Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Psychiatrist (Medical Director, Addictions Recovery Treatment Services) in Sacramento, California

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1987286

**The Department of Veteran Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medial, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to veterans in Northern California. The health system is comprised of a medical center in Sacramento; a rehabilitation and extended care facility in Martinez; outpatient clinics in Martinez, Fairfield, Oakland, Sacramento, McClellan, Redding, Chico, and Vallejo; a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Oakland; and dental clinics in Vallejo, Sacramento and Redding.

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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 Cemeteries.

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.

For Positions Covered in the Bargaining Unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

"OPEN UNTIL FILLED" with an initial cut-off/referral of applicants on 8/7/2017. Additional applicants will be referred as requested by the Selecting Official.

Duties

The VA Northern California Health Care System (NCHCS) is currently recruiting for a full-time Addiction Psychiatrist for the Medical Director position within Addictions Recovery Treatment Services program (ARTS). The work station location is at the Sacramento Behavioral Health Clinic.

The Medical Director performs duties as a Practitioner and Consultant in Addiction Medicine program with emphasis on problems of all levels of complexity within the Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) for all of VA Northern California Healthcare system. The Psychiatrist conducts assessments and formulates diagnoses; and develops treatment plans for patients with substance use and/or other psychiatric disorders, using an interdisciplinary team approach. The Psychiatrist manages psychiatric medication for patients; evaluates the general medical suitability of clinic patients for withdrawal management, detoxification and/or psychiatric hospitalization, including screening physical examinations; and assesses and intervenes with patients presenting in crisis. The Psychiatrist prescribes medications for the treatment of substance use disorders, including buprenorphine, as well as medications for other psychiatric disorders. Collaboration, coordination and cooperation with colleagues within and across disciplines are essential skills. The Medical Director directly supervises four medical staff members (two addiction psychiatrists and two nurses) onsite. The Medical Director reports to the NCHCS ARTS Program Director, working collaboratively to provide general oversight and consultation to ARTS prescribers (staff psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, etc.) within the ARTS program throughout the health care system.

Weeknight and weekend telephone and on-site on-call duties for the local 16-bed Behavioral Health Intensive Care Unit at the Sacramento VA Medical Center are shared among the larger group of Psychiatrists, currently about 3 to 5 times a year.

Psychiatrists may also have the opportunity for teaching and supervision of medical students and psychiatric residents through affiliation with the University California, Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Work Schedule:*Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm**Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are not authorized.*

Drug Testing: This is a test designated position. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants who test positive for illegal use of drugs will not be appointed.

Supervisory Status

Yes

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Between VA Northern California sites.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

US Citizens and current permanent Federal employees

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

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.
Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  1. US Citizenship required.

  2. Proficiency in written and spoken English.

  3. MD or DO degree from an accredited institution.

  4. Completion of first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training.

  5. 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.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  1. 5+ years' experience in the field of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

  2. Board Certification in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and possession of a current buprenorphine waiver are recognized professional accomplishments for this position.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: Physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of telephone/computers, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activity.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

BENEFITS

http://www.northerncalifornia.va.gov/careers/phys-dds/

BENEFITS:

  • 26 days paid vacation (1 day accrued each pay period upon employment)

  • 13 days sick leave (1/2 day accrued each pay period upon employment, no cap)

  • 10 paid Federal holidays

  • Competitive Salary

  • Malpractice protection covered by the Federal government

  • Annual Physician Performance Pay

  • Market Pay reviewed biennially for possible increase

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.**

This position does not require the filing of a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474443600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-13 to 2017-11-30

Salary: $115,000 to $292,000 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VM 00

Series: 0602 Medical Officer

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: 612-17-CDK-1987286

Control number: 474443600