Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 12/5/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/19/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1859566

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is recruiting for a full-time Licensed Professional Metal Health Counselor- Supervisor to serve at the Cedar Rapids, IA Vet Center. The ICVAHCS is one of the facilities of the VA Midwest Health Care Network, VISN 23.

This position will be filled as a Supervisory Licensed Professional Metal Health Counselor (LPMHC) or may be filled as a Supervisory Social Worker through a separate announcement.

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 **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 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor position is located in the Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center in Cedar Rapids IA. The following is a brief description of duties: The incumbent is responsible for the overall clinical and administrative operation of the Vet Center. In coordination with the Regional Manager, the incumbent defines the mission and scope of practice of the Center according to the policies of Readjustment Counseling Service and the needs of the local veteran community. The incumbent supervises the staff of the Vet Center and is responsible for evaluating their performance. He or she develops networks and working relationships external to the Vet Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs with veteran service organizations, community-based agencies, and mental health organizations to enhance service delivery and develop referrals of veteran clients appropriate care. They develop priorities, based upon the direction of the Regional Manager, and makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory members of the Regional Manager's office. The incumbent services as a consultant and subject matter expert to programs and resources external to the Vet Center on matters of readjustment needs of veterans. He or she provides direct service to Vet Center clients and family members. The work requires administrative knowledge of supervising a small mental health facility and clinical knowledge as a readjustment counseling therapist.

Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#:Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Supervisor

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel is required occasionally to support a VetCenter in the area.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. Must hold a master's degree in mental health counseling, or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to, Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; and Marriage and Family Therapy. A doctoral degree in mental health counseling may not be substituted for the master's degree in mental health counseling
  • Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment.

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

Grade Determinations:**Grade and Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board. GS-12

In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience must have been in a major specialty treatment program area such as, but not limited to, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM), or other area of equivalent scope and complexity. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency.

In addition the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  1. Advanced knowledge in program planning and development of policies and procedures.

  2. Ability to make key decisions in the hiring and identification of top candidates.

  3. Ability to provide leadership in facilitating the process of coordinating program consults,

assessments, admissions, care assignments and discharges.

  1. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to other colleagues and students within the field of

counseling working on an interdisciplinary team.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-43 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor 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: 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: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Light carrying (under 15 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Standing 1-2 hours; Repeated bending (1-2 hours); Operation of motor vehicle; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Both eyes required; Able to work indoors and outdoors; working closely with others.

Security Clearance


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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0101-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 457708100

Job Announcement Number: IC-17-110-CRS-1859566