Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist (Open Continuous) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
6 vacancies in the following location:
  • Lebanon, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 1/1/2016 (294 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1589248

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until December 31, 2016. This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the first cut-off date being February 1, 2016with subsequent cut-off dates every 30 days. Management retains the right to make additional selections as positions become available.

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?

The Lebanon VA Medical Center is located in Pennsylvania Dutch country. The facility provides acute medical, surgical, and behavioral health care utilizing 11 ICU beds and 38 acute beds. The facility has a vibrant affiliation with the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine based at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive Authorized

NOTE: On June 22, 2016, announcement amended to include "Recruitment or Relocation Incentive Authorized".

On July 29, 2016, announcement amended to increase the salary range.


DUTIES: As the selected Psychiatrist, you will be assigned to the Behavioral Health and Sciences (BH&S;) Care Line where you will have the opportunity to perform clinical psychiatrist duties involving the collaboration of interdisciplinary clinical team (Psychiatrists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychology Technicians, etc.) in the delivery of services related to mental health treatments. Your duties will also include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing psychiatry care for patients with mental health disorders to include but not limited to anxiety mood, psychotic, substance use induced or related and cognitive disorders.

  • Performing compensation and pension evaluations and consults for transplant evaluations.

  • Performing psychiatry coverage/duties assignments in various other mental health service areas such as: Consultation & Liaison, Emergency Department, Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, Mental Health Residential, Rehabilitation and Recovery Units, and/or other CBOCs.

  • As assigned, providing supervision of residents, medical students and allied health professionals.

  • Regular participation in on-call duties and extended hours clinics coverage/duties.

WORK SCHEDULE: The majority of daily working hours performed by members of our behavioral health team are scheduled between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm; however, the expansion of mental health services requires flexible clinic hours in addition to rotational & on-call weekend and night coverage.

Functional Statement Title/#: Psychiatrist/000000


  • A $10,000 recruitment incentive is authorized for each vacancy.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

Basic Requirements:

• Must be proficient in written and spoken English. • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. • 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: Suboxone certification

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.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 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:Moderate lifting, 15-44 lbs; light lifting, under 15 lbs; moderate carrying, 15-44 lbs; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands required; walking 6-8 hours; standing 6-8 hours; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted) min 15/20 one ear and mental and emotional stability required.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

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.

Salary Range: $225,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Non Citizens

Control Number: 425271200

Job Announcement Number: YC-16-SRF-1589248-OCA-BU