Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 950381

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.  
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NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  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.

The W.G. "Bill" Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury has an opening for an Associate Chief of Staff (Mental  Health) Psychologist. This position will be located in Salisbury, NC.  This position may be filled as a Nurse, Psychologist, Social Worker or Psychiatrist.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless.  With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips.  Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.  For more information about the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Salisbury VA Medical Center, a large level 1C complexity facility providing services for over 88,000 Veterans, is seeking an accomplished leader to be the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Mental Health. Salisbury VAMC Mental Health service is a designated VA Mental Health Center of Excellence which provides acute and sub-acute inpatient mental health care, residential mental health treatment services for substance abuse and a specialized inpatient PTSD unit. In addition, Salisbury VAMC provides the continuum of outpatient mental health services including general mental health clinics, specialty PTSD treatment, addictions treatment, tele-mental health services, primary care mental health and vocational rehabilitation services. The ACOS for MHS is administratively and clinically responsible for all MHS staff and programs at all Salisbury VAMC sites.
Salisbury VAMC has a strong academic affiliation with the Wake Forest School of Medicine and with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Virginia. Because the MHS trains a large number of health care professionals, the candidate will need experience in developing and maintaining excellent clinical training programs.

  • Recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
  • PCS Travel is authorized. Guaranteed Home Buy Out is not authorized.  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

Salisbury provides all the perks of a small town but is located just a short 30 minute drive from metropolitan Charlotte, NC.
  • Small, historic city located in the heart of the Piedmont region of North Carolina
  • Moderate climate which enjoys four distinct seasons
  • Located only 35 miles from the metropolitan area of Charlotte and 40 miles from Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC
  • Home to the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony and the Meroney Theatre featuring the Piedmont Players, one of the state's oldest community theatre groups
  • Multiple parks and facilities within a short distance offer hiking, fishing, family outings or a picnic
  • Golf, tennis, softball and swimming may be enjoyed at one of many public facilities. 
  • Blue Ridge Mountains are a short two-hour drive away and the Carolina Coast is about 3 hours away
  • Halfway between Washington DC and Atlanta GA, Salisbury is within easy travel of any major city on the East Coast
  • Charlotte International Airport is less than an hour away and provides service to all of the U.S. and many global destinations
For more information about the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC and Salisbury NC please visit the following links:


The ACOS for Mental Health is a position that provides management leadership and oversight of all mental health clinical, educational, and research activities at the Salisbury VAMC. The incumbent is a key member of the organization’s clinical leadership team and reports directly to the Chief of Staff (COS). He/she ensures observance of federal, national, and local regulatory policy and accreditation requirements governing the medical center. He/She is responsible for strategic planning, budget oversight, staff recruitment/management and quality assurance.

The ACOS for Mental Health functions as a liaison to the ACOS for Education & Research and affiliated health professional schools for undergraduate and graduate education issues. He/She ensures that mental health practitioners demonstrate effectiveness in teaching and comply with necessary trainee supervision requirements. The ACOS of Mental Health also functions as a liaison for research to facilitate research grants and expand research opportunities and initiatives. The ACOS for Mental Health is expected to maintain all necessary credentials in their respective area in order to provide clinical care 20 percent of the time.

The ACOS for Mental Health is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, coordinating, and refining a comprehensive patient management, clinical support and administrative program; providing services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements relating to the care and treatment of both inpatients and outpatients. Incumbent provides a climate in which clinicians can care for patients with an awareness of administrative implications of his/her actions, without feeling he/she is working under unnecessary constraints. Expertise along broad clinical and administrative levels is required to meet the needs of this large, complex patient population, and to integrate Service Line functions with those of other Service Lines, as well as with other VA entities within and outside the local Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN).

Incumbent is responsible for implementing VHA policies and regulations governing broad administrative aspects of the medical center. In order to affect the policies, incumbent must have the skills in management theory, cost-benefit, data and statistical analysis.

Other key duties and responsibilities:
• Serves on a variety of medical center planning committees, advisory groups and chartered action teams.
• Oversees clinical and administrative performance measures.
• Responsible for service line strategic planning, budget and resource management.
• Develops formal systematic, improvement plans for quality measures, access and
medical services delivery.
• Serves as leader/liaison with affiliated schools regarding medical teaching issues and provider appointments.
• Oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements using programs using data-driven quality assurance processes.
• Assures all Mental Health programs are compliant with applicable Federal and State laws.
• Manages veteran complaints and issues.
• Develops program goals and objectives to meet VHA Mental Health requirements.
• Conducts performance appraisals of staff, and addresses disciplinary issues.
• Functions as a member of the Clinical Executive Board.
• Participates in clinical teaching.
• Assures appropriate training related to MH issues is completed for all Salisbury VAMC staff involved in patient care activities.
• Develops Mental Health Service policies and procedures consistent with VA Directives. Develops policies and procedures which maintain VA required accreditation by the Joint Commission, CARF and other MH accrediting organizations.
• Serves on facility Professional Standards Board (PSB).
• Oversees all hiring of professional mental health staff.
• Directly supervises both clinical and administrative personnel.

Travel Required

  • Not Required