Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1163295

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?

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.

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 .

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.

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

NOTE: Declining to be interviewed, failure to respond/accept interview attempts or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.


The Clinical Psychologist is assigned to Domiciliary First Step Program, VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  First Step Program is a 90-day residential program and the Staff Psychologist will be responsible of diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments, treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities, and provide adjunctive rehabilitation-oriented interventions for the treatment of medical disorders and disabilities.

·      Provide cognitive-behavioral treatment for substance abuse in a therapeutic community context.

·      Incumbent is part of the multidisciplinary team and provide clinical and administrative support to the programs’ supervisory psychologist.

·      Responsible for facilitating staff meetings.

·      Oversees the treatment planning and discharge planning of residents.

·      Oversees patient transfers to and from other VA program to First Step.

·      Responsible in conducting daily groups and classes within the residential treatment milieu.

·      Coordinate care for patients receiving psychiatric medications, responding to medical and psychiatric emergencies on the unit.

·      Provides clinical supervision to paraprofessional and psychology trainees, and contributing to the professional development and education of all staff working with veterans on the unit.

·      Assist Domiciliary leadership with conducting program evaluation, supporting research, supporting leadership in meeting hospital performance measures, and participating in implementation of all changes necessary to be in compliance with CARF, Joint Commission, and other national mandates.

·      Independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services.

·      Works closely with the VA HhHealth Care Systems homeless programs, residential and community care programs and other Domiciliary programs to ensure that coordination between these entities’ is facilitated and veteran’s direct care, referral and follow-up is contiguous and based on a continuum of services.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No