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Job Title:Physician (Psychiatrist), Chief Mental Health Officer

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JV-13-344CNW-926501

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$130,000.00 to $245,000.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 17, 2013 to Thursday, August 15, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Duluth, GA United StatesView Map


Current, permanent VA employees


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 926501



NOTE: This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date from 8/6/2013, add information in the overview and remove supervisory controls in the duties.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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.


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



NOTE:  Only applications for the psychiatrist will be accepted under this VIN.  To be considered for the physician, nurse, psychologist or social worker, you must apply under the appropriate VIN.


If you are looking for an exciting career challenge, the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 7) in Duluth, GA is searching for a Psychiatrist, Physician, Nurse, Psychologist or Social Worker to serve as the Chief, Mental Health Officer (CMHO) at the VISN level. The Chief Mental Health Officer (CMHO) duties include, but are not limited to providing clinical leadership; be proficient in both the clinical aspects of the organization and delivery of health services; manage components necessary to guide large cadres of health professionals; management of clinical quality and efficiency and planning and evaluation of programs; promote change and marshal the collaboration of clinicians and others in constructively adapting to organizational change; and coordinate strategic planning efforts for health care delivery.

VISN 7 consists of eight health care institutions in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. VISN 7 is the third largest VISN, in terms of both Veteran population and patients served. It provides coverage for over 380,000 unique Veterans. VISN 7 serves 25 Congressional Districts, 13 Vet Centers, eight State Veterans Homes, three VBA Regional Offices, Seven National Cemeteries and three State Veteran Cemeteries. VISN 7 continues to be Veteran-centric and maintain inpatient, outpatient and transition services second to none. Our mental health programs include 242 inpatient mental health beds, 181 domiciliary beds, and a variety of outpatient mental health. A highly qualified candidate will have evidence of leadership experience with mental health services to be able to manage these complex problems in a matrix organization.

The incumbent's duty station will be in Duluth, GA.  

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.


  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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The VISN Chief Mental Health Officer (CMHO) is a network level position that coordinates and plans for mental health care throughout the VISN. The incumbent directs a large, complex mental health programs at the VISN level.This individual is selected by and reports to the VISN Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Responsibilities include overall planning, direction, and execution of mental health care especially related to the implementation of the Uniform Mental Health Benefits Package. services.This individual determines long range plans and works to assure that implementation of program goals are carried out. Consultation is provided to the Chiefs of Mental Health at the eight VA Medical Centers, other VISN programs, and serves as the VISN representative to Office of Mental Health Operations in VA Central Office.


Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


· Develops, implements, and leads team management groups to effectively accomplish goals, focus on customer needs, assure and maintain quality, and accomplish mission and vision.


· Monitors and evaluates VISN compliance with the components set forth in Uniform Mental Health Services in VA Medical Centers and Clinics Handbook as well as all other related VHA directives, handbooks, manual, memorandums, policies, program guides, and information letters. Develops, obtains appropriate approval, and implements plans to address gaps when they exist.


· Lead the VISN mental health business direction through strategic planning, program implantation, customer focus, and team based-management.


· Efficient operation of VISN Mental Health services through cost effective systems, productivity, efficiency, and new program and procedures.


· Provides support/consultation regarding a full range of behavioral health services, including assessment and using the most appropriate clinical techniques in providing quality care.


· Coordinates efforts to meet performance standards in mental health for the VISN.


· Conducts evaluations of specific features of VISN mental health care as needed.


· Presents recommendations to the Executive Leadership Committee regarding changes needed in mental health care across the VISN.


· Develops and expands the VISN Mental Health program's capacities, responsiveness, and image within the VISN and community.


· Maintains clinical expertise and specific discipline requirements for licensure and practice in his/her clinical discipline as well as having a working knowledge of licensure requirements and qualification standards of all mental health professionals.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm


Appraised Value Offer (AVO), formally known as GHBO, may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will be reimbursed 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


Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.


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Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when no qualified citizens are available in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee).

Education: Based on core discipline. 

Board Certification:  Must be board certified or eligible. 

Licensure: Current, full and unrestricted license to practice in your core discipline in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. You must maintain current registration/licensure in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

Physical Standards/Requirements:  All applicants must be physically, emotionally and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. Incumbent must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.

English Language Proficiency: Applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 


Experience:  You must have at least one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this position that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.


Salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board based on your education, qualifications and experience.


Physician - Your 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: a. Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Associate of American Medical colleges for the year in which the degree was granted, b. Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted, c. Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia) as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure). You must be Board eligible or Board certified.

Nurse - School of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. A list of approved schools of nursing may be obtained from: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Psychologist - Must hold a doctoral degree in Psychology from an accredited college or university approved by the American Psychology Association (APA). Must hold a current and unrestricted license in psychology and have 3 years of post doctoral experience appropriate to the specialty area of the position. For GS-15, one year of experience must have been at a level of difficulty comparable to that of the next lower grade in the Federal service.

Social Worker - Master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Licensed or certified to independently practice social work in a state.

For all disciplines: Demonstrated evidence of excellence in medical administration, leadership, teaching, clinical practice, and research is desirable.


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).



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: 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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application 
checklist or visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees in this position 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.


Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Bargaining Unit Status: None

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the questionaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process to submit your application package. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850 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 ( 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 before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible if not completed properly.

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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 926501. 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.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 on Thursday, August 15, 2013


The following documents are required for all applicants:

· Résumé / CV: For each job/position listed, you must include a job title, detailed duties, month and year for each start/end date and if full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.

· SF-50: All VA employees, submit a copy of your latest SF-50 (that's not an award SF-50).

· The appropriate VA Application Form as follows: 

       -Physicians/Psychiatrists only submit: VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists and Chiropractors (Available at: ).

       -Nurses only submit: VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at: ).

       -All others submit: VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at: 

· Responses to the questionnaire

· Copy of your current, active license

· Copy of your transcripts


All forms must be complete AND signed.

The following documents should be submitted, if applicable to you:

 · To receive Veterans Preference, you must submit: Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy).

· Disabled Veterans & those claiming 10-Point Preference must submit: SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) along with the supporting documents required by that form. Please read page 2 of the form for acceptable supporting documents. (Available at: )

NOTE: The information provided on these documents will be the main source for determining your qualifications and eligibility for this position. Be sure to give complete and accurate information. If you do not furnish documents or your information is incomplete, inaccurate or illegible, it may not be possible to determine your eligibility and you will not receive further consideration for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the correct forms and documentation. Additional guidance on completing these forms is available from HRMS.

Here is a listing of the appropriate VINs for each different discipline:


Psychologist, Chief Mental Health Officer


Physician, Chief Mental Health Officer


Physician (Psychiatrist), Chief Mental Health Officer


Social Worker, Chief Mental Health Officer


RN, Chief Mental Health



HRMS-Staffing Service Line
Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
Agency Information:
3700 Crestwood Pkwy
Duluth, GA


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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