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Job Title:  Psychologist, Chief Mental Health Officer
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JV-14-083CM-1037376

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

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$120,034.00 to $156,043.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 6, 2014 to Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Decatur, GA View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1037376 (Include # on all documents)

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?



Those that applied to the previous vacancy will need to reapply to be considered.

This position is open until filled.  Cut off every 2 weeks until December 31, 2014

If you are looking for an exciting career challenge, the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Atlanta, GA is searching for a Psychiatrist, Nurse, Clinical Psychologist or Social Worker for Chief, Mental Health Service Line.

The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. The facility also serves as a prosthetics treatment center, fabricating and supplying mechanical devices such as artificial limbs for patients within the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. 

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

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]

Work Schedule: 8:00 – 4:30 p.m.; Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization.






  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses Authorized


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required


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The Chief Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) is a position that provides management leadership and oversight of all mental health clinical, educational, and research activities at that Atlanta VAMC. The incumbent is a key member of the organization’s clinical leadership team and reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS). He/she ensures observance of federal, national, and local regulatory policy and accreditation requirements governing the medical center. He/She is responsible for strategic planning, budget oversight, staff recruitment and management, and quality assurance.

The Chief MHSL functions as a liaison to the ACOS for Education and affiliated health professional schools for undergraduate and graduate education issues. He/She ensures that mental health practitioners demonstrate effectiveness in teaching and comply with necessary trainee supervision requirements. The Chief MHSL also functions as a liaison to the ACOS for Research to facilitate research grants and expand research opportunities and initiatives. The Chief, MHSAL is expected to maintain all necessary credentials in their respective area in order to provide clinical care between 10-15 percent of the time.

The Chief, MHSL position is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, coordinating, and refining a comprehensive patient management/clinical support/administrative program which provides services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and administrative requirements relating to the care and treatment of inpatients and outpatients. Incumbent provides a climate in which clinicians can care for patients with an awareness of administrative implications of his/her actions, without feeling he/she is working under unnecessary constraints. Expertise along broad clinical and administrative levels is required to meet the needs of this large, complex patient population, and to integrate Service Line functions with those of other Service Lines, as well as with other VA entities within and outside the local Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN).

Incumbent is responsible for implementing VA Headquarters policies and regulations governing broad administrative aspects of the medical center. In order to effect the policies, incumbent must have the skills in management theory, cost-benefit analysis, data gathering and statistical analysis.

Other key duties and responsibilities:

· Serves on a variety of medical center planning committees, advisory groups and chartered action teams.

· Oversees clinical and administrative performance measures.

· Responsible for service line strategic planning, budget and resource management.

· Develops formal systematic, improvement plans for quality measures, access and medical services delivery.

· Serves as leader/liaison with affiliated schools regarding medical teaching issues and provider appointments.

· Oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements using programs using data-driven quality assurance processes.

· Assures all Mental Health programs are compliant with applicable Federal and State laws.

· Manages veteran complaints and issues.

· Develops program goals and objectives to meet VHA Mental Health requirements.

· Conducts performance appraisals of staff, and addresses disciplinary issues.

· Functions as a member of the Executive Committee of the Medical staff.

· Participates in clinical teaching.

· Assures appropriate training related to MH issues is completed for all Atlanta VAMC staff involved in patient care activities.

· Develops Mental Health Service policies and procedures consistent with VA Directives. Develops policies and procedures which maintain VA required accreditation by the Joint Commission, CARF and other MH accrediting organizations.

· Serves on facility Professional Standards Board (PSB).

· Oversees all hiring of professional mental health staff.

· Directly supervises both clinical and administrative personnel.




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All applicants must be a U.S. Citizen. 

Education: (1)  Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). 


 (2)    Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that has been accredited by APA.   Exceptions : (1) new VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.

 (c)   Licensure.   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.  


Licensure: 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.

 Experience.  At least 1 year of professional psychologist experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and must fully meet the KSAs for that level. 

 As a part of the Occupational Questionnaire, you will be rated on your overall knowledge, skills, work experience, and ability to perform the specialized tasks that the position entails. You will be require to submit a narrative statement. 

(1 ) Skill in managing and directing the work of large, complex organizational units and in applying effective management practices.

(2)  Ability to balance responsibilities in a complex environment and to work with great autonomy; ability to set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze complex organizational problems; and ability to develop and implement effective solutions for those problems.

(3)  Skill in persuasion, negotiation, and motivation to negotiate multiple program policies.

(4)  Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees and other managers using advanced consultation and problem solving skills.

(5)  Ability to assess need for basic and complex services across multiple programmatic patient care venues.

(6)  Ability to coordinate the efforts of multiple program elements across a complex system.

(7)  Skill in the application and analysis of measurement tools to systems issues.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-18 PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical requirements are listed in VA Handbook 5019.





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:  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


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.


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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 .


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


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) 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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 1037376.  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 Wednesday, August 06, 2014.


  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (Required)
  3.  Occupational Questionnaire (Required). 
  4.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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

  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required). Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at

  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at

    Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.



Corey McGee
Phone: (404)321-6111x7024
Agency Information:
VHA Atlanta VAMC
1670 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA


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.

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.

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