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

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Summary

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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Responsibilities

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.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

13

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0185 Social Work

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Requirements
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 Boards
  • Must complete and pass the pre-employment process
  • Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Qualifications

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor 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. Hold a master's or doctoral degree in: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling. CACREP defines the date when graduates are considered to have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Additional information may be obtained from http://www.cacrep.org/directory/. NOTE: Traditional Rehabilitation counseling programs that are accredited by CACREP do not meet the LPMHC qualification standards as Traditional Rehabilitation counseling differs from Clinical Rehabilitation counseling. * Licensure.Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment. * English Language Proficiency. LPMHCs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.j. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. * Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Program Manager), GS-13 * (a) Experience, Education and Licensure.In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. The experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. * (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-12 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: * Ability to make judgments and decisions associated with program management. * Ability to monitor program outcomes using data driven quality assurance process. * Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided. * Ability to manage a wide range of programs which include the operation and management of key clinical, training or administrative programs. References: VA Handbook 5005/44, Part II, Appendix G42, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor.

Marriage and Family Therapist 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. Hold a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or have graduated from a nationally accredited program conferring a comparable mental health degree as specified in the qualification standards of those disciplines (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry). All additional course work taken to be accepted for MFT licensure must come from a nationally accredited program in one of the above areas. NOTE: A doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program is considered to be a comparable mental health degree. * Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to MFT positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State. * English Language Proficiency.MFTs 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. * Marriage and Family Therapist Program Manager, GS-13 * (a) Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to that obtained at the GS-12 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. * (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. * Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees to include staff performance evaluation. * Ability to facilitate professional development of other MFTs and guide them in current practice guidelines. * Ability to contribute to professional development of staff members across a variety of disciplines within program specific area. * Ability to collaborate with leaders of other disciplines within facilities, the community, VISN, and VACO. * Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives, reporting requirements and ability to devise ways to adapt work operations to new and changing programs, staffing and budget requirements. This includes knowledge of VA policy and procedures as well as fair, principled and decisive leadership practices. * Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. * Ability to clinically supervise in areas related to the provision of marital and family therapy services to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. * Knowledge of the roles, contributions and interrelationships of other disciplines within the program. References:VA Handbook 5005/44, Part II, Appendix G44, Marriage and Family Therapist.

Social Worker 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. 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 that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work. * Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website. * English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. * Social Worker Program Coordinators and Manager.For Social Worker Program Coordinators, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility and the type, size, and complexity of the assignment. * (a) Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or

Education
  • Qualifications Continued - Social Worker:
  • (a) Experience, Education and Licensure. or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
  • (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.
  • Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s).
  • Ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice. References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker.

The full performance level of this vacancy is **GS-13.

IMPORTANT:**A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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

  • VA Form 10-2850c & Lisense
  • Resume
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • VA Form 10-2850c & Lisense
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

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Tammy Peterman
Phone

(254) 743-2049

Email

TAMMY.PETERMAN@VA.GOV

Address

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

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502151800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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

Salary: $87,252 to $113,428 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent