Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (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 (32 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 3/17/2017 (147 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1684723

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

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)

Psychologist: JP-16-HBr-1615082

If you are a current VA Social Worker, please apply under JP-16-HBr-1622849

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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

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. Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.

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

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.

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

GS-14 Social Work Executive. At the GS-14 grade, Social Work Executives must have at least one year of experience comparable to the GS-13 grade level. They must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.

DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES 1. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.

  1. Knowledge of legal, ethical, and professional standards applicable to social work practice.

  2. Ability to develop, maintain, and oversee social work programs in all settings. This includes identifying needs for social work assessment, evaluation, and treatment; determining priority needs for social work services; and recommending adjustments to staffing levels accordingly

  3. Demonstrated global knowledge of social work practice in health care and mental health settings including resources, and the policies and procedures pertaining to home and community based care, acute care, ambulatory care, long term care, performance measures, and clinical guidelines

  4. Ability to provide consultation to care line managers and other staff on social work qualification standards, social work practice, social work competency, social work productivity; and social work continuing education.

  5. Ability to provide supervision for social work licensure and practice supervision for facility social workers.

References: Authority 38 U.S.C. 7402, 7403, See VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration.

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-0185-14/14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 436492000

Job Announcement Number: JP-16-HBr-1684723