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Job Title:  Chief, Mental Health
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  FG-14-1063963-BM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$94,138.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 14, 2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Pineville, LA View Map
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1063963

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?

“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

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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/are not authorized for this position.


This position will be opened until filled.


  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Recruitment or Relocation is authorized


  • 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
  • Mental Health experience required


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The Chief, Mental Health will provide executive-level leadership in the establishment and maintenance of high standards of care in all areas of Mental Health. The Chief, Mental Health is accountable to the Chief of Staff for the Mental Health clinical program administration and overall compliance to VA policies and procedures. The incumbent will lead multidisciplinary staff in the delivery of Mental Health care to our nation's Veterans. The position is primarily administrative; however, a portion of time will be dedicated to direct patient care. He/she is responsible for strategic planning for the provision of Mental Health care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings; managing care through planning, prioritizing and coordinating resources; assuring compliance with regulatory/accreditation standards as well as VA performance measures and quality standards; monitoring and promoting compliance with VA regulations pertaining to professional standards and ethical conduct; promoting cooperation and compliance of the clinical staff with federal and state law and regulations, medical staff bylaws and rules, facility policies, and Joint Commission standards as applicable; monitoring and assuring prompt access and high quality inpatient and outpatient Mental Health care across the system; recruiting, hiring, and retaining high quality staff. He/she will have strong leadership skills with experience in clinical and administrative management of health care systems with acute mental health inpatient care and outpatient Mental Health programs and services. He/she gains the trust and respect of a diverse group of peers and subordinates to achieve the mission of honoring and serving Veterans through excellence in healthcare.


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•U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.


        a.  Social Worker - Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must

        be licensed or certified to independently practice social work at the master's level.  Current state

        requirements may be found on the OHRM website.

        b.  Psychologist - Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in

        a state, territory, commonwealth of the Unites States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Colombia.

        c.  Registered Nurse - Will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate

        professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e, Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of

        Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than

        the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g. philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full,

        active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA.

        d.  Psychiatrist - must hold a current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State,

        Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.  The Psychiatrist must

        board certified or board in Psychiatry.  The physician must maintain current registration in the State of

        licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.  The facility Director may waive

        this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the

        physician has licensure in that country.


The grade and step will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).




VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2012, at


VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G18, PSYCHOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, at


VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2009, at

 VA Handbook5005, Part II, Appendix G6 Nurse Qualification Standard.

VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 2002.





Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN [If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.] or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired.



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.


Social Worker:

Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work at the master's degree level.  Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.



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




Work is primarily conducted in an office setting. The incumbent also visits beneficiaries and other medical facilities while assessing status and quality of care. Work is sedentary in nature, requiring some walking, sitting, bending, stooping, lifting, carrying items such as files and other paperwork and similar situations found in most office settings. Some facility visits may require the ability to drive a vehicle.



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 checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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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

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.


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


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

PBI INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

ELIGIBLES: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


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: 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.


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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 Tuesday, September 30, 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,, 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.


This announcement will be open until filled. First cutoff will be 3/28/2014, after that initial cutoff applications will be reviewed and referred for consideration on a bi-weekly basis. Applicants that have submitted their complete application by 11:59 pm on Fridays will be reviewed for qualifications on the following Monday and referred for consideration until the position is filled.

Applicants who previously applied for this position must re-apply.




1.  For Psychologists and Social Workers please use - VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (If you are applying as a Social Worker or Psychologist)(required).

2.  For Nurses please use - VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available at  (required).

3.  For Psychiatrists please use - VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors (Available at (required)

4.  CV or Resume.

5.  Occupational Questionnaire.

6.  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

7.  If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

8.  OF-306 - Declaration of Federal Service (required).

9.  College Transcripts (required).

10.  Licensure (required).

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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1063963.
  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 Tuesday, September 30, 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  
  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.


William A. Martin
Phone: (318)473-0010x2249
Agency Information:
VHA Alexandria VAMC
Alexandria VA Health Care System
2495 Shreveport Hwy
Hwy 71 North
Pineville, LA


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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