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Job Title:  Chief Mental Health (Physician, RN, Psychologist, or Social Worker)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-619-13-948764-LB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$88,740.00 to $235,000.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 23, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tuskegee, AL United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


 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.


  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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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.



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All applicants must meet all of the basic requirements below by the closing date of this announcement to be eligible for this vacancy.


U.S. Citizenship –Must be a citizen of the United States.

Physical StandardsApplicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required.

English Language Proficiency – Must be proficient in spoken and written English.


In addition to the above basic requirements for all positions, below are the education, experience, and licensure/registration requirements for the specific positions.



Education – Must have a degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The 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: (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted, or (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

Licensure and Registration – Must possess a current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

First-Year Residency (Internship) – Must have completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate’s acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed one year of postgraduate education.

Certification - Must be board certified or board eligible in the area of Psychiatry.


Education/Experience - Must possess one of the following: (1) Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN AND have approximately 4-5 years of experience, or (2) Doctoral degree in nursing or related field AND have approximately 3-4 years of experience. Education from a school of professional nursing must be approved by the appropriate State agency and accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.


Registration - Must have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.


Education– Must 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.

Internship – Must 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.

Licensure– Must 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.

Experience – Must have at least one year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for that level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities– In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).

(1) Ability to effectively supervise and manage a large group of professional staff.

*(2) Ability to correctly assess qualifications and potential of current and prospective employees.

*(3) Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.

(4) Skill in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units.

*(5) Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates.


Education– Must have a master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social workmay not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.

Licensure – Must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level.

Experience – Must have at least one year of creditable experience comparable to the GS-13 grade level. The experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities– In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs.

(1) Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.

(2) Knowledge of legal, ethical, and professional standards applicable to social work practice.

(3) Ability to develop, maintain, and oversee social work programs in all settings. This includes identifying needs for social work assessment, evaluation, and treatment; determining priority needs for social work services; and recommending adjustments to staffing levels accordingly.

(4) Demonstrated global knowledge of social work practice in health care and mental health settings including resources, and the policies and procedures pertaining to home and community based care, acute care, ambulatory care, long term care, performance measures, and clinical guidelines.

(5) Ability to provide consultation to care line managers and other staff on social work qualification standards, social work practice, social work competency, social work productivity, and social work continuing education.

(6) Ability to provide supervision for social work licensure and practice supervision for facility social workers.


NOTE: Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position. Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.


PHYSICIAN (PSYCHIATRIST): Physician Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2

NURSE: Nurse Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G6

PSYCHOLOGIST: Psychologist Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18

SOCIAL WORKER: Social Worker Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39

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 application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect 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


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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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 05, 2013 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (Physicians must provide VA Form 10-2850, VA FORM 10-2850a APPLICATION FOR NURSES AND NURSE ANESTHETISTS, VA FORM 10-2850c APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS, Proof of current certification, licensure or registration )

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other Veterans Document

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:



  1. Occupational Questionnaire
  2. CV or Resume
  3. Physicians must provide VA Form 10-2850 (Available at; Nurses must provide VA Form 10-2850a (Available at; Psychologists and Social Workers must provide VA Form 10-2850c (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.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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 you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 948764.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 05, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed. 

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:


  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Lisa Brown
Phone: (334)725-3022x
Agency Information:
VHA Central Alabama HCS Tuskegee
2400 Hospital Road
Human Resources
Tuskegee, AL


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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