$180,190.40 - $315,057.60 Annually
May 10, 2021
May 19, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

Please note: At this time we are filling a part-time vacancy. This announcement may be used to fill part-time and/or full-time vacancies to reflect the current business needs of the organization.*

Arlington County Department of Human Services (DHS) is hiring a Psychiatrist in the Behavioral Health Division (BHD). DHS provides a broad continuum of social services, behavioral healthcare, public health, and employment programs to approximately 60,000 customers per year in an integrated, collaborative approach. DHS has a recovery and best practice oriented mission and this psychiatrist will have the opportunity to be a part of projects which are at the forefront of mental health service delivery, including health care integration and innovative access models.

To learn about DHS, please visit DHS.

BHD provides a range of services that promote recovery, independence, and community integration for adults with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders. These services include emergency mental health, discharge planning, medical services, case management, and linkage to other services which are provided directly by County staff or through contract, at the Sequoia Plaza offices, at community-based locations, in the County jail, in homeless shelters, and on the streets. Psychiatrists provide emergency and community-based outpatient services in the Behavioral Healthcare Division (BHD).

Responsibilities include:
  • Performing diagnostic psychiatric evaluations;
  • Ongoing psychiatric management, including psychopharmacologic treatment, psychotherapeutic support, and crisis intervention;
  • Assuring comprehensive healthcare needs are identified and treated;
  • Providing team consultation and clinical supervision of nurse practitioners as well as participation in interdisciplinary treatment planning meetings;
  • Educating clients about their illness and providing health management information and techniques;
  • Documenting clinical care in the electronic clinical record; and
  • Providing backup physician coverage as needed to the Division outpatient services.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

  • M.D. from an accredited college or university;
  • Successful completion of residency training and/or fellowship in Psychiatry.
  • Those hired at the full performance level will have significant experience beyond residency training. Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate(s) selected.
Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Board Certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology;
  • Board eligible from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology;
  • Completion of fellowship in Addiction or Forensic Psychiatry;
  • Providing services in an outpatient community setting working intensively with patients with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders; and/or
  • Working on an interdisciplinary team.

Special Requirements

A cover letter is considered part of this application. A resume may also be attached.

Must be licensed or license eligible to practice medicine in the State of Virginia and be eligible to take examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Must possess a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license.

Must pass a criminal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 20 hours per week for part-time positions and 40 hours/week for fll time. a Flexible schedule and participation in after-hours telephone calls may be required.

*The salary compensation listed in this announcement is for the full-time position level and may be negotiable to fill a part-time vacancy.

Salary includes Malpractice Insurance.

This position is in the Arlington County Government's Extended Management Accountability Program (XMAP), in which Senior Executives are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated per a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, and results achieved. XMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market.

This announcement will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and interviews conducted continuously with qualified applicants. This position will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified candidates has been received.

An online application is required. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process. Please do not enter "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please describe (or attach a letter) which highlights your record of accomplishments which you feel qualifies you for the Psychiatrist position addressing how your background reflects the qualifications (both minimum and desirables) stated in the Selection Criteria section of the job announcement. You may also attach a resume in addition to the letter.


Are you licensed (or license eligible) to practice Psychiatry in the State of Virginia?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have Board Certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) License?
  • Yes
  • No


This announcement may be used to fill this part-time position as well as future full-time vacancies. Please indicate ALL area(s) of interest.
  • I am interested in part-time employment in BHD.
  • I am interested in full-time employment in BHD.

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