As the ACOS of Mental Health of the Mountain Home VA Healthcare System (MHVAHCS), the incumbent has administrative, professional, and technical responsibility for the mental health care delivery system within MHVAHCS. The MHVAHCS consists of the main facility located in Mountain Home, Tennessee and outlying CBOCs in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
The ACOS for Mental Health (MH) has full and final authority with respect to administration of the service line. The ACOS for MH is responsible for goals, priorities, policies, procedures, clinical programs and resource allocations pertaining to the MHSL. Staff directly assigned to the MHSL is accountable to the ACOS for MH. All such personnel appointments are subject to the initial and continuing approval authority (within the limits imposed by fiscal realities), for all decisions relative to staffing, including individual assignments, team composition (size, and professional mix), performance measures and productivity standards.
The ACOS for MH is responsible for establishing an organizational structure and an operating system that ensures the efficient and timely accomplishment of MHSL goals and priorities. He/she will ensure that MHSL programs reflect and support the mission and priorities of MHVAHCS. He/she will participate actively in the strategic planning process, in collaboration with other MHVAHCS Clinical Directors, the Associate Directors, the Chief of Staff and the MHVAHCS Director. The MHSL is responsible for representing the MHSL internally and externally, as one of the major service lines within MHVAHCS. He/she will establish and ensure the integrity and full functionality of communication systems within the MHSL to inform personnel in a timely manner of program developments which affect them. He/she will establish and maintain policies and procedures that contribute effectively to excellence in customer service. He/she will allocate financial, space, equipment and human resources effectively within the MHSL in a manner which demonstrates commitment to quality health care delivery, improved productivity, technological advances and cost effectiveness.
The ACOS for MH is responsible for ensuring that internal control systems consistent with OMB, GAO, and VA guidelines are in place, and identified problems are corrected in a timely manner. This responsibility includes ensuring that complaints from internal and external customers and received and addressed effectively. The Director will ensure that complaints and problems of a recurring nature are investigated and corrective actions are initiated in a timely manner.
The ACOS for MH directly supervises and is assisted by the MHSL Administrative Officer, the Chief of Psychology, Chief of Psychiatry, Lead MH Social Worker, and Chief of the Domiciliary in administration of the MHSL. Through the MHSL leadership team, the ACOS for MH also supervises the Clinical Managers of the major product lines in Mental Health.
The ACOS for MH functions as a top management official within MHVAHCS. As such, the incumbent serves as a member of the MHVAHCS Medical Executive Board, as well as appropriate Executive Committees at the VISN level.
The incumbent has professional management and administrative responsibilities that are broad and complex in scope, and constitutes a significant part of this VA Health Care System. Decisions are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. He/she has line and staff authority for resource allocations within his/her area of responsibility. He/she ensures the efficient operation of the organizational unit.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:45 am to 4:30 pm.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS)Expenses areauthorized for this position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station 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 http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp
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.
Education. 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.
Licensure. 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. Must be proficientin spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Board certified in psychiatry preferred.
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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
Physical Requirements: Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan, and educate residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (45 pounds or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeating bending. They should be emotionally and mentally stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this facility's Human Resources Management Office at 423-926-1171 extension 7181. The decision on the type of reasonable accommodation to be granted will be made on a case-by-case basis.
All forms MUST be signed and dated. Forms without signatures and dates will NOT be accepted.
The following documents are required at the time of submission:
CV or Resume' - Your resume should include a description of job duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. Descriptions of job duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience. (Required)
Responses to the questionnaire. (Required)
The following documents are required after selection:
If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit a SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf). (Required if Applicable)
Most Recent SF-50 - Current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that indicates thetype of service. (Required if Applicable)
If you are a virtual employee physically located at the Mountain Home VA Healthcare System (MHVAHCS) and you wish to be considered in the first area of consideration along with other facility employees, you must ALSO provide evidence of your eligibility such as a signed memorandum, commitment letter, etc. indicating that such an agreement is in place.
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 1976662.
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.
Manual applications will be accepted from James H. Quillen VAMC employees.