Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Addiction Therapist in Fresno, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1985580

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?

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

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.


This position is located within the Substance Use Disorder Program section of the Mental Health Service, Central California Healthcare System, Fresno. The incumbent treats assigned patients suffering from substance abuse and other addictive disorders. This treatment of addictive disorders includes attending the psychological, behavioral and spiritual aspects of the disorder(s). This treatment involves assisting patients to begin to rebuild their lives which have been severely affected or destroyed by addictive problems. The incumbent actively participates in the professional treatment of patients within the guidelines and mission of the respective Mental Health treatment program.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides substance abuse evaluation and recommendations for Veterans participating in the program.
  • Conducts therapeutic short-term, in-depth counseling and documents in accordance with specific guidelines and may occasionally handle crisis intervention or other emergency situations without specific instructions under the supervision of the Supervisory Addiction Therapist and SUDP Medical Director.
  • Conducts group, family and individual counseling sessions; observes Veteran behaviors and reaction patterns for use in reviewing and modifying treatment and/or follow-up plans.
  • Conducts group classes to support patient recovery, e.g., Dual Diagnosis, Anger Management, AA, NA, 12-step facilitation and others as assigned.
  • Functions as a facilitator or co-facilitator in providing counseling for problems that surround the inappropriate use/misuse of substances.
  • Helps the patient recognize the nature of his/her addictive problem and helps him/her stay focused on his/her treatment goals and objectives.
  • Supervises collection of urine specimens.
  • Helps the patient understand and work with the treatment plan by assessing the success and problems in achieving established treatment goals.
  • Makes and implements adjustments in the treatment plan in conjunction with the input from the multidisciplinary team.

  • The incumbent will respond to Veteran Crisis situations in a timely manner with the goal of assisting the Veteran to maintain a positive and effective relationship with the staff, family and other Veterans. Veteran and staff safety will take priority in any crisis.

  • Completed work is reviewed from an overall standpoint in meeting Veterans' needs and providing effective and comprehensive individual and group therapy to Veterans.
  • Will serve as a treatment case manager for an assigned group of patients in the psychosocial rehabilitation component of SUDP.
  • Develops comprehensive treatment plans for rehabilitation of veterans suffering from substance use disorders.
  • The incumbent uses initiative in carrying out therapeutic and rehabilitation interventions which are consistent with the overall program philosophy and design.
  • The incumbent functions most of the time in an independent manner under the broad supervision of the Supervisory Addiction Therapist.

Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm (some evening hours as needed).

Position Description Title/PD#: Addiction Therapist/00289A

This position does not require filing a financial disclosure report.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

PCS/Relocation allowances are not authorized.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Time in Grade Restrictions apply
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Basic Requirements:

*Basic Educational Requirement: *A bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited institution in a behavioral science, social science, or any directly related discipline that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position. Transcript must be submitted with your application to verify this requirement (degree type and date conferred must be indicated).


Combination of Education and Experiencethat provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Four years of appropriate experiencethat demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

Specialized Experience:

GS-09: *Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Examples of qualifying experience would typically include, but are not limited to: providing substance abuse/addiction therapy to a wide variety of patients; screening patients to identify the existence of substance abuse; devising graduated treatment plans with multidisciplinary team members; providing group and individual counseling; administering specialized/diversified treatments for patients with substance abuse problems; utilizing psychological development theories in evaluating behavior and reactions to treatment. *(Your experience must be detailed in your resume to receive full credit.)


Applicants may substitute education for experience required for the GS-9 level. Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree. Education must be in a field involving therapeutic counseling (behavioral science, social science, etc.)


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-09. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. (Transcript Required)

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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.

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:The work is mostly sedentary. However, the incumbent regularly participates in recreational activities that are part of the therapeutic program. These activities include sporting activities such as ping-pong, softball and other sports.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

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:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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.

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 job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-12 to 2017-08-01

Salary: $49,765 to $64,697 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09

Series: 0101 Social Science

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: NP-17-JJD-1985580-BU

Control number: 474249500