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Job Title:  Chief of Mental Health Service
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-519-13-NR882200slf

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$96,690.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Big Spring, TX View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 882200

Salary: To be determined by 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.    

 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. 

To find out more, go to

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.


  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Position Description Title/PD#: Functional Statement-000000


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This Vacancy Announcement has been ammended to reflect that this position
can be filled locally in Big Spring, TX as well as one our Community
Based Outpaitent Clinics's located in Odessa, Abilene, San Angelo, TX or
Hobbs, NM
Applicants still interested who have applied need not re-apply.
This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or
qualifications of this position. This position is the full time Chief of Mental 
Service, at The George H. O'Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center, for The West Texas VA Health
Care System, Big Spring, TX. The Chief of Mental Health Service will provide executive
level leadership in the establishment and maintenance of high standards of care in areas
for Mental Health care.  He/she will lead a multidisciplinary staff in the delivery of
Mental Health care to our nation's Veterans.  The position is primarily responsible for
strategic planning for the provisions of Mental Health care in both the inpatient and
outpatient area and coordination of fee basis care of inpatient care; managing care
through planning, prioritizing and coordinating resources; assuring compliance with
regulatory/accreditation standards as well as VA performance measure 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
Hobbs, New Mexico.
Please note: This is not moving expenses (PCS). If incentive is approved, itcomes
with a 2 year service agreement and is not paid out until incumbent is employed with facility
Work Schedule:Monday thru Friday




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  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • License, Registration, Certification Requirements: 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.

  • 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.
    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 (*):
    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.
    a. 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
     *(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.

  • References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18,PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, MARCH 2006.
    Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
     DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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 VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

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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Physical Requirements: The work is mainly sedentary, but may require moderate lifting, light lifting, reaching above shoulders, walking, bending, standing,and/or carrying oflight items such as files and manuals.


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.

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 Thursday, April 24, 2014.

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 882200.
  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. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  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.


Silvia Fitzgibbons
Phone: (432)263-7361x4820
Agency Information:
VHA West Texas VA HCS Big Spring
Department of Veterans Affairs
300 Veterans Blvd
Big Spring, TX


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 Thursday, April 24, 2014.

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