Assistant Chief of Mental Health, Physician (Psychiatry)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1107782
NOTE: This VHA leadership position can be filled with any one of the following four core mental health professional disciplines: Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Social Work. The announcements for these occupations have been posted in USAJOBS. For application information concerning these announcements, go to the announcement numbers listed below (in USAJOBS) as follows:
Nurse Practitioner - VIN Number: 1107786
Psychology - VIN Number: 1106097
Psychiatry - VIN Number: 1107782
Social Worker VIN Number: 1106505
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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.
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US citizenship and English language proficiency Board Certified or Board 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
The Assistant Chief for Mental Health Service, is responsible for supporting the mission and vision of the mental health program, by providing clinical and administrative oversight of MH staff. The incumbent will serve under the leadership of the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS)/ Chief of Mental Health Services, and will assist with implementation of quality improvement measures and service priorities/ objectives. This position may be filled with a Psychiatrist, Nurse Practioner, Psychologist, or Social Worker.
The incumbent will assist the ACOS for MH in the following areas :
Defining the mission and vision of the mental health program, developing the scope of practice for employees assigned, designing plan of care, and assuring implementation of quality improvement measures along with developing action plans to meet performance measures.
Designates service priorities and objectives, supervises programs and supervises and evaluates performance of staff assigned to the program.
Responsible for advising the ACOS for MH of specific clinical or administrative issues within the Mental Health Service and within the Medical Center.
Serves as a consultant and advisor to subordinates and peers.
Diagnose and treat mental disorders using the most appropriate techniques in providing quality care.
Perform assessments and evaluations for veterans with a variety of mental health disorders.
Provide supervision, as appropriate, of trainees conducting direct clinical care.
Be responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center as appropriate and outcome data as appropriate.
Consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues.
Remain involved in program evaluation.
Provides leadership guidance and consultation to staff.
Has administrative supervision of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, addiction therapists and administrative staff.
Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees.
Serves on Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces.
Represents Mental Health Service on decision-making committees at the Medical Center.
Represents the Medical Center at professional/program community group/events and committees.
Develops responses to controlled correspondence at the Medical Center, VISN, and VACO levels as directed by ACOS for MH.
Assists in the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within programs using data-driven quality assurance processes.
Is responsible for timely completion of all program evaluations and documents required by the Medical Center, VISN, and VACO, ensuring compliance with appropriate accrediting bodies (such as JCAHO) and monitoring entities (such as NEPEC), as appropriate.
Has programmatic oversight and shared responsibility.
Has responsibility to assist in oversight of the Mental Health Standard Benefits Plan with regard to requests for and management of resources.
Assists ACOS for MH in resource allocations within Mental Health Service Line to ensure efficient operation.
Work Schedule : Monday-Friday 7:30 to 4:00pm
Physical Requirements : Physical requirements include moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.); light lifting (under 15 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (1 hour intermittently); standing (2 hours intermittently); ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable to 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted). Candidate selected will be required to complete a pre-employment physical.
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.
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.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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 .
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described below in the "Required Documents" section. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and,
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1107782
2. Fax your documents to .
Required Documents:
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Occupational Questionnaire
2. CV or Resume
3. VA Form 10- 2850 - Application For Physicians, Dentist, Podiatrists, and Optometrists - Available at
4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
5. Unofficial transcript(s) (official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired)
6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at
7. Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
8. If currently employed by the Federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
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 Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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