Providing compassionate care to Veterans

Opportunity Criteria

SpecialtyPsychiatry : Medical Director
Candidate TypeMD
Visa AcceptedNo J1 or H1
Salary Range$220,000 to $336,000
Loan RepaymentNegotiable
Employment TypeFull Time
Bonuses OfferedNegotiable

Psychiatrist - Chief of Psychiatry

The Chief of Psychiatry reports to the Chief of Mental Health Service and is the supervisor for our Psychiatry Section, which spans our main facility in Danville, Illinois as well as our 5 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Bloomington, Decatur, Mattoon, Peoria, and Springfield, Illinois. The Psychiatry Section is comprised of approximately 20 staff including psychiatrists, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs), a certified nurse specialist (CNS), and a physician assistant (PA). The Psychiatry Section also works closely with the mental health clinical pharmacy specialists (CPSs) who support the mental health and substance use disorder treatment of our Veterans. Our Psychiatry Section has staff located in many of our mental health programs including inpatient mental health, consultation-liaison, Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP), outpatient general mental health (BHIPs), Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery (ICMHR), and Substance Use Disorder (SUD). The Mental Health Service also includes Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), vocational rehabilitation, peer support, and neuropsychology.

The Chief of Psychiatry reports to the Chief of Mental Health. The Chief of Psychiatrist will split time between administrative/supervisory duties (approximately 60-70%) and clinical duties (approximately 30-40%).Duties/responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a member of the Mental Health Service leadership team, including providing coverage for the Mental Health Service Chief as needed.
  • Oversight of all psychiatric and medical care provided within the Mental Health Service.
  • Participate in Mental Health Service meetings, mental health leadership meetings, and facility committees as a representative of the Mental Health Service and/or Psychiatry Section as requested.
  • Development, implementation, and oversight of operational policies and procedures for the Psychiatry Section.
  • Management and supervision of staff within the Psychiatry Section.
  • Monitoring the Psychiatry Section for compliance with VA performance based measures and effectively addresses non-compliance.
  • Completion of proficiency reports, personnel actions, recruitment and retention, and all related personnel tasks with support and guidance from the Mental Health Service Chief.
  • Approving/disapproving leave requests and managing Psychiatry Section coverage.
  • Serving as the collaborating physician for any nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc. within the Mental Health Service as necessary.
  • Ensuring quality, safety, and value of psychiatric services via ongoing professional practice evaluation, medical records reviews, and support of staff in implementing quality clinical care.
  • Taking lead on the hiring and boarding of staff within the Psychiatry Section.
  • Contributing to process improvement within the Mental Health Service.
  • Leading teams in meeting national initiatives such as Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative.
  • Providing clinical services as a psychiatrist to patients including but not limited to assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental health and substance use disorders as per facility expectations and as assigned.
  • Supervising residents as indicated.
  • Evening/overnight, weekend, and holiday call by phone with possible need for occasional on-site call coverage during weekends and holidays.

Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


VA Benefits

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 11 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits, 2) FERS-RAE basic benefits (pension), and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee’s salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2020, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $19,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $25,500.
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ service

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious, or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

Facility information

VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS) provides primary and secondary helathcare services to Veterans residing in Central Illinois and West Central Indiana. Inpatient services are available in acute and sub-acute internal medicine, surgery and psychiatry. Community Lliving Centers provide a skilled care environment with special focus on rehabilitation, dementia and alzheimers care, geri-psychiatric care, palliative care and extended care. A full cadre of ambulatory care services is offered including primary care, ambulatory surgery, mental health, substance abuse and specialty care. There are 398 authorized beds including 223 Community Living (nursing home) beds in the facility. VAIHCS is also responsible for the health care services offered at Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Peoria, Decatur, Mattoon and Springfield, Illinois, and West Lafayette, Indiana. The population of Veterans in the service area is approximately 150,500.


University of Illinois College of Medicine at Champaign-Urbana

Indiana University School of Optometry at Bloomington, Indiana

Authorized Beds

398 authorized beds (including 223 community living center beds)

Type of Facility

General Medicine and Surgery


Nursing Home Care/Extended Care

Ambulatory Care

Special Programs



Alzheimer's Diagnostic Treatment Services

Audiology/Speech Pathology

Chiropractic Services

Community Living Center Unit (Nursing Home)/Small Home Model of Care (Green House Concept)

Computerized Tomography/MRI

Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT)

CWT Transitional Residence (TR) House

Ex-POW Program

Home Based Primary Care

Homeless Program/Grant & Per Diem Program

Mental Health Intensive Case Managment Program (MHICM)

Mental Health Clinic

Nuclear Medicine Services

OIF/OEF Outreach

Orthopedic Services

Palliative Care

Post-Tramautic Stress Disorder Clinical Team

Primary Care

Prosthetic and Sensory Aids

Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Program (PRRTP)

Sleep Lab

Substance Abuse (Outpatient)

Visual Impairment Service Team

Facility & Address

  • Illiana Health Care System
  • 1900 East Main Street Danville IL 61832


Contact Information

Amy Ellis VHA Healthcare Recruiter



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