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

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

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

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1794295

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, 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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized for 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

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

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

Psychologist: JP-16-HBr-1615082

Social Worker: JP-16-HBr-1622849 (for VA employees); JP-16-HBr-1684723 (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 9/20/2016, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after 9/20/2016 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 op 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/#: * Registered Nurse IV

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Permanent Changes of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to goverment 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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
  • The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
  • Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Grade Determinations:The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates:

  • Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 year’s of nursing practice/experience;* OR*a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 year’s of nursing practice/experience

*Reference: * VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Preferred Experience: 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.

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:

This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. Mechanical inpatient lifts are provided. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations, operative/invasive procedures, or home settings. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.

Compliant with the following physical standards and environmental factors;

a. Heavy lifting, 50 pounds & over

b. Heavy carrying, 50 pounds & over

c. Straight pulling (1-2 hours)

d. Pushing (1-2 hours)

e. Walking (2-4 hours)

f. Standing (2-6 hours)

g. Use of fingers

h. Both hands required;

i. Ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously

j. Near Vision correctable

k. Far Vision correctable

l. Depth perception

m. Hearing (aide permitted)

n. Work closely with others, as well as, protracted or irregular hours of work

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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly 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.

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

Salary Range: $134,607.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 449702100

Job Announcement Number: JP-16-AA-1794295