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Job Title:  Supervisory Psychologist (Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Services)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VT-13-MMC-953774-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,370.00 to $116,180.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 30, 2013 to Friday, September 20, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 953774

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

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

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

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. 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

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This position may be filled by Nurse Manager, Supervisory Social Worker or Psychiatrist; only one position will be filled.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is currently 5.57% and is subject to change in the future.

Relocation/Recruitment incentive may be approved for highly qualified applicant.

Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.



  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination


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The Supervisory Psychologist is the Associate Chief of Staff, Mental health (ACOS/MH) at the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS), Anchorage, Alaska. Report to and is supervised by the Chief of Staff. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, develop, coordinate, direct and evaluate an integrated mental health program for AVAHS, to include integrating mental health services within the Primary Care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT).
  • Coordinate and administration of Mental Health services with the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Fairbanks, Kenai, and Wasilla, and Outreach Clinics in Juneau and Homer.
  • Responsible for three major service lines: Social & Behavioral Health; Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV)/Substance Use Disorders (SUD); and Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV). Programs aligned under these services include outreach, a 50 bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP), Veterans Industries, a 24-bed Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Residence (CWT/TR), and a supported housing program with the Department of Health and Human Services (HUD/VASH). Provide oversight for a grant per diem program awarded to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program. Other components include long term care programs (CNH, H/HHA, Respite Care, Palliative Care), OEF/OIF Program, Tele-Mental Health, medication management, case management for OEF/OIF, TBI, SCI, and Suicide Prevention High Risk, Recovery Coordination, addictions treatment, Individual and group therapy, psychosocial, neuropsychological, and psychological assessments, along with a variety of other mental health services.
  • Foster effective working relationships, create an environment with other AVAHS programs to assure the highest level of quality patient care in a cost-effective manner.
  • Establish policy for the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL), and provide leadership guidance/preceptorship/mentorship to supervisors and managers with the Service.
  • Comply with all directives, handbooks, and policies and standards of The Joint Commission and CARF.
  • Establish and maintains relationships with community resources including Vet Centers in Anchorage, Wasilla, Kenai, and Fairbanks.
  • Establish and maintain tele-mental health services as needed for delivery of mental health services to rural areas within the State of Alaska, and with lower-48 referral centers for peer-to-peer consults and specialized treatment.
  • Interact with Veterans Service Organizations, State and National Congressional Offices, and other stakeholder groups and establish and maintain a Mental Health Council with membership consistent with Central Office directives.
  • Utilize an inter-disciplinary approach to assess, design, measure, evaluate programs and analyze trends to identify opportunities, and develop the most effective and efficient method to produce reliable patient care/operational outcomes with minimal variances.
  • Travel for education and training will be required as will travel to the other different healthcare delivery sites.
  • Establish quality control measures and associated data collection activities, to include professional peer review, systematic internal review, clinical privileging, and other improvement activities.
  • Responsible for a full range of personnel actions, including selections, promotions, reassignments, retention, disciplinary action, and adverse actions, and contributes to the professional growth and development of staff.
  • Provide leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff.
  • Maintain a collaborative working relationship with top management to assure full support and coordination among the programs supervised.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (negotiable).


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  • U.S. citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
  • 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.
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken).
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 20, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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, and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 953774.
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Occupational Questionnaire
  2. CV or Resume (required).
  3. VA Form 10- 2850c - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at (required).
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration (required).
  5. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at (required).
  6. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement. (required).
  7. If currently employed by the VA or federal government, include a copy of your most recent NON-AWARD SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  8. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired.


Maria M. Cunningham
Phone: (907)257-6709
Fax: (907)257-6787
Agency Information:
VHA Alaska HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
1201 N Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK
99504 Fax: (907)257-6787


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Friday, September 20, 2013.

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