Job Overview


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.



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.


Supervisory Status


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses Authorized

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

US Citizens and Status Candidates

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