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POSITION: UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Vice Chair and Associate Chief of Staff of Mental Health for the San Francisco VA Health Care System

News Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 17:45

UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Vice Chair and Associate Chief of Staff of Mental Health for the San Francisco VA Health Care System


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DPBS) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in partnership with the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) is seeking candidates for the position of Vice Chair and Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of Mental Health for the SFVAHCS. This jointly appointed position oversees and coordinates educational and research activities between the DPBS and the SFVAHCS, represents and supervises DPBS faculty and staff based at the SFVAHCS, and specifically oversees clinical operations at the SFVAHCS. In addition, the incumbent has responsibility for strategic and operational management and oversight of the SFVAHCS’s Mental Health Service (MHS), including clinical, educational and research programs.

The Vice Chair is responsible for overseeing all DPBS faculty and staff activity at the SFVAHCS and coordinates with other DPBS leadership on faculty searches and ensures that eligible staff at the SFVAHCS are proposed and vetted for faculty appointments. The incumbent works with staff to identify the appropriate series and tracks and provides mentorship and guidance on how to meet faculty responsibilities in their SFVAHCS role, including collaboration around mentorship for early career faculty at the SFVAHCS. There are currently over ninety DPBS faculty at the SFVAHCS.

As ACOS of Mental Health for the SFVAHCS the incumbent is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of the MHS. The programs under the ACOS consist of patient care services, research, and education. The ACOS of MH oversees clinical programs that include (but are not limited to) substance abuse, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, PTSD specialty services, inpatient, and outpatient psychiatry, geropsychiatry, integrated health, pain management, health psychology, neuropsychology, women’s mental health programs, and suicide prevention. The scope of professional services provided encompasses the full range of diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, and evaluative techniques.

The incumbent also represents the MHS throughout the healthcare system, maintains interdepartmental relations with other services to accomplish medical center goals, advises senior facility and agency leadership on mental health issues, is the proponent for the academic mission within mental health. The ACOS of MH serves on the Medical Executive Committee of the medical center with full voting privileges.

We are seeking candidates whose leadership experience has prepared them to promote excellence in clinical care, research, training, and public service and who have a demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Preferred qualifications include a strong record of leadership and a national reputation of creative, disseminated contributions to academic medicine in one or more of these core missions.

Qualified applicants must possess an MD, PhD, or equivalent. Applicants must be ABPN-certified in Psychiatry or have completed an APA-approved clinical psychology internship. This position will be compensated at both institutions based upon experience and level of accomplishment. Recruitment or moving cost incentives may be available to the candidate chosen. Questions can be directed to: Brian Borsari, 415-221-4810 x26078 or

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