Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Psychiatrist, Director, Mental Health for Santa Rosa Community Based Outpatient Clinic) in Santa Rosa, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Santa Rosa, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 9/27/2016 (29 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 9/26/2017 (335 day(s) away)

Job Overview

NOTE: This position is open until filled with two week cutoffs.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1701193

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 San Francisco Health Care System aims to be the employment site of choice for psychiatrists in Northern California. We support staff wellness and the career trajectories of our clinicians, and provide excellent health and retirement benefits, paid vacation, sick and educational leave. Salary is competitive and negotiable.

The Santa Rosa Outpatient Clinic is 55 miles north of San Francisco. Santa Rosa is where wine and farming cultures converge with the farm-to-table cultures of Sonoma County.

You 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.


This position serves as the Director of Mental Health (MH) of the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Santa Rosa and reports directly to the Associate Chief of CBOC MH. The Mental Health Director of Santa Rosa is responsible for the administrative management of various areas of mental health service at the Santa Rosa CBOC.

In collaboration with the other VA Mental Health and CBOC leadership, CBOC staff, and relevant VA staff system-wide, the Mental Health Director of Santa Rosa works to ensure that targeted goals and priorities for the MH Service at the Santa Rosa CBOC are established and met. The incumbent contributes to strategic planning for the provision of mental health services; makes recommendations for mental health program development; participates in mental health staff recruitment and retention; and serves as a liaison between the Santa Rosa CBOC and Mental Health leadership, including the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for MH. The Mental Health Director of Santa Rosa is skilled in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees; effective in maintaining interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution; and has the demonstrated ability to work across disciplines, with interdisciplinary team members, supervisors, Mental Health leadership, and with local and national VA and non-VA partners. The Mental Health Director of Santa Rosa actively contributes to program development internally and with the development of community partnerships.

As a mental health provider, the Mental Health Director of Santa Rosa is responsible for the direct clinical care of patients and is responsible for direct assessment, the provision of psychotherapy, in-service training, contributing mental health expertise in evaluating and developing treatment plans for individual patients, research, and other services typically provided by mental health personnel; the incumbent may also serve as a consultative member to different therapeutic teams at the Santa Rosa CBOC. This position requires close coordination with health care system physicians, consulting psychiatrists, physician extenders, social workers, psychologists, nurses and other technical/professional staff to ensure proper evaluation procedures, innovative treatment options, cost effective services and a continuum of care for referred veterans

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30 pm (work schedule may be negotiable)

Functional Statement Title/#: Director, Mental Health for Santa Rosa Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

*Board certification/eligibility in psychiatry

*Administrative 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.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician 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: Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per 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.

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.

Salary Range: $115,000.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 442945300

Job Announcement Number: NQ-16-DM-1701193-OCA