This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  VISN 10 Director - Mental Health Service Line (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, RN, Social Worker)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-NV-13-I-789298

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Cincinnati, OH United States
Columbus, OH United States
Dayton, OH United States
Chillicothe, OH United States
Cleveland, OH United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 789298 (Include # on all documents)







Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) or Compensation Panel. The PSB/compensation Panel is a peer review process. The PSB/compensation Panel will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments. 



How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?




The VISN 10 Director of Mental Health Service Line coordinates and plans for mental health care throughout VISN 10 (Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton). The VISN 10 Director of Mental Health Service Line reports directly to the VISN 10  Director or the VISN Director’s designee.


Preferred work location is Cincinnati, OH VISN 10 Office but other VISN 10 locations MAY be considered. When applying, please select desired location (Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, or Dayton) for consideration.


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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  



  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Submit a complete Application Package- See Required Documents below


The VISN 10 Director of Mental Health Service Line has the overall responsibility for implementing, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, reviewing, evaluating, and improving the operations of mental health services within VISN 10 to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Guides the full implementation of VA Mental Health policies.
  • Develops, implements, and leads team management groups to effectively accomplish goals, focus on customer needs, ensures and maintains quality, and accomplish mission and vision.
  • Supervises the full-time VISN Homeless Coordinator Position/programs
  • Supervises the full-time VISN Mental Health Administrative Officer, Health System Specialist, or Health Science Specialist.
  • Monitors and supports VISN compliance with the components set forth in Uniform Mental Health Services in VA Medical Centers and Clinics Handbook as well as all other related VHA directives, handbooks, manual, memorandums, policies, program guides, and information letters. Develops, obtains appropriate approval, and implements plans to address gaps when they exist.
  • Leads the VISN mental health business direction through strategic planning, program implantation, customer focus, and team based-management.
  • Oversees efficient operation of VISN Mental Health services through cost effective systems, productivity, efficiency, and new program and procedures.
  • Provides support/consultation regarding a full range of behavioral health services, guided by Clinical Practice Guidelines, Directives and knowledge of designated best practices in developing assessments and utilizing the most appropriate clinical techniques in providing quality care.
  • Coordinates efforts to meet performance standards in mental health for the VISN.
  • Conducts evaluations of specific features of VISN mental health care as needed.
  • Presents recommendations to the Executive Leadership Committee regarding changes needed in mental health care across the VISN.
  • Develops and expands the VISN Mental Health program’s capacities, responsiveness, and image within the VISN and community.
  • Maintains clinical expertise and specific discipline requirements for licensure and practice in his/her clinical discipline as well as having a working knowledge of licensure requirements and qualification standards of all mental health professionals.
  • Performs site visits to VISN facilities that provide mental health services when necessary to monitor and/or investigate compliance with regulations and requirements and when requested by the facility or VISN management and other assigned duties.


WORK SCHEDULE:  1st Shift, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position to the best Qualified Candidate.

Relocation Incentives: Relocation Incentives may be authorized for this position.

Appraised Home Value Offer May be Authorized.



This 1 vacancy may be filled by one of the following disciplines - Senior Social Worker, RN, Psychiatrist, or by a Psychologist.

All applicants must meet all of the basic requirements below by the closing date of this announcement to be eligible for this vacancy.



  • U.S. citizenship - Must be a citizen of the United States. 
  • Physical Standards - Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required.
  • English Language Proficiency - Individuals appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).


In addition to the above basic requirements for all positions, below are the education and licensure requirements for the specific positions.



  • Education - Must have a master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.
  • Licensure required for a Senior Social Worker - Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.  Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website


  • Education - (1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed  AND   (2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA. Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.
  • Licensure required for Psychologist - Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a state, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g. Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia. 


  • Education - Must possess a Master's degree in nursing from a state approved school of nursing and accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Licensure required for a RN - Must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse with an active, current, full and unrestricted license. 


  • Education - Must have a 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: (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.
  • Licensure and Registration - Must possess a 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.  The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.   Incumbent must be Board Certified or Board Eligible in Psychiatry. 




NOTE:   Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position.  Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.



Qualification Standards Used for Social Workers - VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39.

Qualification Standards Used for Psychologist- VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix F3.

Qualification Standards Used for RN- VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6.

Qualification Standards Used for Psychiatrist - VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G2.

APPLICANTS 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.

If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.


If you are claiming 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


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and to determine if you are qualified for this particular position. 

Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES will receive a rating of IFM (Ineligible due to missing forms).  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.



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 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.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.

The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. or .



This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities, or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored. Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

Management retains the right to select from any appropriate recruitment methods, such as reassignment, promotion, appointment, transfer, reemployment, reinstatement, or demotion to fill this vacancy. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • Incumbent will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination.

  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a drug testing designated position are subject to random drug screen (urinalysis) for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.

  • Background Investigation: New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Applicants must not be listed on the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusionary List. 

  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.

  • Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

  • Performance Based Interviewing is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process.   Please consult the PBI web site at for further information. 

  • It is VA policy that preference eligibles and other veterans will be given preference when qualifications of candidates are approximately equal.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:

  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
  2. Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.


Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by 11:59 pm EST on  Monday, December 17, 2012


To begin, choose one of these options:

  • If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.
  • If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:   View Occupational Questionnaire 

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever one of the links you used to begin as described above, or simply go to


Uploading your application forms: Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. 


If you are unable to apply on-line:

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire. You can obtain the form at this URL

To fax your occupational questionnaire & required documents:

**Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.

  1. Complete this cover page using the following 789298
  2. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

Applications will not be accepted in person or by mail


You must provide a complete application package. The following documents are required:
1. VA Application Form: (signatures are required on the forms)

2. CV/Resume - Cannot be used in lieu of the required VA Form above (If submitting a resume please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when (MM/YY), and whether you were full-time or part-time.  If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours you worked).  

3. Responses to Occupational Questionnaire:  View Occupational Questionnaire

4. Form OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - signature required on line 17a - Available at

5. Military Service - If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214(s). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also provide supporting documentation and submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference - SF-15

6. Any other documents required by this

7. Current or Former Federal Employees - If currently or formerly employed in the Federal system, include latest Notification of Personnel Action - SF-50. You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action."  The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

Applicants CANNOT be contacted for any required documents listed above. Applicants who submit INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES will receive a rating of INELIGIBLE. Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, erroneous fax transmissions, etc.


Federal forms can be accessed on websites and


The following documents are not required in the application package; however, if you are selected, they will be requested – you may also include them with your initial application package:

  • Performance Evaluations - Two most recent performance evaluations (if available)
  • Unofficial Transcripts - Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position.


Cincinnati Human Resources
Phone: (513)475-6361
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH


You may check the status of your application anytime by simply logging in to Application Manager at: .


Please do not call the Human Resources office to check on the status of your application.

Once the Human Resources department knows any details of this announcement, you will receive a notice via the e-mail address that you provided.

Once the Human Resources Department knows the status of this vacancy, you will know!


After you Submit Your Application...

After the human resources department receives your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the basic requirements of the position. You will be notified by e-mail when this decision is made.  


What happens when your application is referred?

If you meet all of the basic requirements of this position, your application package will be referred to the selecting official in the Mental Health Care Line. Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health (which is not the HR Specialist) looks over all of the applications, he/she will then decide if they would like to contact you for an interview. The interview will be arranged and coordinated by the Selecting Official in Mental Health. You will be notified by e-mail if your name is referred to the selecting official in Mental Health.


After the interviewing process is Complete...

Once the Selecting Official in Mental Health decides on a candidate for the position, they will forward the certificate of eligible's back to the Human Resources Department. All candidates will once again be notified of the outcome via the e-mail address provided.


What does the pre-appointment process entail for the applicant that is selected for this position?
At this point a Human Resources Specialist will call the applicant that was selected by Mental Health to extend to them a tentative job offer. **If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. The more active you are in this process, the quicker you can be brought on board. There are a number of steps in the pre-employment process. Failure to complete the pre-employment process within three (3) calendar days will result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer. Once the selected applicant completes all requirements & all requirements have been verified, you will be contacted by a Human Resources Specialist to discuss an official start date and commitment package.

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