Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician-Psychiatrist in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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

Opened Thursday 1/28/2016 (269 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Veterans Health Administration

The Best Care!!! The Best Careers!!!

Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is located in West Alabama on a beautifully landscaped 126 acre campus. Tuscaloosa offers a low cost of living and year round outdoor recreational activities along with cultural activities.

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?

Announcment Number: TUS-16-MH-019-OC1611630

Vacancy ID:1611630

Position Title: Physician-Psychiatrist

Work Schedule: Full Time

Service Location: Mental Health Service Line

Vacancy has been extended until 12/30/2016 or until filled.

*Note 1: * A relocation incentive of up to 25% of annual salary may be paid to federal employees who physically relocate; a recruitment incentive of up to 25% of annual salary may be paid to newly appointed federal employees may be offered.

Note 2:Once appointed, If you meet all established criteria, you may be eligible to apply for partial student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to available funding. You will be required to make contact with the Program Coordinator in Human Resources within 30 days of your appointment date to confirm your eligibility and initiate application paperwork.

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.



The Psychiatrist will be a member of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Psychiatric Team.

  • US citizens and board certified with a full unrestricted medical license and would provide services to veteran patients.

  • The target patient population will include those veterans who have a high use of VA psychiatric inpatient resources or who have severe functional impairment or are inadequately served by conventional treatments, as well as veterans who are frequent users of emergency or crisis services; and who have a diagnosis of serious mental illness with or without secondary substance abuse.

  • TVAMC services central and northern Alabama veterans with 73 psychiatric beds, integrated PTSD/addictions intensive outpatient programs, comprehensive outpatient services and co-occurring disorders with other serious mental illness.

  • Graduating psychiatry residents and board eligible psychiatrists may also apply.

  • Fellowships or certification in addiction psychiatry or geriatrics are desired but not essential.

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Administrative and clinical experience

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

  • Proven leadership skills

  • Embraces and initiates new clinical programs and technologies

  • Effective management and operations experience

  • Board certification

  • Have a vision for the future

  • Advocate for clinical research

  • Interest in the pursuit of excellence

  • Travel Required
  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • Degree of doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, or an equivalent degree.
  • 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 a residency or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Must meet physical standards of the position described in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. A pre-employment physical examination may be required.
  • This is a drug testing designated position. Employees in drug testing designated positions will be subject to random drug testing.

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.

Physical Requirements:

No special physical demands are required for this position. Employee frequently carry light items such paper files, records, etc. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may required periods of standing. Must pass pre-employment examination. *See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. *

References : *VA Handbook 5005/, Part II, Appendix G2, Physician Qualification Standard, *dated April 2002.

Education Requirements: Degree of doctor of medicine or equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. All education claimed by the applicant will be verified. 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:

  1. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

  2. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

  3. Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States
  • New appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law
  • Newly employed federal employees may be subject to a two year probationary period.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Qualified candidates will be reviewed by a Search Committee who will evaluate application materials and recommend those who should be contacted for interview. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits 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 .

Other Information

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

This vacancy may be used to fill additional vacancies for up to 90 days.

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 427808100

Job Announcement Number: TUS-16-MH-019-OC1611630