Job Overview


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!

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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.


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).