Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief of Psychiatry Service) in Battle Creek, Michigan

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Battle Creek, MI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 12/6/2016 (41 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive*(Sign-On Bonus) *has been authorized.

A Household Goods (PCS) Move has not been authorized.

Physician Recruiter: Kenneth Mitchell Phone: 734-660-0024

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820071

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Battle Creek VA Healthcare Delivery System is strategically located midway between Chicago and Detroit. Battle Creek offers the serenity of country living and the cultural and recreational amenities offered in urban settings. Enjoy all that Western Michigan has to offer from city life to country living. If you enjoy the outdoors, there are a number of rivers and lakes that provide opportunities for kayaking, boating, hiking, fishing, canoeing, picnicking and other recreation.


As the Battle Creek VA Healthcare Delivery System's Chief of Psychiatry, the physician will have the opportunity to foster development within the Psychiatry Service line for one of VHA's most stable health care systems, guide the development of a growing Psychiatry Residency program in partnership with the Western Michigan University's Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine, and become a member of a high performing mental health team. Duties include:

  • Working under the direction of the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health (ACOS-MH) and in collaboration with the Mental Health Administrative Officer (AO), the Chief of Psychiatry is responsible for the overall operation of the Psychiatry Service Line within the Battle Creek VA Healthcare Delivery System.
  • At present, the Battle creek VA Medical Center has over 18 Full-time Psychiatry positions serving roles in Inpatient Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Urgent Care and Outpatient duties in Battle Creek, the Wyoming Health Care Center and outpatient clinics in Lansing, Benton Harbor and Muskegon, Michigan.
  • The Chief is responsible for strategic planning for the provision of mental health care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings; coordination of fee basis care; managing care through planning, prioritizing and coordinating resources; assuring compliance with regulatory/accreditation standards including the Joint Commission and CARF as well as VA performance measures and quality standards.
  • Clinical duties as Chief of Psychiatry include but are not limited to: provision of psychiatric care in an outpatient setting including diagnosis, management, and follow-up of psychiatric patients, review and make recommendations for transfer to a tertiary care center when appropriate.
  • Administrative duties as Chief of Psychiatry include but are not limited to: responsibility for the overall management of the Battle Creek VAMC Psychiatry Service Line, providing leadership and accountability for all aspects of psychiatric care at the Battle Creek VAMC and surrounding outpatient clinics, utilization of data to formulate both short and long term strategic goals for the service line, implementation of general policies, standards, and goals that are consistent with the mission of VHA and in compliance with applicable accreditation agencies, monitor and ensure efficient and appropriate operation of the service line.

Work Schedule: 1st Shift - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Scope of Practice for Psychiatrists

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to the surrounding outpatient clinics may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements: Board Certification is not included as a basic requirement in the VA physician qualification standard, it is not be considered an absolute requirement for appointment.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: Administrative or programmatic oversight over mental health programs within the VA or a comparative setting would be desirable for this position.

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.

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.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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: The Chief of Psychiatry position will require light lifting, and light carrying under 15 pounds, use of fingers, some walking (.5 hours) and standing (1.0 hour) throughout the day, and from to and from offices. This position will require working outside and inside, working alone and working closely with others.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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.

Salary Range: $210,000.00 to $270,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452721600

Job Announcement Number: BI-16-711-MDM-1820071