Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1137474

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.  

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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 health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


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.

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

The payment of recruitment/relocation incentives is not authorized.

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, July 11, 2014, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after July 11, 2014 will be reviewed and referred for consideration every two weeks until the position is filled.

WORK SCHEDULE: M-F, 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM. You may be required to provide service evenings and weekends as needed.

Duties

The incumbent serves as a staff psychologist in the Compensation and Pension Clinic, where he/she completes full diagnostic evaluations for a variety of mental health disorders, providing psychological assessment as needed to complete these tasks.  The incumbent also may serve as a member of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System's Prevention and Management of Disturbed Behavior Committee and completes violence risk assessments as part of these duties.   

·         Provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including the use of psychological testing for patients within STVCHS in areas of special interest/expertise.

·         Performs psychological evaluations for individuals with mental health and medical disorders for purposes of diagnostic clarification and Compensation and Pension recommendations.  These evaluations employ a comprehensive diagnostic interview, review of available records, collateral contact when available, as well as objective, and cognitive test when indicated.

·         Provides a range of psychological therapeutic interventions with individuals with mental health and medical disorders utilizing empirically supported modalities when indicated.

·         Consults with and serves as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in STVHCS.

·         May be asked to assist in the selection, training, and supervision of staff at lower grade within assigned program areas, Psychology Service, or STVHCS.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No