Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 816475

The incumbent will work in Mental Health Service Line, Seattle Division and American Lake Division. Travel between the Seattle Division and the American Lake Division is required. 

PLEASE NOTE: The announcement has been amended. Those who previously applied need not re-apply. This announcement will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed periodically on the following dates:

  • February 28, 2013
  • March 29, 2013
  • April 30, 2013
  • May 31, 2013
  • June 28, 2013
  • July 31, 2013
  • August 30, 2013
  • September 30, 2013
  • October 30, 2013
  • November 30, 2013
  • December 30, 2013


PHYSICIAN (PSYCHIATRIST): VM-0602-15  ($120,000 - $235,000)

NURSE: VN-0610-IV  ($90,186 - $119,941)

PSYCHOLOGIST: GS-0180-15  ($121,357 - $155,500)

SOCIAL WORKER: GS-0185-14  ($103,169 - $134,118)

Salary: To be determined by a Compensation Panel or Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

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.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.



VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) is seeking an accomplished leader to be the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Mental Health Service (MHS). The ACOS will lead a dynamic service line treating Veterans who reside in the Puget Sound region of western Washington. MHS is an integrated care line with over 375 employees, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and a variety of ancillary therapists. Acute inpatient and emergency room mental health services are located at the Seattle Division which is a 1A tertiary facility, and residential mental health treatment services are located at the American Lake (Tacoma) Division. Both divisions have a continuum of outpatient mental health services including general mental health clinics, specialty PTSD treatment, addictions treatment, tele-mental health services, primary care mental health, programs for Veterans with serious mental illness, and vocational rehabilitation services. The ACOS for MHS is administratively and clinically responsible for all MHS staff and programs at all VAPSHCS sites.

VAPSHCS has a strong academic affiliation with the University of Washington School of Medicine and is one of the core training sites for the medical school. Because the MHS trains a large number of health care professionals, the candidate will need experience in developing and maintaining excellent clinical training programs. 

The ACOS for MHS is directly accountable to the VAPSHCS Management Team for day-to-day operations of the Service and is accountable to the Chief of Staff for clinical program administration and overall compliance to VA policies and procedures. The candidate should possess clinical and administrative experience to provide oversight for a wide variety of Mental Health programs. The candidate should be interested in promoting performance optimization in the area of mental health services.


The incumbent will lead a multidisciplinary staff in the delivery of health care to our nation's veterans.  The incumbent will be expected to clinically practice within their specialty approximately 25% time (0.25 FTEE) and perform administrative duties a minimum of half time (0.5 FTEE).  The position may allow up to 25% time for clinical research or educational activities (0.25 FTEE).  The incumbent will report to the Chief of Staff.  The incumbent is responsible for the supervision and management of all mental health services at VAPSHCS; this includes all inpatient and outpatient mental health services at the Seattle Division, as well as residential and outpatient services provided at the American Lake Division.  The incumbent will provide executive-level leadership in the establishment and maintenance of high standards of care in all areas.  The incumbent must have significant leadership, mentoring, and management experience as well as strong health care operations and planning experience and be able to demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and clinical practice.

MHS has training programs that involve medical students, psychiatry residents, psychiatry fellows, psychology interns, psychology fellows and other allied health professionals. The incumbent will be expected to maintain a close working relationship with the University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and to promote training excellence. MHS has active research programs, including the VISN 20 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center. Past research experience is desirable as the incumbent will need to foster the current MHS clinical research programs.

Additional duties include: strategic planning for the provision of mental health care at VAPSHCS in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas; managing care through planning, prioritizing and coordinating budget needs; assuring compliance with regulatory/accreditation standards as well as VA performance measures and quality standards; monitoring and promoting compliance with VA regulations pertaining to professional standards and ethical conduct; promoting cooperation and compliance of the clinical staff with federal and state law and regulations, medical staff bylaws and rules, facility policies, and Joint Commission standards as applicable; monitoring and assuring prompt access and high quality inpatient and outpatient mental health care across the system; recruiting, hiring, and retaining high quality staff.

Relocation expenses have been authorized.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized.

Travel Required

  • Not Required