Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1076602

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

The Amarillo VA Health Care System is recruiting for a psychiatrist to serve as Assistant Chief of Mental Health Service.


The applicant(s) selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program.


The Assistant Chief, Mental Health Service, working under the supervision and guidance of the Chief, Mental Health, is responsible for the supervision and management of Mental Health Services at the VA Medical Center in Amarillo and the Outpatient Clinics in Clovis, New Mexico and Lubbock, Texas.  These responsibilities include the general supervision of staff physicians, staff psychologists, mid-level providers and psychiatric nurses. Supervision of Lubbock and Clovis outpatient staff is performed in a matrix model, as is supervision of positions other than physicians or mid-levels. Supervisory duties include all aspects of recruitment and selection of staff, rating of performance and recognition of employees, and any necessary corrective disciplinary action. 

Takes an active role as a management team member with the Amarillo VA Health Care System (AVAHCS) and supports the achievement of the mission and goals.  Will be actively responsible for continuous quality improvement and performance measurement related to Mental Health.  Represents the AVAHCS, internally and externally, in such a manner as to reflect positively on the facility and the VA. 

Provides leadership to staff through policy guidance and activities on behalf of patients and their clinical care.  This activity will include supporting the Chief, Mental Health, in the evaluation and implementation of organizational realignment.

Tour of Duty: M-F days with on-call 

Pay will be commensurate with training, experience, and market.

  • A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized.
  • First consideration will be given to applications received early.

AVAHCS currently offers general medical and surgery inpatient care, day surgery, long term care, home based primary care and specialty care, mental health services including substance abuse treatment, homeless services and an OEF/OIF program to a population of 64,400 veterans in a primary service area that covers counties in the Texas Panhandle, northern Oklahoma Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. We are a level 2 facility serving 25,602 unique Veterans. In FY12, there were 2,315 inpatients treated and 264,380 outpatient visits. There are currently 45 total operating hospital beds, which includes 14 ICU beds and 120 operating community living center beds. The FY13 annual budget is $180+million. Our facility provides an active teaching environment for medical students and residents through a formal affiliation with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The rotation includes approximately 50 residents in Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Specialty Care. Other affiliations provide a variety of educational opportunities in pharmacy, optometry, nursing and various allied health programs.

Amarillo has something for everyone; Arts & Culture, family fun, heritage/history, and outdoor adventures. Amarillo centrally located from skiing the New Mexico and Colorado Mountains, as well as being centrally located to Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Albuquerque NM, Denver CO and Oklahoma City, OK. Amarillo residents enjoy big city life with small town atmosphere with a low cost of living and no state income tax.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No