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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist (Deputy Associate Chief Of Staff - Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Operations) in San Diego, California

Summary This position is being offered to multiple disciplines. The candidate will be chosen from one of three announcements. This position is for a Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Operations. The primary purpose of this position is to provide leadership, budgetary oversight, and programmatic management to the Outpatient MH Units under the direction of the Associate Chief of Staff for MH (ACOS) and in collaboration with the Deputy ACOS MH/Chief Psychiatrist. Responsibilities VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Major duties include, but are not limited to: Organizes, coordinates, and harmonizes the day-to-day operational components of outpatient mental health services in the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL). In conjunction with the ACOS MH and in collaboration with the Deputy ACOS/Chief Psychiatrist, provides leadership in both short and long-range strategic planning for outpatient services in the MHCL in support of the Network Director's performance measures, VAMC Director's, ACOS for Mental Health, MHCL and other goals set forth by VISN22. Adapts the principles, practices, processes, and techniques common to any situation to the specialized requirements of the Medical Center. Plans and schedules work in a manner that promotes a smooth flow and even distribution. Coordinates, plans, and schedules with other managers and customers as appropriate. Identifies need for changes in priorities and takes action to implement such changes. Provides direct supervisory oversight of the MHCL outpatient units IU4-IU7 section chiefs and oversees all outpatient mental health programming across all 3 missions of the VA (clinical, education, and research). Exercises direct supervisory personnel management responsibilities of IU4-7 section chiefs in conjunction with subordinate's Service Chief or Discipline Lead. Advises and provides counsel to employees regarding policies, procedures, and directives of management. Selects or recommends selection of candidates for vacancies, promotions, details, and reassignments in consideration of skills and qualifications, mission requirements. Applies EEO principles and requirements to all personnel management actions and decisions, and ensures all personnel are treated in a manner free of discrimination. Develops, modifies, and/or interprets performance standards. Ensures that staff has job specific orientation and monitors the professional file with Human Resources for the preparation of JCAHO and/or CARF reviews. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates; sets and adjusts short-term priorities; and prepares schedules. Assigns work to subordinate employees based on the MHCL, VASDHS, VISN, and Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) priorities and consideration of difficulty and requirements of assignments such that the experience, training, and abilities of staff are effectively utilized to meet organization and customer needs. Balances workload and provides advice, guidance, and direction on a wide range of clinical, budgetary and administrative issues. Structures assignments to create effective and economical positions. Coordinates with the ACOS MH, Deputy ACOS/Chief Psychiatrist, Office of Mental Health, Service Chiefs and Discipline Leads, and customers as appropriate. Explains performance expectations to employees and provides regular feedback on strengths and weaknesses. Holds employees responsible for satisfactory completion of work assignments. Appraises subordinate workers performance ensuring consistency and equity in rating techniques. Recommends awards when appropriate and approves within­ grade increases. Initiates action to correct performance or conduct problems as appropriate. Effects minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands and recommends action in more serious disciplinary matters. Prepares documentation to support actions taken. Identifies employee developmental needs and provides or arranges for training (formal and informal) to improve job performance. Provides leadership to ensure that MHCL meets all clinical programming expectations of the Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook and any other relevant handbooks and policies. Researches, interprets, analyzes and applies MHCL, VASDHS, VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, JCAHO, GARF, and related professional, Federal and VHA policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure compliance and successful outcomes of any site visit or audit. Supports Research and Educational inititatives across MHCL. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: A minimum of two (2) years professional experience with experience in program administration, supervision of staff, performance improvement, and the delivery of mental health services Excellence in clinical care with 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 Ability to direct health care benefits in a managed care setting across a health care system Demonstrated leadership abilities by increasing health awareness, measuring outcomes, and involving others in improving care Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view Demonstrated analytical ability to find viable solutions to complex problems utilizing data, logic and/or research methodology, and provide senior leaders with viable make/buy options to address complex cost/benefits options Demonstrated familiarity and experience with VA rules and regulations relating to community care, including the Mission Act Ability to manage and balance complex cost decisions regarding whether to approve care based on cost avoidance versus patient preferences Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program Ability to utilize systems thinking in managing ethical dilemmas Demonstrated ability to understand and utilize systems redesign or other performance improvement methodologies to analyze and monitor existing processes, and develop and implement effective solutions to optimize the delivery of high-quality healthcare services Eligibility for an academic appointment at the affiliated medical school. 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: The position requires occasional, standing, crouching, carrying, stooping, kneeling, pushing and pulling less than 25 pounds. There may be frequent reaching and walking. As this is a sedentary position, it may require sitting for long periods. The incumbent will frequently communicate with staff and customers online, in person and through emails. 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: Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. 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. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.] NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.