Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration MH&BM Assistant Chief/Site Manager in Austin, Texas

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This position will be opened until filled.

This position is open to several specialties and will be filled by only one; Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Program Manager), Marriage and Family Therapist Program Manager, Social Worker Program Coordinators and Manager, Psychology Program Manager, Supervisory Nurse Practitioner, and Supervisory Psychiatrist.

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Austin Location:The incumbent serves as the Assistant Chief/Site Manager, MH&BM; at the Austin site and has broad program management responsibilities which include the operation of key clinical programs at the Austin site. The incumbent is responsible for program development /evaluation at the Austin outpatient clinic for a wide-variety of outpatient clinics, including Mental Health (MHC), Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP), PTSD outpatient (PCT), Psychosocial Resource Recovery Center (PRRC), Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), and Primary Care-Mental Health Integrated (PC-MHI). S/he also oversees the mental health services provided at two CBOCS (La Grange and Cedar Park). S/he will develop and implement programs, policies and procedures, and monitor outcomes/performance measures that apply to the following outpatient programs: mental health clinic, primary care-mental health integration, and vocational rehabilitation.

Serves as the first-line supervisor for three GS-14 Psychology Program Managers and supervisory psychiatrist., and second line supervisor to over 10 psychiatrists, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners. The incumbent serves as the second line supervisor for over 60 staff. The incumbent approves leave requests and certifies cards. Provides leadership, guidance and consultation for the staff.

Waco Location: The incumbent serves as the Assistant Chief/Site Manager, MH&BM; at the Waco site and has broad program management responsibilities which include the operation of key clinical programs at the Waco site. The incumbent is responsible for program development /evaluation at the Waco facility for a wide-variety of residential, inpatient psychiatry, and outpatient services. S/he will develop and implement programs, policies and procedures, and monitor outcomes/performance measures that apply to the following outpatient programs: mental health clinic, primary care-mental health integration, and vocational rehabilitation.

Serves as the first-line supervisor for all MH&BM; staff assigned to a number of specific programs. Serves as the first line supervisor of two **GS-14 Psychology Program Managers and a Supervisory Psychiatrist. Serves as the second line supervisor for psychiatry services, including General NPs, psychiatrists, FNPs, and PAs as well as for all other psychology employees. The incumbent approves leave requests and certifies cards. Provides leadership, guidance and consultation for the staff.

Austin / Waco Locations:** Collaborates with MH&BM; management in the strategic planning for the service both on an annual and long-range basis. This includes participating in developing the MH&BM; Scope of Service, Service Strategies & Initiatives, Educational Plan, and the annual Strategic Performance Review (SPR) with management. Provides technical advice and assistance regarding all the above program areas in support of management and mission accomplishment. Ensures that Psychologists in the facility meet the requirements of the Psychologist Qualification Standards.

Oversees and participates as needed in the selection of candidates for assigned vacancies. Communicates with assigned staff to disseminate policies, provide CTVHCS updates, discuss performance, and obtain feedback. Prepares appropriate documentation, as necessary. Attends and participates in CTVHCS committees, boards and task forces as designated as well as committees within the VISN and/or community. Establishes and maintains good relations with various groups, organizations, other VA's, volunteer organizations, accrediting agencies, news media, and the community at large. Ensures that the areas under their responsibility are in compliance with accreditation requirements for VA, Joint Commission, CARF and other required regulatory guidelines. Incumbent reports to the ACOS, MH&BM.;

Provides a full range of psychological services, group, individual psychotherapy, and assessment services using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care. Provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training. Integrates and delivers cost effective, high quality patient care for their assigned clinical programs and administrative functions. Demonstrates knowledge of, and ability to appropriately utilize, evidenced based practices and clinical practice guidelines and demonstrates the ability to guide staff in using these tools. Provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services to employees, as necessary.

The incumbent however largely operates on a day to day basis in an independent manner with full responsibility to keep the chiefs apprised of activities and any issues in need of close collaboration.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; Extended hours and/or Saturday tours as needed. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must be evaluated by the Professional Standard Board
  • Must complete and pass the pre-employment process

Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Education. (1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR(2) Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. NOTE: The applicant must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the re-specialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship. [Psychologists who have successfully completed a re-specialization program as described above and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the educational requirements of these qualification standards.] [OR(3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND * Internships. (a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR(b) 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 Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR(c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR(d) Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.) [OR(e) Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. NOTE: Psychologists who meet the requirements of this revision and who were employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to the implementation of this standard are considered to have fully met the requirements of this qualification standard.] * Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. * English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. * Psychologist, GS-14 (Assistant Chief) * (a) Experience. At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. * (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: * Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. * Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. * Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meets multiple deadlines. * Ability to supervise and manage subordinate employees effectively. * Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution. * Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. * (c) Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Psychologist Assistant Chiefs serve as full assistant to a Service Chief, share the full scope of delegated managerial responsibilities, and serve as the Acting Service Chief in the absence of the Service Chief. They make decisions that affect staff and other resources with wide latitude of control and independent judgment. They may be delegated full administrative and clinical responsibility for planning and directing the staff assignments in a variety of clinical settings. Within that service, they may be assigned to specific program areas and may be involved in program evaluation and research activities. Psychologist Assistant Chiefs are responsible for the supervision, administrative management, and direction of the program services assigned to them. Duties include but are not limited to resolving staff conflicts which might interfere with the delivery of services, identifying continuing education and training needs, and other clinical and administrative responsibilities to ensure that the mission of the service and the medical center has been satisfied. Psychologist Assistant Chiefs independently provide psychological services at all levels of complexity and consult with peers and supervisors as appropriate.

References: VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14.


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Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (10-20 lbs.) occasionally. Reaching above shoulder; Frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); Sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking up to 6 hours per day); Standing (up to 8 hours per day); Infrequent climbing/descending of stairs; Some bending. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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.

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Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850c & Licensure
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search.

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  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference:Veterans' preference does not apply for current permanent Federal agency employees as long as they are listed as part of the area of consideration.

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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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/12/2018 to receive consideration.

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Agency contact information
Tammy Peterman

(254) 743-2049




VA Central Texas Health Care System 1901 Veterans Memorial Drive Temple, TX US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 06/12/2018 to 09/12/2018

Salary: $103,106 to $134,038 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent