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Social Worker Mental Health Care Line Deputy Clinical Executive Job in HOUSTON, TX

Social Worker Mental Health Care Line Deputy Clinical Executive Job in HOUSTON, TX

Vacancy No. JP-16-HBr-1684723 Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $112,665.00 to $146,468.00 Grade 14 to 14
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 9/19/2016 Close Date 3/17/2017
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Social Worker (Mental Health Care Line Deputy Clinical Executive)

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

Closes Friday 3/17/2017

  • Salary Range
    $112,665.00 to $146,468.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade
  • Supervisory Status
  • Who May Apply
    United States Citizens
  • Control Number
  • Job Announcement Number
Job Overview

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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 http://www.fsc.va.gov/PCS.asp
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Department Of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Helen Brooks
Phone: (713)791-1414x25721


Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Department of Veteran Affairs
Michael E DeBakey VAMC 2002 Holcombe BL

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

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