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    These positions are for a new satellite office of the Veterans Crisis Line in Topeka, KS. Selectee start dates will be targeted between February and March. There will be up to 7 weeks of mandatory training where employees will not be able to request any time off work. These trainings may take place on holidays. Several weeks of training may require travel to an alternate site in Canandaigua, NY or Atlanta, GA.

    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?

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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. 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. 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: These positions involve a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-9 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

    These positions are located at the Veterans Crisis Line in Topeka, Kansas. The Health Science Specialist - Crisis Hotline Responder works within the National Veterans Crisis Line Program to assist in the delivery of evidenced based practice for veterans who need assistance.

    Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Implements suicide/mental health crisis prevention strategies;
    • Provides support for the identification of veterans at high risk, and coordinates enhanced care;
    • Conducts interviews and utilizes assessments tools to assess emotional, functional, and/or psychological conditions;
    • Completes structured diagnostic and clinical assessments;
    • Prepares and maintains records and reports in accordance with program guidelines;
    • Provides psycho-education and directs advice regarding suicide/mental illness crisis;
    • Works collaboratively with other members of the VA Crisis Hotline Program to identify appropriate services for Veterans in crisis;
    • Assists Veterans and their family/friend/significant other with issues regarding the Veterans' mental health issues, referrals, benefits, support groups, and
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Work Schedule: Varied work schedule to include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Selectees will be expected to work all shifts.
    Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Several weeks of training may require travel to an alternate site in Canandaigua, NY or Atlanta, GA.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    United States Citizens

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