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Job Title:CHIEF OF MENTAL HEALTH (PSYCHOLOGIST)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VA-619-13-886416-LB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 10, 2013 to Thursday, May 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Tuskegee, AL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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  http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

Citizenship.  United States.

Education.  (1) 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.    (Submit unofficial copy of transcript).

 

Licensure. 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.

 

Senior Program Manager.  Senior psychologist program managers have very broad responsibility for multiple programs or have responsibility for a large service organization that is of considerable scope, size, and complexity.

 

English Language Proficiency.   In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in spoken and written English.

 

Assignments.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.  

 

Senior psychologist program managers have full responsibility for oversight of the professional practice of psychology in large medical centers, generally with many psychologists, and ensure the highest quality of psychological care provided to veterans throughout the facility and its affiliated clinics.  

 

    a.  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

    (1)  Skill in managing and directing the work of large, complex organizational units and in applying effective management practices.

 

    (2)  Ability to balance responsibilities in a complex environment and to work with great autonomy; ability to set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze complex organizational problems; and ability to develop and implement effective solutions for those problems.

 

    (3)  Skill in persuasion, negotiation, and motivation to negotiate multiple program policies.

 

    (4)  Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees and other managers using advanced consultation and problem solving skills.

 

    (5)  Ability to assess need for basic and complex services across multiple programmatic patient care venues.

 

    (6)  Ability to coordinate the efforts of multiple program elements across a complex system.

 

    (7)  Skill in the application and analysis of measurement tools to systems issues. 

 

 

Physical Requirements: This position is primarily Managerial but the series of Social Worker can require the ability to stand, walk, push, pull, lift and bend for prolonged periods of time. 
 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References:  VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARDS dated March 17, 2006 or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc .


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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:

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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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Comprehesive CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire  
  4. 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  6. Copy of unofficial transcript
  7. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf ) This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. (This form is not required for CAVHCS employees).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lisa Brown
Phone: (334)725-3022x
Email: LISA.BROWN10@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Alabama HCS Tuskegee
2400 Hospital Road
Human Resources
Tuskegee, AL
36083-5001

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

VA-619-13-886416-LB

Control Number:

343436100