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Job Title:  Chief Consultant, Mental Health Services (Psychologist)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-PN-PCS-13-CAJ-960302

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 19, 2013 to Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 4 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 960302


**This position is also being announced as Chief Consultant, Mental Health Services (Physician (Psychiatry)), SR-602-15.    Refer to vacancy announcement number VHA-PN-PCS-13-CAJ-963014 for additional information.   You must apply to each announcement you wished to be considered under. **

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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (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”).

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 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

Appraised Value Offer (AVO): AVO may be authorized.

Relocation and/or Recruitment Incentives: Incentives may be authorized up to $15,000.



  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must meet qualification requirements


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The Office of Patient Care Services (PCS), Mental Health Services (MHS), in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is responsible for providing strategic guidance for improving the quality and availability of mental health care for Veterans nationwide.  Services are provided for serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, aging-related conditions, primary care integration with mental health, women Veterans, and returning Service members from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The function of the Chief Consultant, Mental Health Services, is to provide oversight and guidance to advance quality of care for Veterans with mental health needs across the full spectrum of those served by VHA’s mental health services, increasing coordination with Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal partners at all appropriate levels.  This spectrum of resources, care, and services spans from resilience and prevention programs to health promotion through clinical care for specific mental health disorders.  To accomplish these goals, the Chief Consultant also has lead responsibility for MHS staff.

As Chief Consultant, Mental Health Services (MHS), the incumbent supports planning, developing, administering, and implementing policies and procedures governing comprehensive mental health programs.  In carrying out these duties, the incumbent works with all levels of VA staff within VA Central Office (VACO) and the field, representatives of other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and community-based organizations to further identify the mental health needs of Veterans and develop strategies to address those needs.  These collaborations include significant interface with the Department of Defense (DoD), in order to promote a public health model for mental health and provide coordinated mental health services for Service members and Veterans from oath to grave.

The incumbent, who reports to the Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer, has a high degree of leadership, motivation, and dedication to effective mental health service delivery.  In addition, the incumbent is broadly acquainted with clinical treatment modalities, administrative and clinical support systems, DoD and other federal health care systems and policies, and is knowledgeable about multifaceted health care delivery systems and their relationship to external review organizations as well as hospital and service level operations.

As Chief Consultant, the individual possesses extensive knowledge of somatic and pharmacological treatments of Mental Health conditions and is responsible to develop effective communication networks for Psychiatry and other prescribing staff nationally and effective strategies for linking those specific networks with interdisciplinary networks of mental health and other health care providers in order to support the full biopsychosocial model.  The incumbent supports and ensures the integration of pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment as needed to promote optimal clinical outcomes for patients. In addition, the incumbent maintains communication with healthcare professionals working for VA in the field, providing consultation on professional issues affecting psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and other health care professionals, and ensures that healthcare professionals function effectively as a component of overall effective VA mental health care and overall health care.


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• U.S. citizenship
• Licensure and Registration – Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The incumbent must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA. Provide proof of this license in the application package.
• Education requirements:
 1. 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.  AND
 2. Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.


In addition to the education requirements, applicants should possess the following technical qualifications and executive core qualifications (ECQs) required for this position.  Typically, these qualifications would be gained through education, experience and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in responsible management/executive level assignments in mental health services at the national or Network level; Medical Center Director, Associate Director, Chief of Staff or equivalent positions in a hospital/network/regional office or allied medical care facility.  An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.  If you are currently a federal employee, this type of experience is typically found at positions the GS-14 level and above. 

All applicants should show in their RESUME that they possess these specific technical qualifications and ECQs.  It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas or by writing narratives outlining your work accomplishments supporting these competencies.   Failing to provide this information in your application package may result in non-consideration.  
1. Leading Change
2. Leading People
3. Results Driven
4. Business Acumen
5. Building Coalitions
For more information on ECQs please visit http://www/

1. Knowledge of mission, organization programs and requirements of health care delivery systems, and the ability to manage and direct a health care program at the national level. 

REFERENCE: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-180, Veterans Health Administration

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Most of the work performance is at a desk, in an office setting.  The incumbent occasionally carries books and papers to and from meetings and conferences.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: Veterans' preference does not apply to Senior Executive equivalent positions.


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


Members of the Senior Executive Service Equivalent (SES EQV) accrue annual leave at the rate of 1 day (8 hours) for each full biweekly pay period.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This position may be reappointed or extended.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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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 Tuesday, November 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.


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

  1. Completed Online Questionnaire
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  3. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
  4. Unofficial transcript(s) (official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired).
  5. Option Form 306 - Declaration Federal Employment (Available at
  6. Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  7. If currently a federal employee, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action outlining your current pay plan, series, and grade. (If you have held a higher graded position in the past, please include a SF-50 to verify the level served.)

Recommended Documents:

  1. If currently an employee in the VA system, include a copy of your most recent performance appraisal. 

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 960302.
  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 Tuesday, November 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.


Cathy A. Jackson
Phone: (404)630-0086
Agency Information:
VHA Workforce Management and Consulting Office
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


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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