The incumbent functions as the Chief of all Behavioral Health Services (ACOS) at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, a complexity Level 1C Facility. Behavioral Health Services (BHS) is compromised of five specialty services: Psychiatry Service, Psychology Service, Clinical Social Work, Recovery and Outreach Service, and Operations; and has a total FTEE of 91.35.
The Senior Psychiatrist has broad and overall responsibility for the Behavioral Health Service and has full responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management, and supervision for the service. The size of the medical center, programs managed, and scope ofresponsibility are grade determining. The incumbent autonomously manages substantive parts of specialized, complex, professional services which significantly impact the care provided to Veterans. The incumbent provides leadership with objective, independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decisions and action. They monitor work performance to ensure that requirements are satisfied; interpret and process a wide variety of data related to program planning and specialized needs of the Veterans, the service, and the medical center; ensure policies or issues have been fully coordinated, vetted, and staffed, advise leadership on implications, key issues, and relationships to interest groups (both internal and external) and recommend courses of action. The incumbent coordinates and negotiates resolutions to complex problems.They assure compliance with accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements and assure corrective action is initiated as needed.
The Senior Psychiatrist is also responsible for professional and administrative management of Behavioral Health budget execution. They maintain interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals. They may prepare special reports and responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issues briefs, and decision papers for the medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential and of a complex nature. They develop policies and procedures and may develop performance standards, position descripts and functional statements. They monitor the clinical performance of staff, conduct performance appraisals, and perform other clinical and administrative responsibilities to ensure that the mission of the service and the medical center has been satisfied. They may set training objectives for staff and delegate responsibilities to subordinate sections.
Responsibilities include developmentand implementation of programs, policies, and procedures; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources; and monitoring of outcomes using a data driven quality assurance process. Decisions made affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made while exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. Such programs deliver specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important program components of the medical center and significantly impact the health care provided to Veterans.
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.
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. http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/directives-handbooks/Documents/5005.pdfPhysical Requirements:?, Position requires walking and movement across campus and throughout facility to include any and all typical aspects of being a physician.
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