Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Marriage and Family Therapist in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822079

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.

Fayetteville is nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, and is an outdoor paradise with hiking, golf, fishing, rafting, boating, and four distinct seasons. Fayetteville is the home of the University of Arkansas "Razorbacks" which provides the community with a college atmosphere. The area is home to several fortune 500 businesses such as Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, and J. B. Hunt Trucking, who have been generous benefactors for the community and the arts. In the neighboring community of Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum recently open and was labeled as one the top 10 must see places in America. Fayetteville has outstanding public schools, excellent parks and trail system and is ranked as 4th "best college sports town" and 8th for business and careers by Forbes Magazine. Fayetteville is ranked as 7th best city in America to work, live and play by Kiplinger. The cost of living is 90% of the national average with affordable housing available in all price ranges. Northwest Arkansas has an excellent airport with direct flights to Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Denver. For additional information go to or * *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.

Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized for this position.


The Vet Center Team Leader is responsible for the over-all clinical and administrative functions of the Vet Center. The Team Leader, in coordination with the regional manager, defines the mission and scope of practice of the Center according to policies of Readjustment Counseling Service and the needs of the local veteran community. The incumbent supervises the staff of the Vet Center and is responsible for evaluating performance. The Team Leader develops networks and working relationships external to the Vet Center and the Department of Veteran Affairs with veteran service organizations, community based agencies, and mental health organizations to enhance service priorities, based upon the direction of the Regional Manager, and makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory members of the Regional Manager's office. The incumbent serves as a consultant and subject matter expert to programs and resources external to the Vet Center on matters of readjustment needs of veterans. The incumbent serves as the Supervisory Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMMHC) on the multidisciplinary team that is located in a community-based Vet Center that provides veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources and community education regarding the problems and needs of the veteran. The incumbent maintains an office in the Vet Center. The incumbent ensures that the Vet Center operates in an efficient manner that ensures good patient care. Budget management, clinical staff supervision, compliance to applicable RCS and VHA policy is performed on a routine basis. The incumbent will work in cooperative collaboration with other team members and professionals, volunteers and others in VA facilities and community agencies to help veterans recognize and resolve their problems and needs. The counseling and therapeutic services provided by the Vet Center range from routine to complex and include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, short and long term treatment with clients exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder, other psychiatric disorders and/or readjustment problems. Clients encountered and problems exhibited necessitates a variety of psychological, rehabilitation, marriage and family counseling and mental health techniques including, but not limited to, individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm (may include some nights and weekend work) Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor /000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.

COVERAGE. The following are requirements for appointment as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). These requirements apply to all VHA MFTs in the GS-101 series, including those assigned to VA Medical Centers, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), Vet Centers, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) offices, and VHA Central Office.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA MFT are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(10), as amended by section 201 of Public Law 109-461, enacted December 22, 2006. To qualify for appointment as an MFT in VHA, all applicants must:

Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

Education. Hold a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or have graduated from a nationally accredited program conferring a comparable mental health degree as specified in the qualification standards of those disciplines (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry). All additional course work taken to be accepted for MFT licensure must come from a nationally accredited program in one of the above areas.

Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to MFT positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State. Physical Requirements. The candidate selected may need to successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.

English Language Proficiency. MFTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph


Creditable Experience

Knowledge of Current Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Practices: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current professional marriage and family therapy practice. The experience must be post-master's degree or above. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MFT, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

Quality of Experience: Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry) from an accredited training program and includes work as a professional MFT directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to marriage and family therapy experience at the next lower grade level. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

GS-12 Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor

Experience, Education, and Licensure: In addition to the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-11 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to assess qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees to include staff performance evaluation.

  2. Ability to identify professional development needs of other MFTs and guide them in current practice guidelines.

  3. Ability to collaborate with members of other disciplines and supervisors and to represent the profession both in and outside of VHA. This includes knowledge of the roles, contributions, and interrelationships with other disciplines.

  4. Ability to administratively supervise in areas related to the provision of marital and family services. This includes knowledge of VA policy and procedures as well as fair, principled, and decisive leadership practices.

  5. Ability to clinically supervise in areas related to the provision of marital and family therapy services to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.

Assignments: MFT Supervisors typically supervise MFT professional staff which may include experienced MFTs and program coordinators. Supervisory MFTs at this level may be assigned to any program area and may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. Supervisory MFTs are licensed to independently provide marital and family therapy services which may include coordinator responsibilities and to supervise for licensure other MFTs within the ethics and guidelines of the professional standards set by AAMFT.

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 HANDBOOK 5005/41, Part II, Appendix G44

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 work requires lifting up to 15 pounds; carrying up to 15 pounds; use of fingers; use of both hands; walking up to 1 hour; standing up to 1 hour; use of both legs; ability to view a computer monitor; use of both eyes; and hearing (aid permitted). The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.

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

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0101-12/12

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452987900

Job Announcement Number: KT-16-MJD-1822079