Job Overview


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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) has a strong academic affiliation with the University Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and services a major training sight for psychiatric residents, psychology, social work, nursing. The UAMS department of psychiatry has eight PGY-1 residents per year. There psychiatric fellowship program (geriatric, psychosocial rehab, substance dependence) as well as ten psychology intern and fellow positions and PTSD post-doctoral fellowship.


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

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. 

This position is being announced under the following four disciplines: Psychology, Social Work, Nursing and Psychiatry. Be sure to review the qualifications and occupational questions specific to the discipline for which you are interested in being considered.


The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is seeking an accomplished leader to be the Associate Chief of Staff for Behavioral Health Service. The Associate Chief of Staff will lead a dynamic service line treating Veterans in Arkansas. Behavioral Health is an integrated care line with a large number of employees, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and a variety of ancillary therapists. The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) has a continuum of outpatient mental health services including general mental health clinics, specialty PTSD treatment, addictions treatment, tele-mental health services, primary care mental health, programs for Veterans with serious mental illness, and vocational rehabilitation services. The Associate Chief Of Staff for is administratively and clinically responsible for all Behavioral Health staff and programs at all Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System sites.

                            *** Cut-Off Dates are Every Monday Starting 01/13/2014***

We will accept applications for this occupation until filled. Qualified Applicants will be referred to the selecting official weekly until a selection is made. The announcement will be closed once the position has been filled.



·         -Responsible for overall management of all Mental Health, Homeless and employment Programs

·         -Direct supervision of all Mental Health Program Managers

·         -Monitor and implement all HR and payroll policies and as related to mental health staff.

·         -Ensure appropriate time keeping and leave procedures are followed

·         -Oversight of budget, spending and acquisition processes for mental health.

·         -Monitor and correct, when necessary, all compliance issues

·         -Oversight of employee education and training

·         -Ensure all supervisors are following Union related policies

·         -Ensure appropriate workload documentation and accountability by all staff

·         -Responsibility for strategic planning and implementation of the VHA Mental Health Handbook

·         -Ensure all required reports a the local and national level are created in a timely fashion

·         -Coordination and preparation for oversight visits from the Joint Commission, OIG , Office of Mental Health.

·         -Negotiation and coordination of services that overlap with other Service Lines

·         -Encouraged and review the use of VA Programs for the education of all disciplines of Mental Health providers

·         -Clinical provision of direct care to Veterans

·         -Coordination and participation in peer review of clinical providers

·         -Ensure timelines and quality of Compensation and Pension examinations

·         -Review and ensure validity of DSS and VSSC data


Heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over: Moderate carrying, 15-44 lbs; Straight pulling; Pulling hand over hand; Pushing: Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required: Walking: Standing; Both legs required: Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13: to 16: to Jaeger 1 to 4; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (did permitted). Must meet the physical requirements set out in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No