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Job Title:  Psychologist - Chief of Mental Health
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  LW-12-PPh-798433

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 30, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Roseburg, OR United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 798433

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education and experience.

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?

More than a century ago, President Lincoln made a promise to America's servicemen and women, pledging the care and concern of a grateful Nation for the sacrifices they made to preserve freedom. Today the VA continues to honor that promise. Every job at VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be a part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve. Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs provides you with the opportunity to work for the largest, most comprehensive health care system in the United States. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

This position is with the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, in Roseburg, OR. Roseburg is centrally located in Southwestern Oregon and you will find an excellent quality of life in a family-oriented community. With the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the beautiful coastline to the west, activities abound for outdoor enthusiast. Plus, Roseburg has all the amenities of a larger city while still offering the relaxed atmosphere of a small town environment. For more information on the Roseburg Area, please visit the following links:

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointment are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more .


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


NOTE: This VHA leadership position can also be filled in any one of the following four core mental health professional disciplines: psychiatry, nursing, 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:


Social Work - VIN Number:798436

Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - VIN Number: 798438

Psychiatrist - VIN Number: 798428


The Chief of Mental Health Services (CMHS) is a clinical and administrative position that provides leadership and administrative control over the inpatient and outpatient Mental Health Programs within VA Roseburg Healthcare System. In addition to observance of federal, national, and local regulatory policy and accreditation requirements governing this Health Care System, this position encompasses responsibilities overseen by the Chief Mental Health Service Line. The Mental Health Service Line includes programs of acute inpatient care, outpatient care, Substance Abuse and PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, Homeless Veterans Care Programs , Specialty Programs such as OEF/OIF and Suicide Prevention. Mental Health personnel are located at Roseburg, Eugene, N. Bend and other coastal areas. This position is a clinical and management position that supports our mission through administrative leadership, direct patient care, and oversight of Mental Health clinical, educational, and community activities. In short, the Chief Mental Health Services (CMHS) has programmatic, clinical, and administrative responsibilities for the following elements: Outpatient mental health, psychology services, both substance abuse and PTSD residential programs, mental health intensive case management (MHICM), when reinstated, homeless (HUD/VASH), mental health integration into primary care, suicide prevention, vocational rehabilitation, recovery oriented services, evidence based treatments, gender specific services, and the incorporation of telemental health into every provider’s clinic to ensure coverage of all mental health services across the healthcare system. These programs include high rates of activity and involve both independent and collaborative involvement. The Chief Mental Health services retain full responsibility for program designs, goals, and organizational goals that include meeting target for mission critical performance measures and outcomes of programs. The incumbent coordinates and provides consultation on issues related to personnel, budget and forecast projections and participates with leaders from the governing body, management and clerical staff in upholding the hospital mission, vision, value and strategic plan. Interacts with the community as needed on behalf of the medical center when applicable. He/she sees to appropriate completion of paperwork items relating to staffing recruitment and proficiencies and is thoroughly familiar with the Uniformed Mental Health Services Benefits Package produced by the VISN 20 network. Functions in an advisory capacity to administration and clinical leadership in evaluating proposed changes as they relate to patient care. The incumbent coordinates and provides consultation on issues related to personnel, budget and forecast projections. He/she participates with leaders from the governing body, management and clerical staff in upholding the hospital mission, vision, value and strategic plan. He/she interacts with the community as needed on behalf of the medical center.


The Mental Health Chief functions as a provider and oversees care provided to patients in mental health. This includes identifying the patient’s medical problems, defining the medical management of these problems, and determining the need for consultation from medical/surgical/psychiatric subspecialty clinics. The Chief consults/collaborates with the other members of the healthcare team to coordinate care across the spectrum of services offered.


The incumbent executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence organizational mission and health care, as described above. The incumbent is responsible for planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating a program that encompasses a wide range of facility/healthcare system/VISN/CO activities. This includes setting long and short-range goals for the program that are interlinked with goals of the facility/healthcare system/VISN/CO. S/he oversees creation and maintenance of a positive organizational climate and culture including such issues as work environment, diversity, employee recognition, and safety. The incumbent has direct involvement with elected officials on VA related issues/concerns, i.e. members of Congress, VSO, State and Local.


Hours of Work: Full time




Recruitment/Relocation incentives may be authorized.



The basic requirements for employment as a VHA psychologist are prescribed by: Public Law 96-151 codified in Title 38, U.S.C. § 7402. To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

a. Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible

to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. 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.


(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.

c. Licensure: 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



d. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


English Language Proficiency: Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. 


Specialized Experience:

At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs for that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):


Assignments: For all assignments above the full performance level,which is the GS-11 level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.




Licensure: 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



Experience: In addition to the experience requirements at the GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of, and ability to apply, advanced professional psychological theories and techniques

to the full range of patient populations.

2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology

and behavioral health.

3. Knowledge of clinical research literature.

4. For supervisory assignments

    a. Ability to provide supervision in areas related to behavioral health and social services provision in

    order to accomplish the organizational goals and objectives.

    b. Ability to provide fair, principled and decisive leadership for a work environment that

    promotes shared accountability.

Assignments: This is the full performance level for staff psychologists. At this level psychologists are licensed at the doctoral level to practice independently in the provision of psychological services consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. They are assigned to any VHA program and setting, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, Vet Centers, and the VHA National Center for Organizational


Supervisory Psychologists:At this level supervisory psychologists typically have collateral

supervisory duties primarily for non-professional staff, although a small number of professional staff may be supervised as well (i.e., less than three). Supervisory psychologists at this level may be assigned to any program area and may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. At this level, supervisory psychologists independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.



Supervisory Psychologist: Individuals designated as supervisory psychologists have supervisory

responsibility for subordinates. Supervisory psychologists also have line and staff authority for resource allocations within the area of responsibility and ensure the efficient operation of the organizational unit.  Examples of assignments in this category include (but are not limited to) chief of psychology, chief of a patient care service line, or department or division director. Responsibilities include supervision of staff, professional management, and administrative responsibilities that are complex in scope and that constitute a significant component of the medical center. Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 (1) Ability to effectively supervise and manage subordinate employees.

*(2) Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees.

*(3) Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided and each venue.

 (4) Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution.

 (5) Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.

*(6) Skill in working collaboratively with other disciplines and supervisors.

in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.





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. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. (Transcript are required)

This position is in the Excepted Service. Initial appointment to this position is subject to the recommendation of the Psychologist Professional Standards Board and approval by the Medical Center Director. Grade and salary is recommended by the professional standards board and will be based on the personal qualification of the candidate selected (i.e. education, certifications, experience, etc.)

It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs that all health care professionals who claim licensure, certification, or registration must be credentialed in the VetPro system. VetPro is an internet enabled data bank that facilitates primary source review of all credentials related to employment. The VetPro process must be completed prior to appointment to this position.

This position is designated for random drug screening. All 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 the VA.

This position has been determined to one with direct patient care responsibilities and, as such, comes under the provisions of Public Law 95-201, as amended. Person selected under this announcement must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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. To receive preference during the application process you must submit the required documentation with your application packet. For more information on Veterans' Preference, visit

Candidate selected will be required to have a background investigation completed.

Although this position is administrative in nature, candidate selected must meet physical standards in VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Candidate selected will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment physical.


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.


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, 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 .



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 for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


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

This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Non-merit factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, physical handicap, age or membership/non-membership in a labor organization will not be considered in evaluating, ranking, or selection procedures.

Interviews for this position will be conducted using Performance Based Interviewing (PBI). PBI is a selection process that uses interviewing techniques to ask job applicants questions about knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and experience they have that are important in order to successfully perform in the job. For more information on PBI and preparing for PBI interviewing, go to the following website: or contact the Human Resources office.

The primary consideration in making appointments under 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, will be the professional needs of VHA. Consistent with this policy, however, veterans will be given preference when qualifications of candidates are approximately equal. This includes qualified disabled and preference eligible veterans.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

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 (478)757-3144. 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 798433.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Please provide all required documents listed below in your application.  A complete packet must be submitted or applicants may not be considered for this position, and will not be contacted for additional information.


1. CV or Resume(detailed to address FT, PT, weekly hours worked, salary or hourly wage, job title, and duties performed). (required)

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (required)

4. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment. (required)


5. Transcripts to verify education. (required)

In addition, if you are a current or former Federal employee, Veteran or other eligible applicant, you must include the required documents applicable to your status:

6.If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required if applicable).

7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required if applicable). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

9. Required documents for Schedule A eligibility. (required if applicable)

Failure to submit a complete application packet may result in your application being removed from consideration. You will not be contacted for additional information or missing documents.


Pam Phelps
Phone: (541)440-1000x44272
Fax: (541)440-1209
Agency Information:
VHA Roseburg HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resources 05
913 NW Garden Valley Blvd
Roseburg, OR
97471 Fax: (541)440-1209


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents-those missing required document may not be considered) by the closing date of the announcement Tuesday, December 18, 2012, your qualifications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.

After the review, all qualified applicants are sent to service for the selection process. When a candidate is selected, the selectee will be contacted by Human Resources (not the Service making the selection) with a tentative offer of employment, This may take several weeks after the announcement closes. The remaining applicants will be notified that they were referred for consideration but not selected.

The selectee will then have to submit to the required pre-employment screening process of Physical Exam, Suitability for Federal Employment, Credentialing Process and Professional Standards Board Determination. This can take up to 30 days. When all processes are complete and cleared a firm offer of employment will be made to the selectee.

Control Number: 332560600
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