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Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Topeka, KS
Career Level: Director
Industries: Recruitment Agency, Staffing, Job Board


This announcement is for one (1) position as the Section Chief of Psychiatry in Behavioral Health, and will assist the Service Line Manager for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. This position will be located at the Topeka (Colmery O'Neil) Campus.
-The Section Chief of Psychiatry is responsible for overall operation, oversight and performance measures of all Behavioral Health operations at the facility they are assigned.
-Responsibilities include assisting the Service Line Manager in the planning, developing and directing administrative and clinic functions of the Behavioral Health service.
-Candidates must possess the skills to interact positively with the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System's leadership team to lead and promote staff excellence, staff development, with experience in an academic setting.
-This position provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the Service Line Manager to ensure achieved performance measures.
-The position reports directly to the Service Line Manager. Outstanding interpersonal skills are essential, as the successful candidate will lead a multidisciplinary staff in the delivery of excellent health care to our nation's Veterans.
-The Chief of Behavioral Health will be expected to practice within their medical specialty no less than 50% of their total time, in addition to fulfilling administrative responsibilities, be on call, as well as take calls.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8am to 430pm
Financial Disclosure Report:Not requiredTravel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status
YesPromotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0602 Medical Officer
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  • Requirements
    Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA 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 residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience:
Board Certification is preferred.
Recent Supervisory experience in mental health setting of at least 2 years.
Knowledge/experience/training pertaining to Suboxone is plus but not mandatory.

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.

Physical Requirements:Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (3 hours per day); standing (6 hours per day); kneeling (2 hours per day); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted).Education
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. For further information, visit:


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