Physician (Psychiatrist)-Chief Mental Health Service
Department of Veterans Affairs - Marion, IN

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  • Abraham Lincoln

VACANCY ID: 843218

POSITION TITLE: Physician (Psychiatrist)-Chief Mental Health Service


SERIES: 0602

Beginning grade: 15

Ending grade: 15

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) was formed in 1995 by the integration of the VA Medical Centers in Fort Wayne and Marion, Indiana. The mission of VANIHCS is to provide coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive quality primary care, mental health services, and extended care to Veterans in a timely, accessible and cost effective manner. The Fort Wayne campus offers primary and secondary medical and surgical services, and the Marion campus offers a full range of psychiatry services, nursing home care and extended care services. Primary care clinics are available at both campuses and at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in South Bend, Goshen, Peru and Muncie, Indiana.

  • The selected candidate's salary will be determined by a Compensation Panel.
The Compensation Panel will review the selected candidate's qualifications, board certifications, professional training/fellowship(s), and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary based on the individual's accomplishments.

This announcement will remain open until filled.

First cutoff will be March 31, 2013, and continue every 14 days thereafter. Once a selection has been made, this announcement will close without further notification.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


relocation/recruitment incentive

has been authorized.

Relocation expenses

are authorized for eligible applicants. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. PCS is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


Once appointed, if you meet all established criteria, you may be eligible to apply for partial student loan reimbursement under the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), subject to available funding. You will be required to make contact with the Program Coordinator in Human Resources within 60 days of your appointment date to confirm your eligibility and initiate application paperwork.


U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens

Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification or Registration required.

Must pass pre-employment physical examination.

Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.

Background and/or Security Investigation required.

English Language Proficiency required.

The incumbent has final decision-making authority, responsibility and accountability on all issues affecting Mental Health Service (MHS). He/She collaborates with operations and program/section managers to ensure integrated goals and priorities for the MHS are established and met. He/She also works closely with peers in other service lines, services, and management to meet the needs of the medical center’s recognized customer groups. He/she is responsible to ensure all residency training program mandates are met in coordination with program coordinators, internally and externally. The incumbent is knowledgeable of overall VA, VISN, and medical center goals, missions, and priorities to assure a positive impact on programs and resources.

The incumbent works as a member of the Clinical Executive Board. He/She is ultimately responsible for the successful performance of the MHS. This responsibility includes the overall effective operations; including, inpatient and outpatient care, mental health services in the community-based clinics, psychology services, patient/customer satisfaction, quality of services provided, efficiency of service delivery and effective resources management.

VANIHCS is a dual campus facility with Medical Centers in Marion and Fort Wayne and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Goshen, Muncie, Peru and South Bend. The incumbent will be responsible for MHS programs at both Medical Centers and CBOCS. Travel between the facilities will be required.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2 dated 4/15/03.

Citizen of the United States.Non-citizens will be considered when there are no available U.S. citizens.

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 Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Licensure and Registration:
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.

English Language Proficiency:
Physicians, including residents, 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).

Board Certification is highly desirable.

All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the VA Qualifications Standards Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2 dated 4/15/03 Title 38 Positions. It is available for your review on at


(Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

1. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or have a United States Green Card.

2. Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

3. New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

4. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

5. Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.

6. 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

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 vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.

• If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. For additional information regarding performance-based interviews please review the following website on the Internet:


• The selectee may be required to serve a one or two years probationary period.

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