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Job Title:Physician (Psychiatrist/Assistant Chief Mental Health)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:SE-14-Pin-1002454-MHC-007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$200,000.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Saturday, November 23, 2013 to Monday, December 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0602-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE 2 years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Amarillo, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1002454 

 

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!

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

The Amarillo VA Health Care System is recruiting for a psychiatrist to serve as Assistant Chief of Mental Health Service.

 

A RECRUITMENT OR RELOCATION INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED

 

The applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program.

 

 

 



TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The Assistant Chief, Mental Health Service, working under the supervision and guidance of the Chief, Mental Health, is responsible for the supervision and management of Mental Health Services at the VA Medical Center in Amarillo and the Outpatient Clinics in Clovis, New Mexico and Lubbock, Texas.  These responsibilities include the general supervision of staff physicians, staff psychologists, mid-level providers and psychiatric nurses. Supervision of Lubbock and Clovis outpatient staff is performed in a matrix model, as is supervision of positions other than physicians or mid-levels. Supervisory duties include all aspects of recruitment and selection of staff, rating of performance and recognition of employees, and any necessary corrective disciplinary action. 

Takes an active role as a management team member with the Amarillo VA Health Care System (AVAHCS) and supports the achievement of the mission and goals.  Will be actively responsible for continuous quality improvement and performance measurement related to Mental Health.  Represents the AVAHCS, internally and externally, in such a manner as to reflect positively on the facility and the VA. 

Provides leadership to staff through policy guidance and activities on behalf of patients and their clinical care.  This activity will include supporting the Chief, Mental Health, in the evaluation and implementation of organizational realignment.

Tour of Duty: M-F days with on-call 

Pay will be commensurate with training, experience, and market.

 

  • A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized.
  • First consideration will be given to applications received early.

 

AVAHCS currently offers general medical and surgery inpatient care, day surgery, long term care, home based primary care and specialty care, mental health services including substance abuse treatment, homeless services and an OEF/OIF program to a population of 64,400 veterans in a primary service area that covers counties in the Texas Panhandle, northern Oklahoma Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. We are a level 2 facility serving 25,602 unique Veterans. In FY12, there were 2,315 inpatients treated and 264,380 outpatient visits. There are currently 45 total operating hospital beds, which includes 14 ICU beds and 120 operating community living center beds. The FY13 annual budget is $180+million. Our facility provides an active teaching environment for medical students and residents through a formal affiliation with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The rotation includes approximately 50 residents in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Specialty Care. Other affiliations provide a variety of educational opportunities in pharmacy, optometry, nursing and various allied health programs.

Amarillo has something for everyone; Arts & Culture, family fun, heritage/history, and outdoor adventures. Amarillo centrally located from skiing the New Mexico and Colorado Mountains, as well as being centrally located to Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Albuquerque NM, Denver CO and Oklahoma City, OK. Amarillo residents enjoy big city life with small town atmosphere with a low cost of living and no state income tax.

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QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

A.  Citizenship:  Citizenship of the United States.

B.  Education:  Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

C.  Licensure and Registration:  Unrestricted licensure as a physician in any state or territory.

D.  Board Certification:  Board certified/eligible in Psychiatry.

E.  First-Year Residency (Internship):  Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

To be eligible to apply for core privileges in Psychiatry, the following criteria must be met; Current certification or active participation in the examination process leading to certification in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry; OR, successful completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or American Osteopathic Association accredited post-graduate training program in psychiatry; OR, be grandfather in from previous experience, AND, applicants for initial appointment must be able to demonstrate the provision of inpatient, outpatient, or consultative services for at least 200 patients during the past 12 months, or demonstrate successful completion of a hospital-affiliated accredited residency, special clinical fellowhip or research.

Psychiatry Core Privileges--Admit, evaluate, diagnose, treat, provide consultation and perform history and physical examinations to adult patients presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive or emotional disorders, utilizing all forms of psychological and socal treatment including medications.  Privileges include providing consultation with physicians in other fields regarding mental, behavioral or emotional disorders, pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, family therapy, behavior modification, consultation to the courts, and emergency psychiatry as well as the ordering of diagnostic, laboratory tests, and presribe medications.

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. 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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 1002454.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 23, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Occupational Questionnaire
  3. 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kristie Smith
Phone: (806)355-9703x7486
Email: KRISTIE.SMITH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Amarillo HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
6010 Amarillo Blvd West
Amarillo, TX
79106

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

SE-14-Pin-1002454-MHC-007

Control Number:

356140900