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Job Title:Nurse - Chief, Mental Health Officer

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-538-13-DL-948763

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

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$101,128.00 to $134,491.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 05, 2013 to Wednesday, September 18, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Chillicothe, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Chillicothe, Ohio is is nestled in the beautiful hills of Ross County. Chillicothe is blessed with an abundance of historical and recreational opportunities. There are five state parks within a 30-minute drive. Strong schools and affordable housing make Chillicothe a great place to live and work. The small town charm of this city is perfectly complimented by easy access to Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for those seeking city amenities.

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


If you are looking for an exciting career challenge, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Chillicothe, Ohio is searching for Psychiatrist, Nurse, Clinical Psychologist, or Social worker for the Chief, Mental Health Service Care Line.

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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.

NOTE:  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.

Additional information:

  • Competitive salary and benefits are offered.
  • Moving expenses (PCS) not authorized.





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.




  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • BSN Required; Master degree or higher in nursing or related field required
  • 4-5 years of successful RN experience required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination/background investigation
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.


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 Experience as a Clinical Administrator/Executive Strongly Preferred


The Chief, Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) is a facility-level position that coordinates and plans for both inpatient and outpatient mental health services at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, its five Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and one outreach center.  The incumbent is a key member of the organization’s clinical leadership team, reporting directly to the Medical Center Chief of Staff.  He/She ensures compliance with federal, national and local regulatory policy and accreditation requirements governing the medical center, and is responsible for strategic planning, budget and resource oversight, staff recruitment/management, and quality assurance within the Care Line.  To effectively do so, incumbent must possess skills in management theory, cost-benefit analysis, data gathering and statistical analysis.

The Chief, MHCL is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing and coordinating a comprehensive patient management/clinical support/administrative program which provides services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements related to inpatient and outpatient care and the treatment of our Veteran patients.  Expertise along broad clinical and administrative levels is required to meet the needs of a large, complex patient population, and to integrate care line functions with those of other care lines within the medical center, with other VA entities both in and outside Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 10, and with a variety of community partners across our catchment area.

 The Chillicothe VA Medical Center sponsors a pharmacy PGY 2 residency in psychiatric clinical pharmacy and a psychology internship program.  The medical center also has psychiatry residents from affiliated academic sponsors. Each academic program has an independent program director who reports directly to the medical center’s Academic Affairs Department.  Other trainees include medical, nursing, social work and other students.  Incumbent will work with Academic Affairs to ensure proper faculty support for sponsored training programs.


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


·         Provides leadership to MHCL clinical and administrative staff to effectively accomplish goals, focus on customer needs, assure and maintain quality of care, and accomplish the mission and vision of both the MHCL and the Chillicothe VA Medical Center.  Oversees clinical and administrative performance measures.

·         Develops Mental Health Care Line policies and procedures consistent with VHA directives; develops care line-specific and medical center policies and procedures which maintain VA-required accreditation by Joint Commission, CARF, and other mental health accrediting organizations.

 ·         Develops program goals and objectives to meet VHA Mental Health requirements and those set forth by VISN 10 and the medical center.

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

·         Serves on a variety of medical center planning committees, advisory groups and planning teams; may be called upon to serve on such groups at the VISN and/or national level.

·         Assures appropriate, timely, and effective management of Veteran complaints and issues.

·         Assures appropriate training related to Mental Health issues is completed by all care line staff involved in direct patient care activities.

·         Oversees the hiring of professional staff for the MHCL.

·         Directly supervises both clinical and administrative personnel.


Tour of Duty: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This may require weekends and or evenings.


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  • Citizen of the United States. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

    Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research. Education/Experience Requirements:

    · Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.

    · Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.

    · Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.

    · Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.

    · Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.

    Reference: Additional information regarding Nursing Qualification Standards may be reviewed at the VA Directive 5005, Part II, Appendix G6 at the following link



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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 in the "HOW TO APPLY" section of this job announcement. 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.


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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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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


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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 Wednesday, September 18, 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.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


   1. CV or Resume to include NPI (National Provider Identifier) number to be used for billing purposes, if applicable.

    2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available at

    3. Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

    4. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

    5. SF-50  (No AWARD SF-50 will be accepted)ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE?  You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action."  This is the most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status (If you are a career or a career-conditional employee) and identifies your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). 

    6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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    


Note: All forms must be signed and dated.


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 TAG:Vacancy ID.

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 TAG:Closing Date  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 TAG:Link to Full 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.


Monica Hollon
Phone: (740)773-1141x7069
Agency Information:
VHA Chillicothe VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH


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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