Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1159345

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

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!

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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 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. 


You 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.


This position is a staff psychologist appointment located within the Mental Health Service of the Black Hills Healthcare System (BHHCS).   The incumbent is assigned to the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) and is a designated psychological specialist on substance use disorder problems in PTSD patients.

This incumbent will provide group and individual treatments in accordance with the Uniform Mental Health Services Policy and Handbook (VA 1160.01) which specifies evidence-based therapies to be provided to patients with PTSD, as well as substance use disorders.

Thus, the incumbent should have specialized training and competencies in PTSD and Substance Use Disorders including familiarity and skill with evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing/Enhancement Therapy.  

Location: Mental Health Service Line, Fort Meade, SD

Work Schedule:Full time, 80 hours per pay period

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to alternate sites may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • No