Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist - Addictions) in Savannah, Georgia

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

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (27 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 9/28/2017 (337 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1813978

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?

With over 250 days of sunshine per year, Savannah is located in one of the most desirable geographic areas of the United States. Founded in 1733, the city grew quickly to become a major center for agriculture, industry and military installations. Its rich history provides a cosmopolitan lifestyle and excellent recreational opportunities such as quick access to the Atlantic Ocean and first-class shopping and dining experiences. Drive 20 minutes east of Savannah through a few miles of wide sky and salt marches, and you will find Tybee Island with its landmark lighthouse, Fort Screven historic district and a myriad of recreational opportunities.

Become a part of the nation's largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system – the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration - joining the team at a premiere VA facility, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC and affiliated with The Medical University of South Carolina, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest level quality care from CT Surgery to Neurosurgery to primary and mental health care for more than 58,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a center of excellence for robotic surgery and orthopedics, and is a recognized leader in Tele-Mental Health providing care for Veterans throughout the Southeast. The 144 bed hospital includes six community based outpatient clinics, a 20 bed community living center, women's health, and the full range of inpatient and outpatient care including Medical and Surgical Intensive Care. At the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our nation's heroes while advancing your career are endless. Become part of the best care anywhere and live out one of the most rewarding career experiences anyone could have at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.



The employee serves as a psychiatrist at the Savannah Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Employee provides comprehensive clinical services to Veterans and their families within the CBOC. The employee will perform both general psychiatric and substance use disorder services in a multi-disciplinary setting. Therapeutic and clinical services associated with this position will include medication management, treatment planning, and other specialized services as needed. The employee will work closely with his/her colleagues to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art mental health care. Experience in prescribing buprenorphine is required.

Work Schedule:*8:00AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.*

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs 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.
  • Completion of residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience: Board certification in Psychiatry

Physician Staff Requirements:

Staff Physician. None beyond the basic requirements. The individual must qualify to perform duties as a physician, have completed an accredited residency and/or possess experience which has qualified the individual to perform general duties and some specialized functions and procedures without supervision. Staff physicians may also include attendings who train physician residents assigned in facilities with residency training programs, and consultants who are capable of giving authoritative views and opinions on subjects in their field of medicine.

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: Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Use of fingers, Walking, Standing, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted)

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.

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

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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: $100,957.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451971600

Job Announcement Number: NZ-16-JT-1813978-BU