This position is multi-disciplinary, and is being offered to Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, and Social Workers. The candidate will be chosen from one of four announcements. This announcement is for IMPACT Unit Leader (IUL)/Section Chief of an Outpatient Mental Health Section in the VA San Diego Mental Health Care Line. The Section Chief provides supervision to all assigned staff and administrative, budgetary, and programmatic leadership to unit programs and staff. Physician positions may require board certification if ANY of the following three conditions exist: 1) the position supervises medical students, physician residents, or physician fellows; 2) the position will have faculty status with an affiliated medical school, such as a joint recruitment with affiliated medical schools; or 3) the position being filled is required to be board certified by virtue of specific VHA policy. To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation. 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. Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences. Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as "Physician Resident Providers" (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a "scope of practice" that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: A minimum of two (2) years professional experience with program administration, such as translating management goals and policy, and/or developing and implementing solutions in support of sound program and service operations in the delivery of outpatient mental health (e.g. BHIP or PTSD) and recovery-oriented treatment. Dependability and the ability to function independently. Clinical and administrative leadership experience in complex, interdisciplinary health care systems. Ability to gain the trust and respect of a highly diverse staff of peers and subordinates in order to achieve the mission of honoring and serving Veterans through excellence in healthcare. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives, and adapt work operations to new and changing programs, staffing, and budget requirements, etc. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Ability to effectively supervise and manage subordinate employees from a variety of professional backgrounds. Skill in interpersonal relationships, including conflict resolution. Skill in working collaboratively with other disciplines and supervisors. Demonstrated understanding of factors that impact access to mental health and experience working to balance access and quality. Demonstrated familiarity and experience with VA rules and regulations relating to community care, including the Mission Act. Ability to understand and use systems redesign or other performance improvement methodologies to optimize the delivery of high-quality healthcare services Ability to integrate research and training programs smoothly into the functioning of clinical care programs. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. Knowledge of, and ability to appropriately utilize, evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines and ability to guide staff in using these tools. 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: VA Handbook 5019/1, Part II, Pre-Placement Physical Examination and Evaluation. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification) Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting Major duties include, but are not limited to: Plans, controls, organizes, and directs the activities of staff within the IMPACT Unit (IU), ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and meets customer and stakeholder needs. Develops goals and objectives that integrate organization and multidisciplinary staff objectives. Plans, analyzes and monitors data from various VA databases to ensure IU is succeeding on all performance Measures and monitors related to IU's functioning. Researches, interprets, analyzes and applies MHCL, VASDHS, VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, JCAHO, CARF and related professional, Federal and VHA policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure compliance and successful outcomes for any site visit or audit. Establishes, assesses and revises policies and procedures for administrative and clinical operations of staff within the IMPACT unit. Plans and schedules work in a manner that promotes a smooth flow and even distribution. Coordinates plans and schedules with other IULs, managers and customers as appropriate. Identifies need for changes in priorities and takes action to implement such changes. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules. Assigns work to subordinate employees based on the IUL priorities and consideration of difficulty and requirements of assignments such that the experience, training, and abilities of staff are effectively utilized to meet organization and customer needs. Reviews MHCL organization mission, functions, and staffing. Identifies requirements and initiates requests for additional resources including personnel, overtime, equipment, supplies, and space to ensure success in meeting goals and objectives. Works with subordinates to ensure optimal utilization of training resources and, if appropriate, ensures high quality training is provided within the IU. Provides advice to the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health regarding significant issues and problems related to work accomplishment. Establishes metrics and analysis systems to ensure actions are timely and reviewed at critical points. Accepts, amend, or rejects work presented by subordinates. Exercises supervisory personnel management responsibilities in conjunction with subordinate's Service Chief or Lead. Explains performance expectations to employees and provides regular feedback on strengths and weaknesses. Holds employees responsible for satisfactory completion of work assignments. Appraises subordinate workers performance ensuring consistency and equity in rating techniques. Recommends awards when appropriate and approves within-grade increases. Hears and resolves employee complaints and refers serious unresolved complaints to higher-level management. Initiates action to correct performance to conduct problems. Affects minor disciplinary measure such as warnings and reprimands and recommends action in more serious disciplinary matters. Provides clinical care as appropriate to clinical privileges. All other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm"]
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