Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist (Mental Health Service Line Manager) in Manchester, New Hampshire

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Manchester, NH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1827342

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 to

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.

Relocation Expenses have been authorized for this position.


DUTIES: The incumbent serves as the Chief for the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Manchester NH. The incumbent has final decision-making authority, responsibility, and accountability on all issues affecting the MHSL. He/She collaborates with all relevant managers and staff system-wide to ensure integrated goals and priorities for the MHSL are established and met. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring effective operations for all areas covered by the Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook (inclusive of services for outpatient, residential, inpatient, community-based, homeless, substance abuse, seriously mentally ill, rehabilitation and recovery-oriented services, suicide prevention, gender and age specific services, specialized Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, rural mental health, prevention and management of violence, and Military Sexual Trauma). Additional duties include:

  • Establishing organizational structure and guidelines, creating performance standards, work review and reporting requirements, and defining the lines of authority and supervisory control necessary to carrying out the mission of the MHSL.

  • Planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating a large, integrated mental health program for the VAMC.

  • Performing wider-range and higher-level management functions for the VAMC and VISN 1 through participation in planning and oversight boards, councils, and committees.

  • Developing and maintaining continuing programs in the area of professional peer review, organizational improvement, continuing education, scope of practice, clinical privileging and other quality improvement activities

  • Providing direct health care to clients within incumbent's area of expertise, on a limited basis.

  • Supervising and managing subordinate employees.

  • Assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees.

  • Conflict resolution.

  • Working collaboratively with other disciplines and supervisor.

  • Directing all activities of the MHSL, including Budget and Fiscal Management, HR Management, strategic planning, and program management and evaluation.

  • Serving as a member of a number of facility and VISN level committees.

  • Formulating policy and operating procedures ensuring compliance with VA regulations, statues and the standards of requirements of various internal and external reviews and accrediting bodies.

  • Maintaining close liaison with other VAMC managers and senior leadership.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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


  • 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.

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

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $130,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453610800

Job Announcement Number: JT-17-LJM-1827342