Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist) in Santa Rosa, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Santa Rosa, CA
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/22/2015 (365 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1537179

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

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.

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments. Salary above will be pro-rated to hours worked.

NOTE: Announcement will have 2-week cutoffs. Applications received prior to the cutoffs will be referred for consideration. A selection may be made prior to the closing date.

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.


Fifty-five miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is where wine and farming cultures converge with the farm-to-table scene of Sonoma County, and is known for outdoor recreation.


The San Francisco VA Medical Center is seeking a full-time and/or part-time board certified or eligible psychiatrist to join the staff of Mental Health Services located at our Santa Rosa Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Become a member of this health care team in providing state-of-the-art mental health services to our veterans. Mental Health services work seamlessly with the Primary Care clinic through a blended integrated care service. The clinical responsibilities of this position will emphasize evaluation and management for general mental health conditions with opportunities for a more specific focus in PTSD, geriatrics, Home Based Primary Care, Telepsychiatry and/or substance use disorders. There are no overnight or weekend call duties. There are opportunities to teach and receive a clinical faculty appointment with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Duties include:

  • Outpatient assessments

  • Management of a clinical caseload including medication management, referral to specialty as appropriate and coordination of care.

The incumbent will serves as a team member of an interdisciplinary team (nursing, social work, psychology, MFT) and will have informal supervisory responsibilities with psychology externs and postdoctoral fellows.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM. There are no overnight or weekend call duties.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation Incentitive may be approved
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship and English language proficiency
  • Board Certified or Eligible in Psychiatry
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Random drug testing
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959


  • 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. Salary will be pro-rated to hours worked.

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.

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; religious; 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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 Friday, October 21, 2016.


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

Other Information

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.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 419276900

Job Announcement Number: NQ-16-ACu-1537179R