Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1805626

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?

The Assistant Chief, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) position is located Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), in the Sheridan VA Health Care System, at the Sheridan VA Medical Center in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP).

The position provides technical and administrative supervision to the MHRRTP for a clinical, administrative, and non-clinical support staff. The incumbent oversees the daily operation of the MHRRTP, insures that agency policies and priorities are being followed; develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of staff. The incumbent gives advice, counsel and instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters. The incumbent hears and resolves minor complaints from employees; refers group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to the Chief MHRRTP; effects minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands and recommends action in more serious cases. The incumbent interviews candidates for positions in the unit; identifies and provides for training needs; and finds ways to improve or increase the quality of work within the area of authority. The incumbent carries out Equal Employment Opportunity policies and program activities. The incumbent also carries out other duties as assigned by the Chief of MHRRTP, and ACOS of Mental Health.

The incumbent is the Vice-Chair of the Admission Screening Board for the MHRRTP and assesses the Veterans' needs, which program the Veterans' needs can be best met, and whether the needs can be met in a residential setting.

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.

This position may be filled by 1 of 6 disciplines (Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Registered Nurse, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker or a  Marriage and Family Therapist). There is an announcement for each discipline.


Administrative Responsibilities:

The Assistant Chief has direct administrative and professional supervision of interdisciplinary staff assigned or annexed to the MHRRTP (e.g. Nurse Practitioners, Secretarial staff, Nurse managers, Social Service Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nursing Staff, Addiction Therapists, Peer Support Specialists, Vocational Rehabilitation Staff, and Homeless Program Staff).  Responsibilities also include: 

·         The incumbent considers all factors in assessing applicants for admission into the MHRRTP.  The multi-program residential facility has substance abuse care, dual diagnosis, posttraumatic stress disorder, and homeless programs from which to choose.  As Vice-Chair of a multidisciplinary screening board decisions are made regarding treatment directions.  If admission is decided upon, the incumbent coordinates the admission with all affected parties.

·         The incumbent coordinates the Quality Improvement Program with the MHRRTP and conducts Point of Care reviews to enhance performance in the program as well a meet or exceed regulatory agency standards.

·         The incumbent will schedule the staff to provide the required supervision on all shifts and settings of the residential treatment programs. 

·         The incumbent will plan work to be accomplished by clinical staff, training classes for residents, staff training, to be completed within a designated time frame.

·         The incumbent will assign work based on priorities, consideration of difficulty and the capabilities of the employees.

·         The incumbent will evaluate work performance on a continuous basis, providing oral and written feedback when indicated.

·         The incumbent will give advice, counsel or instructions to employees on work and administrative matters.

·         The incumbent will interview candidates for vacancy positions and recommend appointments.

·         The incumbent will hear and resolve complaints, refer group grievances and serious, unresolved complaints to a higher level.

·         Effect minor disciplinary measures and recommend action for more serious cases.

Clinical Responsibilities:  

·         The incumbent counsels residents living within the MHRRTP on issues of homelessness, substance abuse, trauma, relationship problems as well as issues of daily living within their level of experience and/or skills.

·         The incumbent makes assessments of the veterans referred and the type and scope of services required by each applicant.  They negotiate admission needs with each of the five programs within the MHRRTP.  They make judgments about the safety and security of the residents within the facility.  They represent the VA and the Chief, MHRRTP to the community, residents, families, agencies, legislators, surveying bodies and other VA's.  They advise the Chief, MHRRTP of any issues which need to be resolved on a higher level.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm
Functional Statement Title/#:Psychologist #903209
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Have not been authorized for this position. 

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No