology and general direction in those areas required by VA regulations.   The incumbent performs other related duties as assigned by the supervisor. As part of the clinic team, the incumbent shares the responsibility for providing consultative services to other services and departments of the facility and to private, state and other institutions. 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. 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

Relocation Authorized

  • No