Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Behavioral Health) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Lebanon, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/9/2016 (46 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (36 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1798433 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?

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: Applications will be referred as they are received or as additional vacancies occur.


As the selected Psychiatric/Medical Physician Assistant, you will be assigned to the Behavioral Health and Sciences (BH&S;) Care Line, and will manage comprehensive psychiatric/medical care for patients in assigned clinical areas including but not limited to inpatient psychiatric and/or non-psychiatric unit/s, residential, emergency department, consultation & liaison, outpatient clinics including but not limited to mental health, substance use and primary care mental health integration services, etc. within BH&S; at the Lebanon VA Medical Center and its VA Clinics under the clinical oversight of the respective collaborating/supervising physician (for psychiatric and medical care), and as per respective scope of practice. With your primary responsibilities focusing on managing all aspects of psychiatric care including psychopharmacological interventions and treatments for Veterans seeking ongoing or time limited treatment for the full range of psychiatric disorders Lebanon VA Medical Center and its VA Clinics, during your regular clinical schedule and/or on-duty hours, you will accept substantial and continuing responsibility and accountability for planning, coordinating and controlling a complex integrated health care practice. In addition to above responsibilities, you will provide clinical/ educational oversight and supervision of physician assistant students rotating through the VA Medical Center's clinical programs. Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: The majority of daily working hours performed by members of our behavioral health team are scheduled between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm; however, the expansion of mental health services requires flexible clinic hours, including evening and/ or weekend hours, in addition to rotational & on-call weekend and holiday coverage.

NOTE: Should the mission of this facility's patient care dictate, the incumbent(s) may be reassigned to other BH&S; services at the medical center or any of its VA Clinics.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/ 000000

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:

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

  • Education. Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations AND a bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

PAs on VA rolls prior to the implementation date of this standard (i.e. September 5, 2014) who do not meet the minimum academic level of a Bachelor's degree are exempted from this requirement.

  • Certification. Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. PAs on VA rolls prior to March 12, 1993 who are not NCCPA certified remain exempt from the NCCPA certification requirement. However, a PA who subsequently became or becomes certified is no longer exempt and must maintain certification as a condition of employment.

  • English Language Proficiency. PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

Grade Determination: The minimum education for the Chief grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted from the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.

Preferred Experience: Clinical experience in mental health.

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 Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G8, Physician Assistant 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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking 6-8 hours; Standing 6-8 hours; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and mental and emotional stability required.

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.

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

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.

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $84,532.00 to $109,896.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450149800

Job Announcement Number: YC-16-JLS-1798433-BU-SR