Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychologist (Mental Health Care Line Deputy Clinical Executive) in Houston, Texas

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

Opened Monday 9/19/2016 (37 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 3/17/2017 (142 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1615082

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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.

A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant.

This position may be filled by a Psychologist, Physician, Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, or Marriage and Family Therapist. To apply for any of the disciplines listed above, please apply under the appropriate announcement:

Physician - Deputy Clinical Executive: JP-16-1641203-CCa

Registered Nurse: JP-16-AA-1794295

Social Worker: JP-16-HBr-1622849 (for VA employees); JP-16-HBr-1684723 (for non-VA employees)

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor: JP-16-HBr-1621633 (for VA employees); JP-16-HBr-1622742 (for non-VA employees)

Marriage and Family Therapist: JP-16-HBr-1622775 (for VA employees); JP-16-HBr-1622841 (for non-VA employees)

This is an open continuous announcement. We will accept applications for this position on an ongoing basis. Applications that are received by 11:59PM (EST) on 10/3/2016, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after 10/3/2016 will be reviewed and referred for consideration every two weeks.


The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) in Houston, TX, is seeking an outstanding Deputy Clinical Executive candidate. The mission of the MHCL is to provide exemplary and compassionate recovery-oriented mental health care to Veterans in interdisciplinary clinical programs that provide for infrastructure and advancement of training and research. MEDVAMC is a tertiary care facility committed to excellence in clinical care, teaching and research, and a major affiliate of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston's Texas Medical Center. Nearly 5,000 employees provide high quality care and services to more than 100,000 Veteran patients annually, with over 30,000 receiving mental health services, including comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care with treatment, educational and research programs in medication and other somatic interventions, individual and group evidence-based psychotherapies, specialty programs in medication and other somatic interventions, individual and group-evidence based psychotherapies, specialty programs in substance use orders, trauma, geriatric psychiatry, vocational rehabilitation, psychosocial rehabilitation, and homelessness. The MEDVAMC MHCL supports research under the MEDVAMC Research & Development program and is the site for a Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).

The incumbent, who reports directly to the MHCL Executive, has a high degree of medical and psychiatric expertise and possesses leadership, motivation, interpersonal skills, and dedication to effective mental health service delivery. The incumbent is broadly acquainted with clinical treatment modalities and administrative and clinical support systems. The primary purpose and responsibility of the MHCL Deputy Clinical Executive is to assist and support the MHCL Executive in the execution and implementation of the mission and vision of the MHCL and its organizational units, including the planning, development, administration, implementation, oversight, coordination, and advancement of MEDVAMC mental health programs. The incumbent provides direct supervision of program directors and, as a partner in the leadership team, provides oversight of mutually agreed upon programs and services, and services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal, and administrative requirements related to the care and treatment of both in and outpatients. As the situation warrants, the MHCL Deputy Clinical Executive has a critical role in the medical oversight of patient care and disposition, and medical resource allocations across the facility or with the academic affiliates. In addition, the incumbent assists in coordinating clinical and support program development with other Service and Care Lines and serves as a change agent, promoting change to facilitate top quality, cost-effective, and patient-centered mental health care. The incumbent is responsible for responding to the needs of the Medical Center management and facilitating the needs of the MEDVAMC staff and its mission.

The incumbent's duties also include: establish guidelines and performance expectations for staff, clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system; observe employee performance; resolve informal complaints and grievances; develop work improvement plans; recommend personnel actions as necessary; provide advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters; effect disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this areas; review and approve or disapprove leave requests; assure that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of safety regulations; adjust staffing levels or work procedures within the care line to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at higher echelons; justify the purchase of new equipment; improves work methods and procedures used to produce work product; oversee the development of technical data, estimates, statistics, suggestions, and other information useful to higher-level managers in determining goals and objectives, and other management strategies.

The incumbent also acts in the absence of the MHCL Executive and serves on the management team of the MHCL. The incumbent's effectiveness is demonstrated by leadership among his/or her peers, excellent interpersonal skills, leadership participation within the VISN and/or Department of Veterans Affairs at large, through innovative proposals designed to enhance the overall quality of the MHCL.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (may be required to work weekends, evenings or other irregular tours of duty).

Functional Statement Title/#:Mental Health Care Line Deputy Clinical Executive

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • 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
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.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


To qualify for appointment, all applicants for the position of psychologist in VHA must meet the following:

*Citizenship. *Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)


Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


**Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a respecialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the respecialization program) meeting both of the following conditions:

(a) the respecialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and

(b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.

NOTE: You must provide an official transcript and/or certificate documenting the completion of the respecialization program, which includes completion of an APA or CPA internship.



(a) Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed.


(b) New VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern;


(c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement;


(d) Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (*NOTE: *Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.)

Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

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


Creditable Experience

Current Professional Psychology Practice. To be creditable, psychological work experience can be obtained through paid or non-paid employment providing psychological work or through participating in a supervised postdoctoral psychology training program (i.e., fellowship or residency). Psychological work experience must have occurred after the doctoral degree was obtained and must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional psychology practice. "Professional psychology practice" includes but is not limited to the following psychology-oriented job duties: providing professional clinical services, conducting research, carrying out education and training activities, carrying out program evaluation activities, clinical consultation, supervision and administration.

*Quality of Experience. *Experience is only creditable if it is post-doctoral experience as a professional psychologist directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to or exceeding professional psychology experience at the next lower level.

Part-time Experience. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, a psychologist employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

Post-Doctoral Degree Fellowships. Training as a fellow or resident is considered to be creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

*Grade Determinations. *In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:


*Experience. *At least 3 years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 level.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools

  2. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.

  3. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines.

  4. Ability to supervise and manage subordinate employees effectively.

  5. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution.

  6. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards.

References: VA Handbook 5005, part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist 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:

A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

Security Clearance


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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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. 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: $112,665.00 to $146,468.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0180-14/14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 428962000

Job Announcement Number: JP-16-HBr-1615082