Job Description

Job Summary

Chillicothe, Ohio is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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?


If you are looking for an exciting career challenge, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Chillicothe, Ohio is searching for Psychiatrist, Nurse, Clinical Psychologist, or Social worker for the Chief, Mental Health Serv

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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 at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also providemany other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Additional information:

  • Competitive salary and benefits are offered.
  • Moving expenses (PCS) not authorized.


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.


Experience as a Clinical Administrator/Executive Strongly Preferred

The Chief, Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) is a facility-level position that coordinates and plans for both inpatient and outpatient mental health services at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, its five Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and one outreach center.  The incumbent is a key member of the organization’s clinical leadership team, reporting directly to the Medical Center Chief of Staff.  He/She ensures compliance with federal, national and local regulatory policy and accreditation requirements governing the medical center, and is responsible for strategic planning, budget and resource oversight, staff recruitment/management, and quality assurance within the Care Line.  To effectively do so, incumbent must possess skills in management theory, cost-benefit analysis, data gathering and statistical analysis.

The Chief, MHCL is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing and coordinating a comprehensive patient management/clinical support/administrative program which provides services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements related to inpatient and outpatient care and the treatment of our Veteran patients.  Expertise along broad clinical and administrative levels is required to meet the needs of a large, complex patient population, and to integrate care line functions with those of other care lines within the medical center, with other VA entities both in and outside Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 10, and with a variety of community partners across our catchment area.

The Chillicothe VA Medical Center sponsors a pharmacy PGY 2 residency in psychiatric clinical pharmacy and a psychology internship program.  The medical center also has psychiatry residents from affiliated academic sponsors. Each academic program has an independent program director who reports directly to the medical center’s Academic Affairs Department.  Other trainees include medical, nursing, social work and other students.  Incumbent will work with Academic Affairs to ensure proper faculty support for sponsored training programs.

Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·         Provides leadership to MHCL clinical and administrative staff to effectively accomplish goals, focus on customer needs, assure and maintain quality of care, and accomplish the mission and vision of both the MHCL and the Chillicothe VA Medical Center.  Oversees clinical and administrative performance measures.

·         Develops Mental Health Care Line policies and procedures consistent with VHA directives; develops care line-specific and medical center policies and procedures which maintain VA-required accreditation by Joint Commission, CARF, and other mental health accrediting organizations.

·         Develops program goals and objectives to meet VHA Mental Health requirements and those set forth by VISN 10 and the medical center.

·         Monitors and evaluates program compliance with the components set forth in the Uniform Mental Health Services in VA Medical Center and Clinics Handbook as well as other related VHA directives, handbooks, manuals, memorandums, policies, program guides, and information letters.  Incumbent develops, obtains appropriate approval, and implements plans to address gaps in services when they exist.

·         Serves on a variety of medical center planning committees, advisory groups and planning teams; may be called upon to serve on such groups at the VISN and/or national level.

·         Assures appropriate, timely, and effective management of Veteran complaints and issues.

·         Assures appropriate training related to Mental Health issues is completed by all care line staff involved in direct patient care activities.

·         Oversees the hiring of professional staff for the MHCL.

·         Directly supervises both clinical and administrative personnel.

Tour of Duty:Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This position may require evenings and/or weekends.

Additional Information

What To Expect Next


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.




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, thrift savings plan, 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

Other Information

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

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

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.

How to Apply

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   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.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, 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: TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:

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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: TAG:VacancyID.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

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

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.    CV or Resume.

2.   Most Recent Performance Appraisal (Facility Employees)

3.    VA Form 10-2850c - Applicationfor Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

4.    Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

5. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

6    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   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  

7.    SF-50  (No AWARD SF-50 will be accepted)ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE?  You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action."  This is the most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status (If you are a career or a career-conditional employee) and identifies your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). 

Note: All forms must be signed and dated appropriately.