Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) in Providence, Rhode Island

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

Opened Wednesday 8/10/2016 (74 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/10/2016 (18 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1746149

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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

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?

This Physician (Psychiatrist) position is located in the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service and is not a bargaining unit position. This is a permanent full-time position. The work schedule is: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*This position is open until filled*

This is an open continuous announcement which will remain open until Thursday, November 10, 2016. This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates, with the first cut-off date being August 24, 2016 with subsequent cut-off dates every 14 days. Management retains the right to make additional selections as positions become available.

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.

  • Provides direct psychiatric patient care commensurate with the standards for clinical or academic staff position; conducts examinations, determines diagnoses, demonstrates therapeutic ability and effectiveness in emergencies, manages patients, and thoroughly documents patient records.
  • Provides care for patients with substance abuse disorders including assessment, diagnosis, and providing psychosocial and pharmacological treatment (e.g. methadone and buprenorphine).
  • Provides oversight regarding medical and psychiatric assessment and psychopharmacologic management of all patients in the Mental Health clinics and programs at the Medical Center.
  • Develops and delivers educational programs and clinical learning opportunities in the Mental Health Service for psychiatry residents, allied health trainees, and medical students.
  • Maintains a clinical or academic faculty appointment with Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
  • Serves on various committees.
  • Positively represents the medical center's Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service.
  • Participates in on-call responsibilities in rotation with the other staff psychiatrists.

A copy of the functional statement for this position can be made available upon request, after the closing date of vacancy announcement.

Note: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.

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.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

Basic Requirements

U.S. Citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education: Must possess a 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 Veteran Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.

Licensure: Must possess a 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.

Residency: Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

Preferred Experience: Possesses specialized training in Addiction Psychiatry and/or Addiction Medicine.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard This can also be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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 physical requirements of this position include occasional lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion, and stooping. The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, reading, and logical thinking. The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment. There may be an occasional need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness, and hazardous materials.

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 or may not be interviewed.


Benefits Package: Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

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

Other Information

Additional Information:

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of our credentialing process.
  • May be subject to a probationary period.
  • It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 445747700

Job Announcement Number: DQ-16-JJS-1746149