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Psychologist Chief Mental Health Job in OMAHA, NE

Psychologist Chief Mental Health Job in OMAHA, NE

Vacancy No. Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $119,285.00 to $155,073.00 Grade 15 to 15
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 11/29/2017 Close Date 12/15/2017
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  • Open & closing dates

    11/29/2017 to 12/15/2017

  • Salary

    $119,285 to $155,073 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 15

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Full Time

  • Appointment type



1 vacancy in the following location:

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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  • Duties



    We are seeking an outstanding candidate to provide leadership to the Mental Health Service Line for the Veterans Affairs Nebraska Western-Iowa Health Care System (NWI).  NWI serves an estimated Veteran population of 161,000 in 101 counties in Nebraska, Western Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The health care system is comprised of one tertiary academic medical center located in Omaha, NE, two large stand-alone multi-specialty outpatient clinics in Lincoln and Grand Island, NE, and five rural Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) located in Shenandoah, IA; plus, Bellevue, Norfolk, Holcomb, O'Neil and North Platte, NE. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center located in the Grand Island facility.  NWI provides a full range of Mental Health services including inpatient residential and substance abuse treatment, an extensive network of outpatient clinics, homeless and home-based therapies, and community partnerships. 

    NWI has affiliation agreements with The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and Creighton University School of Medicine.  More than 750 Residents, Fellows, and medical students train annually at NWI.  Additionally, NWI has affiliated training programs in dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, dietetics, and advanced nursing practice.  NWI is a major training affiliate for psychiatry residents affiliated with both of its medical partners.  NWI maintains an American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral internship in psychology, with an emphasis on rural mental health.  Social Work students from the University of Nebraska, Omaha rotate through NWI as do Psychology students from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln rotate through NWI. 

    In addition to local affiliations, NWI provides training opportunities for students from over 25 schools and universities throughout the country.  NWI also maintains a robust relationship with the 55th Medical Group base located at Offutt Air Force Base, exchanging services and training opportunities under Memorandums of Agreement which enhance healthcare delivery for both organizations. 
    NWI has an active research service with ongoing projects in various areas of mental health.

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    The Chief of Mental Health (CMH) is a member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and supervises a multi-disciplinary clinical staff composed of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers and administrative support staff.  This position reports to the Chief of Staff and is responsible for leading all aspects of the Mental Health service line for the entire NWI healthcare system.

    The CMH is a member of the NWI senior management team, stationed at the Omaha campus, but is expected to spend one day per month at the Lincoln, NE and Grand Island, NE campuses and travel to rural CBOCs as required.  The CMH is the highest level behavioral health professional within NWI and is responsible for the professional practice of all facility mental health employees and the provision of high-quality mental health care across the health system.   The selected candidate will provide effective leadership for the Mental Health service line and demonstrate a high level of initiative and independence in carrying out administrative and patient care functions.  The CMH ensures compliance with regulatory and clinical standards, implements clinical practice guidelines, and creates systems of care that promote state-of-the-art, quality care.  The CMH also ensures Mental Health staffing and resources are adequate to meet patient needs for both outpatient and inpatient Mental Health programs.  

    NWI's Mental Health programs include: Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program; Homeless Veteran services; Substance Abuse Disorders in and outpatient services; Vocational Rehabilitation; Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs; Housing and Urban Development/Veterans Affairs Supported Housing; and Addiction Treatment.

    Other responsibilities include: budget planning, management, coaching and supervision of mental health professional and administrative staff, program development, performance improvement, and labor management activities. This individual executes leadership characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for programs, crossing service lines and influencing organization mission and health care.

    The CMH will also provide direct patient care of not less than 5% and not more than 15% of their total work time. 

    A well-qualified candidate will be an outstanding clinician with a strong track record of progressive leadership experience and success.  Since the CMH is a key liaison with our affiliate partners, experience in an academic setting is preferred.  Experience leading staff in a federal healthcare setting is desirable, but not mandatory.  


    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (some weeks and holidays may be required)
    Functional Statement Title/#: Psychologist, Chief Mental Health
    Note: This position will be filled as either a psychologist or psychiatrist.

    A recruitment or relocation incentive may be offered for a highly-qualified candidate.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485445000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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