Job Overview


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1112733

This posting is to fill one vacancy. The vacancy may be filled by a Psychologist or a Social Worker.  Social Worker applicants should see Job Announcement # JT-14-LJM-1167901-BU to apply.

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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

Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans’ personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS11 to GS13.  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.


The incumbent for this position applies advanced professional psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting.  He/she has advanced knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines.  The primary job functions of psychologists at this level include the provision of direct care to patients with substance abuse disorders, consultation services on difficult or complex cases, and education of staff and trainee supervision.  However, the psychologist functioning at this level also has administrative duties associated with the substance abuse program in addition to collateral supervisory responsibilities and administrative/managerial duties.

The incumbent for this position is assigned to the Manchester VAMC Substance Abuse Program within the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service (MHBSS).  In addition to providing direct patient care, this psychologist does have additional duties as described below:   

Clinical Responsibilities: (40%time)

1.   Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.

2,   Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

3.   Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

4.   Provides consultation to professional staff within VA and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

5.   Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

6.   Functions independently as a member of the Manchester VA Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges.  Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities (55% time)

1.     Assists the Service Line Manager in the design, development, and implementation of Substance Abuse Program.  Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the affiliated Service Line Manger.

2.     Assist the program manger in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

3.     Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

4.     Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

5.     Complies with all VHA electronic medical record documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

6.     Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Service Line Manager (or designee) and facility Director.

7.     Attends monthly Psychology meetings, intern supervisory staff meetings, and complies with Psychology peer review procedures.

8.     Attends weekly Clinical Team staff meetings and complies with program directives.

Teaching and Training (5% time):

1.       Provides clinical supervision and instruction for the Mental Health Interdisciplinary team regarding various aspects of substance abuse treatment.


Preferred Experience:  The ideal candidate for this position should possess at least 2 Years of substance abuse and mental health experience.  Prior management experience is also highly desired.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No