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Psychologist - Associate Chief Of Staff For Mental Health

Mather Air Force Base, CA, USA | USA Government

  • Industry:
    Government / Military
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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The VA Northern California Health Care System is recruiting for a Psychologist to service as the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Service. The incumbent will directly oversee the inter-professional teams organized around program lines, including General Mental Health (GMH), Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC), Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Services (ICMHRS), Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (PSR) and others.

Administrative Responsibilities (90% of time).

Has direct administrative and professional supervision for the following staff - Associate Chief, MHSL/PhD, Medical Director, MHSL/Psychiatrist, Administrative Officer, MHSL, Acute Care Program Manager, and Practice Manager

Incumbent has overall responsibility for, and second-level supervisory responsibilities for all other staff within Mental Health Services (encompassing all programs and disciplines such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, Nurse Practitioners, Addiction Therapists, Peer support specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation specialists and administrative support.

Has line and staff authority for resource allocations within Mental Health Service Line.

Ensures efficient operation of the Mental Health Service Line.

Prepares annual Budget Call for the Service Line.

Monitors and oversees Fund Control Points

Seeks additional resources as warranted, with use of data-driven criteria in support of all requests

Responsibilities include supervision of staff, program management, and administrative responsibilities that are complex in scope and that constitute a significant portion of the medical center.

Specifically, the incumbent has the supervisory responsibilities noted above, with additional responsibilities that include:

Management of Human Resource aspects of service line operations, including hiring and disciplinary action, Labor/Management relations, performance appraisals, and professional boarding procedures for various disciplines.

Primary responsibility for all aspects of administration both within MHSL and in the relationship of MHSL to the VA Medical Center at large.

Monitors and reports to facility and VISN leadership regarding status of Mental Health Performance Measures for the Medical Center, with preparation and implementation oversight for any corrective actions necessary.

Consults with and serves as a resource for other service lines and facility leadership concerning the need for the development of mental health services.

Responsible for coordination of a mental health response in the event of critical occurrences of violence or disaster at the facility, disasters, and/or mass casualty occurrences.

Develops responses to controlled correspondence at the Medical Center, VISN, and VACO levels, inclusive of responding to elected representatives and the OIG Hotline concerning patient care and other matters of public interest.

Oversees the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements within programs using data-driven quality assurance processes.

Is responsible for timely completion of all program evaluations and documents required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, VISN, and VACO, ensuring compliance with appropriate accrediting bodies (such as JCAHO) and monitoring entities (such as NEPEC), as appropriate.

Has contact on a regular and recurring basis with individuals representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. In particular, this individual:

Develops and maintains working relationships with health care peers at major military installations within the VAMC service area

Provides media interviews on elements related to provision of mental health services at the facility as requested/approved by Public Affairs Officer

Provides congressional staff and GAO briefings as requested

Participates in a variety of Medical Center Committees, Councils and Boards.

Clinical Responsibilities (10% of time).

Provides psychodiagnostic services including assessment, including intermittent completion of Compensation & Pension evaluations.

Provides therapeutic interventions including individual therapy - may also provide clinical coverage for group therapy for unexpected absences of primary therapist.

Provides family education and intervention with complex cases on the inpatient ward.

Consults with staff regarding complex cases, ethical dilemmas, and situations in which patients present with disruptive behavior.

Maintains full clinical privileges as a member of the Medical Staff, and abides by Medical Staff By-laws for own practice and via oversight for Medical Staff within MHSL

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

Pre-employment physical required

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Physical Requirements: Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this vacancy

English Language: Must be proficient in written and spoken English

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

(4) 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.

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.

Grade Determination: In addition to minimum qualifications, each applicant must meet the grade requirements set forth below in order to be considered Minimally Qualified at the grade level offered in this vacancy announcement.

Senior Psychologist, GS-15 (Service Chief)

(a) Experience. At least four years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-14 level.

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

1. Ability to supervise and manage a large group of professional staff effectively.

2. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively with supervisors from other units.

3. Ability to accurately apply the qualification standards, assesses the potential of current and prospective employees, and promotes their professional development.

4. Ability to develop appropriate productivity standards for professional staff, often across multiple program lines.

5. Knowledge of the goals and objectives of the medical center and VISN and ability to communicate these to subordinates.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30pm

References: VA Handbook 5005, Chapter II, Appendix G18. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review

Telework: May be available to highly qualified candidate, according to local policy

Virtual: This position is not virtual

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


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