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Job Title:Physician (Psychiatrist), Chief Mental Health Officer

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JV-14-087DS-1039258

SALARY RANGE:

$120,000.00 to $245,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

VM-0602-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Decatur, GA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1039258

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?

 

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 has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility.   The Atlanta VAMC is a teaching hospital, affiliated with Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

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: APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS #923360 AND #940371 NEED TO REAPPLY.

THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO MULTIPE DISCIPLINES UNDER SEPARATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

CUT-OFFS EVERY 2 WEEKS

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE OPEN UNTIL POSITION FILLED
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.

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

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • The Department of Veternan Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • U.S. Citzenship Required
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.

DUTIES:

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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 the 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, MHSL is expected to maintain all necessary credentials in their respective discipline 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.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   
·         U.S. citizenship - Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.

·         Education - Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted; (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted; (3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure; (4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, Part II, chapter 1.

·         Licensure and Registration – (1) Physicians (Except Residents): Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing, active, current licensure. (2) Residents: Current, full and unrestricted licensure to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for resident of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active current licensure. (3) Impaired Licensure: A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14 of this part. (4) Waiver of Licensure: Licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in Central Office for individuals in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care responsibilities in accordance with current regulations. 

·         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 competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, OR (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education. 

·         Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
·         English Language Proficiency - Physicians, including residents, appointed to director patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407 (d).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light lifting (under 15 lbs), light carrying (under 15 lbs), use of fingers, walking 4-8 hours, standing 4-8 hours, near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted), emotional stability, mental stability, working closely with others, working alone, and working with biohazardous materials.

          

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

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

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

 

 


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.htmlAll 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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklistor visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.


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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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

 

May be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) based on the availability of funds.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1. CV or Resume. 

2.  VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf ) (required).   

3. 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 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). Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf

5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf

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.


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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1039258.
  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 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 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 QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRMS-Staffing Service Line
Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
Email: ATL.STAFFING2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
OFFICE OF DIRECTOR
1670 CLAIRMONT ROAD
DECATUR, GA
30033

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:

JV-14-087DS-1039258

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