Job Overview


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 948764

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.

Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS) is seeking an accomplished executive leader to be the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Mental Health Service (MHS). The ACOS 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. Though Social Work, nursing, and psychologist have their own service lines, the ACOS MHS must work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary manner to ensure MH services are provided seamlessly. Acute inpatient unit and residential mental health treatment services is located at our Tuskegee Campus and emergency room mental health services are located at the Montgomery Campus. Both campuses have a continuum of outpatient mental health services including general mental health clinics, PTSD treatment, addictions treatment, Tele-mental health services, primary care mental health, programs for Veterans with serious mental illness, and vocational rehabilitation services. The ACOS for MHS is administratively and clinically responsible for all MHS staff and programs at all CAVHCS sites. Mental health services are located at our CBOC’s at Dothan, AL and Columbus, GA. 

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 in Dothan, Alabama, Monroeville, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia. The Primary Duty Station for this position is at the Tuskegee Alabama Campus. The incumbent may be required to work at the other locations as required. 

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Special Employment Consideration:

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/Recruitment 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


PHYSICIAN (PSYCHIATRIST): VM-0602-15 ($120,000 - $235,000)

NURSE: VN-0610-IV ($88,740 - $118,022)

PSYCHOLOGIST: GS-0180-14 ($96,690 - $125,695)

SOCIAL WORKER: GS-0185-14 ($96,690 - $125,695)

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


The incumbent will lead a multidisciplinary staff in the delivery of health care to our nation's veterans.  The Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health (ACOS MH) 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 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. He/She 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. 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.