Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist in Prescott, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
4 vacancies in the following location:
  • Prescott, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 1/4/2016 (292 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 1/3/2017 (73 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1590685

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve 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.

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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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.


This position will remain open until filled. Potential locations for this position include Prescott, AZ; Flagstaff, AZ and Anthem, AZ.

The incumbent is an independent care provider who is highly skilled in the management of a patient's mental health needs or subspecialty evaluation and treatment. Each physician will carry an outpatient clinical workload along with assigned administrative and professional responsibilities. The psychiatrist will also be responsible for providing care to all Ancillary Services as needed.

NAVAHCS has developed a Team Practice model of patient care where coordination of care between Mental Health and Primary Care is emphasized. Each patient has an identified primary mental health provider, and care is reviewed and managed through a multidisciplinary team utilizing a biopsychosocial model. The primary mental health provider will be responsible for the longitudinal management of the patient within a sound clinical environment, while creating an efficient cost-management of the patient's on-going care. The staff psychiatrist is responsible to and works under the supervision of the Mental Health & Behavioral Science Medical Director. to ensure the highest quality of care by the psychiatrist, there will be periodic peer reviews, clinical outcome evaluations, and a code of ethical practice and evidence of continuing professional development and maintenance of clinical skills.

Position Specific Competencies:

  1. The incumbent must possess the interpersonal and clinical skills to provide primary mental health care for VA patients.

  2. Conducts history and mental status exams on assigned patients.

  3. Completes intake assessments and formulates diagnosis.

  4. Develops and presents treatment plans to the multidisciplinary treatment team.

  5. Orders all necessary laboratory and radiological assessments.

  6. Initiates consults and referrals as indicated.

  7. Pharmacotherapy as indicated in the treatment plan.

  8. Maintain effective and up-to-date documentation of patient encounter.

  9. Maintain credentials and privileges in the VA hospital.

  10. Performs psychiatry on-call duties as assigned.

  11. Participate in professional and administrative activities as assigned.

Work Schedule: Days with possible weekend, holiday, evening, night hours

This is a bargaining unit position.

Relocation and Education Debt Reduction Program (subject to funding availability) incentives are authorized for this position.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • A relocation incentive has been authorized for this position.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship and English language proficiency
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Random drug testing


  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA Educational requirements.
  • Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required. First-Year Residency (Internship) - Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are: Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed OR Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

Salary determination will be made by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Tuesday, January 03, 2017.


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

Other Information

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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

Salary Range: $99,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 425437900

Job Announcement Number: MS-16-THI-1590685BU