The position serves as the Psychiatry Service Chief and Division Director/IMPACT Unit Leader for the Acute and Intensive Services unit (IU1) of the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) of VA San Diego healthcare System (VASDHS). The MHCL of VASDHS is a hybrid care line including Psychiatry and Psychology Services as well as Mental Health Social Work, Mental Health Nursing, and Mental Health Psychiatric Pharmacy leadership and staff. Services are provided across 6 distinct division/units, which include IU1 where acute and intensive mental health services are provided (e.g., psychiatric emergency clinic, ED coverage, inpatient MH units). The primary purpose of this position is to provide leadership, budgetary oversight, and programmatic management to: 1) the Psychiatry Service and 2) IU1. The position has broad program management responsibilities which include the operation and management of key clinical and administrative programs and responsibilities including development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; and monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process. In his/her capacity as the Chief of Psychiatry service, the incumbent takes the lead in recruitment and retention of exceptional psychiatrists, reviews the experience, training, and licensure status of all psychiatrists and psychiatric trainees at VASDHS providing clinical care to ensure that staff meet all credentialing/privileging requirements, and collaborates with other IU Directors in the supervision of staff in the Psychiatry Service. The Chief of Psychiatry serves as a key advisor to the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental health (ACOS MH), Deputy ACOS MH, and the MHCL leadership for issues related to psychiatric programming, quality assurance, psychiatric research and training. In collaboration with the Training program directors and the academic affiliate, the incumbent provides oversight for the training of psychiatry and related medical trainees. As the IU1 Division Director, the position is primarily responsible for the oversight of all clinical and administrative duties of that unit as well as the oversight and direct supervision of a multidisciplinary team of providers. These responsibilities include participation in strategic and operational planning, establishing workload targets, reviewing staffing and resource utilization, development of overall policies governing the provision of services within IU1, and communication and collaboration with other services and clinical teams that also serve acute and intensive services across VASDHS. The incumbent reports directly to the ACOS MH.
Work Schedule: The work schedule will be discussed during the interview process. Weekend, holiday, and overtime work may be required to meet patient needs.
Functional Statement Title:Chief of Psychiatry Service/IU1 Division Director Mental Health Care Line (MHCL)
This is a non-bargaining unit position
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized to highly qualified candidate.Basic Requirements:
a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with section A, chapter 3, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
(1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.
c. Licensure and Registration. Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
d. Residency Training. Physicians must have completed residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
e. Physical Requirements.See outlined below.
f. English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
PHYSICIAN STAFF REQUIREMENTS:
Service Chief or Line Manager. A Service Chief or Line Manager physician must demonstrate the following:
(a) Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty;
(b) Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality and performance improvement.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, datedDecember 15, 2015. This can be found at the Human Resources Office.
- Board certification in Psychiatry
- Excellence in clinical care, preferably in integrated mental health services, and expertise in at least one mental health disorder highly relevant to the VA clinical core mission
- Demonstrated successful track record as an administrator overseeing robust clinical programs in a large and complex health care facility
- Recognized expertise as an educator and/or a demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed research as evidenced by contributions to the peer-reviewed literature and/or peer reviewed grant funding
- Experience in leading multidisciplinary staff including psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, pharmacy, and others working in mental health settings
- Eligibility for an academic appointment at the affiliated medical school
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. Physical Requirements:?, Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Bending/stooping; Twisting; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing aid permitted; Mental and Emotional Stability required.
*IF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PROVIDED, YOU WILL BE RATED AS INELIGIBLE. Documents 1-3 are required for every applicant.*
2. VA Form 10-2850, Application for Physician (Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-2850-fill_BAK.pdf
3. Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire (if applying online, you will be prompted to respond electronically. If submitting application via fax, you must complete the 1203FX.)
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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 1899802.
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.