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Job Title:  Director, Community and Residential Care Services
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VP-13-SAW-829667-MHC

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
Friday, February 22, 2013 to Monday, June 24, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tacoma, WA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 829667

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

PLEASE NOTE: This announcement will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed every three weeks beginning on March 15, 2013.





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!

To find out more, go to

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




  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination


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The Director, Community and Residential Care Services provides supervision, direction and oversight to a 64 bed Domiciliary with three tracks, a 20 bed Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) back to work track, a 20 bed PTSD track, and a 24 bed substance Abuse Treatment track; a 24 bed CWT/TR program comprised of 6 community houses; and a vital community reintegration program including supported employment, compensated work therapy and incentive therapy. The Director, Community and Residential Care Services, helps develop and implement policies relating to all phases of Domiciliary, CWT/TR and community reintegration care in coordination with various clinical, allied health, and administrative services within the VA Medical Center. The incumbent is directly responsible for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and controlling of program operations and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Community and Residential Care Program. He/she hires competent staff, provides ongoing supervisory evaluations, and assesses staff competency. He/she coordinates and participates in the orientation and training of new interdisciplinary team members. Extensive problem solving skills are necessary to ensure the consistent provision of high quality services while dealing with unpredictable budget and FTEE constraints that can affect operations. He/she maintains CARF and Joint Commission accreditation for the programs within the Community and Residential Care Services.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized.

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.


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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 – Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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


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, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted, or (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.

First-Year Residency (Internship) – Must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. 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: (1) 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 (2) 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 one year of postgraduate education.

Certification - Must be board certified or board eligible in the area of Psychiatry.


Education – Must 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.

Internship – Must 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 – 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.

Experience – Must have at least one year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level, and must fully meet the KSAs for that level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities– In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).

(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.


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 workmay not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.

Licensure – Must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level.

Experience – Must have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs.

(1) Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.

(2)  Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.

(3) Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers.

(4) Ability to provide administrative supervision and clinical supervision, including supervision for social work licensure.



NOTE: Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described 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.


PHYSICIAN (PSYCHIATRIST): Physician Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2

PSYCHOLOGIST: Psychologist Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18

SOCIAL WORKER: Social Worker Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39

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.


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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.

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.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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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 Monday, June 24, 2013.

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 829667.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. Physicians must provide VA Form 10-2850 (Available at; Psychologists and Social Workers must provide VA Form 10-2850c (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. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at
  7. Veterans should 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.


Shazuth A. Woods
Phone: (206)658-4268
Agency Information:
VHA Puget Sound HCS
1660 S Columbian Way S-005A -HRMS
Seattle, WA


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 U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Monday, June 24, 2013.

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