Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 886416 

 The Central Alabama Veteran Health Care System (CAVHCS) is a consolidated health care system that  includes VA Medical Centers in Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama as well as Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC)  in Dothan Alabama, Ft. Rucker Alabama and Columbus Georgia.  The Primary Duty Station for this position is Tuskegee, AL.


Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS) is seeking an accomplished executive leader to be the Chief for Mental Health Service (MHS). The Chief will lead a dynamic service line treating Veterans who reside in Alabama and western Georgia. MHS is an integrated care line, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and a variety of ancillary therapists.  


OUR MISSION: 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. 


**This position is also currently posted as a Psychiatrist, Social Worker and Nurse **


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.


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. 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
 The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to




The Chief for MHS is directly accountable to the CAVHCS 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 65% time (0.65 FTEE). The position may allow up to 10% time for educational activities (0.10 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 CAVHCS; this includes all inpatient and outpatient mental health services at the Tuskegee/Montgomery, Alabama, as well as residential and outpatient services provided in surrounding communities. 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.

The incumbent  provides strategic planning for the provision of mental health care at CAVHCS 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.