Working with the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health (ACOS-MH) and the Mental Health Administrative Officer (AO), the Chief of Psychiatry is responsible for the overall operation of the Psychiatry Service Line at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS). He/she will oversee clinical psychiatry operations, including budget and fiscal management, human resources management, strategic planning and program development. The Chief of Psychiatry assures that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of available resources. He/she ensures the quality and timeliness of the service provided, customer satisfaction, as well as compliance with standards of accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission. The Chief of Psychiatry will serve as site coordinator for the Psychiatry Residency affiliated with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School.
As Chief, Psychiatry Service, your duties will include,butare not limited to the following:
1. Assume the responsibility, in collaboration with the AO andthe ACOS for MH, for the overall management of the VATVCBHCS Psychiatry Service Lineat all four Mental Health outpatient clinics and two specialty care centers. This includes the organization of the administrative day-to-day activities of the Psychiatry Service Line.
2. Coordinate and integrate the interdepartmental functioning of the VATVCBHCS Psychiatry Service Line and Mental Health. This includes chairing relevant meetings.
3. Complete performance appraisals, proficiency reports, and professional practice evaluations on staff psychiatrists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners assigned to the Psychiatry Service Line.
1. Interpret lab tests and other specialty imaging to establish diagnosis and assist in management of psychiatric conditions.
2. Serve as psychiatric attending physician to medical students, psychiatric residents and others approved to rotate with VATVCBHCS Mental Health and participate in mental health - related educational activities as appropriate.
3. Participate, as appropriate, in clinical research activities in accordance with VATVCBHCS policies and IRB rules.
Quality of Care:
1.The provider will keep abreast of the recent advances in respective specialty techniques and technological innovations as they become available. The provider will apply these techniques and innovations within the framework of the Veterans Administration's guidelines, directives, goals and mission.
2. Achieve Performance Improvement/QM programs in his/her practice.
1. Represent the organization, internally and externally, in a manger that reflects positively on the Health Care System and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
2. Advise and coordinate activities, resolving controversial issues related to program operations and influencing top management decisions on educational program activities. Maintain amicable and open relations, to respond to specific inquiries and to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and open communication with entities having an interest in the activities of the VA. Require skill in negotiating and persuasion and the ability to communicate diplomatically.
Recruitment/relocation incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
Relocation expenses/PCS:Not Authorized
Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Not Authorized.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
Functional Statement Title/#: Chief, Psychiatry Service, Office of theAssociate Chief of Staff, Mental Health
Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
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.
Completion of a residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience: 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.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements:?, Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); Heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); Pulling hand over hand (2 hours); Pushing (1 hour); Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Kneeling (1 hour); Repeated bending (2 hours), both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability. 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:
Please use this checklist to ensure 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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1976580.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.