Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor in Birmingham, Alabama

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Birmingham, AL
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1826650

  • 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?

  • These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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.

NOTE:This is a non-bargaining unit position

  • Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.

NOTE: If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire). If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama. The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually. The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education. For more information on the Department of Veteran Affairs, go to

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this facility's Human Resources Management Office at (205) 933-8101 ext. 4597. The decision on the type of reasonable accommodation to be granted will be made on a case-by-case basis.


This position is aligned with Birmingham, Alabama Vet Center for a full-time (80 hours a pay period) Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) located in Jefferson County.

The LPMH Counselor will be responsible for providing readjustment counseling to eligible veterans and family members in the Vet Center program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling to veterans and family members over issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a veteran's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society. The selectee will be responsible for screening/assessment, treatment planning/goal setting, referral to service providers, resource usage/development, advocacy, crisis intervention, education/health promotion, and coordination of no-institutional services, counseling, outreach, and administrative duties. He/she will collaborate with other members of the Vet Center or other interdisciplinary treatment teams both within the Department of Veteran Affairs or community agencies, and community/government social services agencies to accomplish the mission.

*Preferred Experience: *

Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license for the purpose of driving a General Services Administration (GSA) vehicle.


The job requires overnight traveling for training, conferences, and official meeting purposes.

Work Schedule: Variable hours. The selectee will be expected to work the following tours: Monday-8:00am-4:30pm, Tuesday 8:00am-8:00pm, Wednesday 8:00am-8:00pm, Thursday-8:00am-8:00pm, Friday-8:00am-4:30pm. The selectee will work a 40 hour a work week and 2 Saturdays per month in an effort to meet the mission.

Functional Statement Title: Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor-(Birmingham Vet Center)

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position and will not be reimbursed.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-43 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • The job requires overnight traveling for training, conferences, and official meeting purposes.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.


Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States

Educat*ion:* Hold a master's degree in mental health counseling, or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to, Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; and Marriage and Family Therapy. A doctoral degree in mental health counseling may not be substituted for the master's degree in mental health counseling.

Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment.

*Physical Requirements: *Must be medically cleared by the VHA Employee Health Unit (EHU) physician prior to entry on duty. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

*English Language Proficiency: *Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a of VHA Handbook 5005.

GRADE DETERMINATION: Grade and Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board.


FOR GS-11 LEVEL: (full performance) In addition to the basic requirements, candidate must have a minimum of 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience* or* a doctoral degree in mental health counseling, or a related field; the doctoral degree may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional mental health counseling experience.

In addition, candidates at the GS-11 grade level must demonstrate the professional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) below:

  1. Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.

  2. Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.

  3. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the counseling process within various specialty areas, build on the foundation of competence through regular meetings and discussions to explain assignments, review progress of cases and confer about the counseling perspectives and orientation.

  4. Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress.

  5. Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/assessment.

  6. Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.

  7. Ability to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices.

  8. Ability to develop and deliver psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration.


References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix 43 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard, dated September 28, 2010 available 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:*Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ( Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.*


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.

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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] 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.

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.

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

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

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0101-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All Qualified US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453537600

Job Announcement Number: OB-16-ADa-1826650-VET