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Psychiatrist (Assistant Director of Mental Health)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1264747
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.
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go /
NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.
Patient Centered Care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient Centered Care also considers the Veterans' personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles. It keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family member become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.
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.
A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive has been approved for this position and may be offered to qualified candidates.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required. Must pass pre-employment examination. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. Background and/or Security Investigation required. Must be proficient in written and spoken English
This announcement will be extended until the vacancy is filled. Referral of qualified candidates will occur on closing date shown. Candidates previously applying need not reapply.
Effective and inspiring leadership is the most important function of the Assistant Director of Mental Health, at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH. The incumbent is responsible for modeling compassionate and concerned care for the Veterans who come to our door, and for communicating that expectation to Mental Health Service Line staff.
The Assistant Director of Mental Health (ADMH) for Manchester oversees and directs psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, mental health nursing staff, clinical pharmacists and other mental health employees as assigned. The ADMH is responsible for the quality of psychiatric services delivered to Veterans, for programmatic development and change, and for operating within budgetary constraints of the facility. The ADMH is also responsible for leading and helping to develop and sustain with the prescribing and medical staff, a viable, vibrant and powerful shared vision for the Manchester Mental Health Service Line. S/he is responsible for maintaining high morale and motivation within the Service.
This includes providing necessary up-to-date education for the mental health staff. This task entails developing the capacity to create the kind of Service the staff truly desire, by nurturing the ability as a group to habitually see the whole or system, and by nurturing the ability in staff to develop new and innovative patterns of thinking to increase productivity, gain flexibility and adaptively for the Service.
The ADMH will also carry a limited clinical caseload as assigned by the Mental Health Service Line Manager. He/She is an independent provider who is highly skilled in the management of a patient's mental health needs or sub specialty evaluation and treatment. To achieve a practical model of patient care, a Team Practice model will be developed, where each patient has an indentified primary health provider, and care is reviewed and managed through a multidisciplinary team utilizing a biopsychosocial model. The ADMH will be responsible for the longitudinal management of the patient within a sound clinical environment, while creating an efficient cost-management of the patient's on-going care. The ADMH is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of care. The provider conducts history and mental status exams on assigned patients, completes intake assessments and formulated diagnosis; develops and present treatment plans to the multidisciplinary treatment team; orders all necessary laboratory assessments; initially consults and referrals. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining effective and up-to-date documentation of patient encounters.
Finally, but of high importance, the ADMH must have the temperament and drive to carry out the major responsibility of creating, perpetuating, and modeling in the Service a positive, nurturing, non-punitive culture so that staff feel free to create and speak their minds.
Responsibilities:
Membership and active participation in the Mental Health Management Team. A core group of mental health supervisors responsible for leading the mission of the departments.
S/he has direct responsibility for the Performance Plans, Performance Evaluations and for supervision of the mental health medical staff, including mental health psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nursing staff and mental health clinical pharmacists.
The ADMH works within a cooperative structure in the facility in conjunction with the MH Service Line Manager (MHSLM), the Chief of Staff and the Nurse Executive.
The ADMH may sit on the facility's Medical Executive Board.
The Mental Health Executive Committee (MHEC) is a group in the VISN that is advisory to the VISN Mental Health Service Line Manager. All Local Mental Health Service Line managers in the VISN are members of that Committee, and the Manchester ADMH may participate in a way that is collaborative and helpful to other MHEC mebers. While the Manchester ADMH represents Manchester's interests on the Committee, it is also his/her responsibility to be able to "take his/her hat off" and see what is best for the entire VISN. The ADMH has the responsibility particularly to reach out to the Mental Health Service Line within the VISN, with whom there needs to be good collaboration to expedite treatment to veterans.
The ADMH provides teaching to mental health staff in areas of mental health, at the facility and maintains Manchester as a highly desired environment to practice.
The ADMH is involved in clinical work specific to his/her discipline and is credentialed and privileged as appropriate, by the facility.
Active promotion of the support and advancement of new knowledge in Psychiatry is a central taks of the ADMH.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
_Preferred Experience: 3-5 years of experience supervising Mental Health Precscribers (psychiatrists and or nurse practitioners) strongly preferred_.
_Preferred Certification: Applicant selected for this position should either possess or be willing to obtain Suboxone certification within 6 months of employment._
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: No special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require a period of standing. The regular and recurring work of the poosition involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyance may be required.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
_FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS, INCLUDING UPLOADING OF DOCUMENTS, PLEASE GO TO "HELP/FAQS" AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE._
To apply for this position , you must complete the TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on TAG:Closing Date 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 USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
DD-214
Other
Other Veterans Document
SF-15
SF-50
Transcript
VA Form 10-2850 Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at ) (required in order to be considered for position).
Please use this _checklist_to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1264747.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 08, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Your application, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
After the vacancy announcement closes, your materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualification and area of consideration requirements for this vacancy. You will be informed via E-mail whether or not you meet these requirements. If qualified, you will also be notified if you are referred to the hiring official. If referred, you will be contacted directly by the hiring department if you have been selected for an interview (not all candidates are always interviewed). If selected for the vacancy, you will receive a phone call. If another candidate is selected, you will be informed via E-mail. Every effort is made to complete the selection process within 30 days of the announcement closing date.
You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement TAG:Closing Date.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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