Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) in Albany, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albany, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 5/27/2016 (147 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 5/26/2017 (217 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1707663

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.

This vacancy is to fill one Outpatient Psychiatrist (Physician) position at the Albany VA Medical Center. This vacancy will be used to fill one full-time, permanent appointment for day shift, 8am-4:30pm, with rotating call schedule (weekend/evenings, every 8th day). Functional Statement for the position is Albany VAMC Outpatient Psychiatrist (Physician) # F9221.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. 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

A recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program, subject to availability of EDRP funding. Please contact Human Resources EDRP Coordinator at the Albany VAMC for more information.

This announcement will remain open until filled-position may be filled prior to the closing date. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy. Applicants will be reviewed once per week on a first come first serve basis. If filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.


This position is located in the Behavioral Health Outpatient Services department at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY. The incumbent will be expected to provide outpatient psychiatric services including evaluation, diagnosis, treatment of patients in that setting, but also in multiple potential team arrangements depending on the needs of the facility. The applicant will be clinically active in the general mental health setting including outpatient and walk-in services, but will have integrated institutional responsibilities including coverage of medical/surgical consultation, coverage of inpatient services, emergency room care, and geriatric Services. It may also include substance abuse services, suboxone clinic, clozaril clinic and PTSD Program, medical/surgical clinics. The incumbent will be expected to assist in delivery of integrated patient centered psychiatric care throughout the facility. Call coverage in a rotating schedule will be required. The applicant will also be expected to provide psychiatric resident supervision and education. Qualification for faculty appointment at Albany Medical Center is required.

Duties include:

Team leadership and providing integrated patient care in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings

Awareness, implementation, and maintenance of JAHCO and VA guidelines for psychiatric care

Staffing specialty clinics, i.e. clozaril, suboxone based on the needs of the facility

Provision of evidence and community based assessment and care of psychiatric patients including current pharmacologic and other standard therapeutic treatments

Provides active supervision and teaching for Albany Medical Center psychiatric residents and other trainees as needed.

Participating in quality improvement initiatives and outcome data initiatives

Providing patient and family health education With a focus on self-management, prevention and wellness based on the patient's goals.

Ordering, conducting, supervising and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests. Provision of inpatient consultations to Medicine/Surgery, Emergency Room, Geriatrics and other services based on the needs of the institution

Mentoring, educating, and disseminating information regarding current clinical practices as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Timely completion of clinical documentation

Completion of education requirements

Provision of Telepsychiatry services as needed

Provides on call duties as assigned

Other clinical duties as assigned by Chief of Psychiatry


This is a fulltime position with primary assignment to behavioral health outpatient services but with integrated presence in the facility as described above. It is expected that physician will provide thorough high quality compassionate care to veterans. The physician will be expected to exhibit leadership and team building skills, contribute to program development and educational initiatives, and complete requisite training so as to maintain competence with technological improvements related to patient care. The physician is expected to adapt clinical services to identified needs of patients as determined by the institution. The physician is expected to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other clinicians, staff and management. Call coverage is expected as part of department rotation and other duties, including committee membership(s) as indicated. Compliance with medical staff bylaws, including timely completion of medical records is a requirement.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Board Certification or Eligibility in listed specialty is preferred
  • Must meet basic requirements listed in this vacancy announcement

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy).
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained for am institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Eligible or Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology is preferred

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: The physician should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position including examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan and educate residents. Physical activities include sitting, standing (up to 4 hours) walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. The incumbent should be emotionally and mentally stable; and capable to perform the duties of the position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.**


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.**

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

As a new employee serving on an excepted service appointment in the Federal civil service, you will be required to complete a two year probationary period. This period provides your supervisor with an opportunity to assess your conduct and job performance. Please note that an employee serving on a probationary period may be terminated at any time during this period, with limited appeal rights, for unacceptable job performance or unacceptable conduct.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 439253300

Job Announcement Number: 528D-16BK-132