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Job Title:Health System Administrator (Medical Center Director)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VA-SES-12-596733-BR

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 26, 2012 to Thursday, February 9, 2012




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy - Durham, NC United States


All groups of qualified individuals


The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from all sources: within VA, the Federal government, and from the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a 5 page resume to apply for this position. Because of this improvement, we are only announcing our positions for 14 days. 

The Durham VA Medical Center is a 151-bed tertiary care referral, teaching and research facility affiliated with Duke University School of Medicine. The  campus also includes a 120-bed Community Living Center facility. The medical center is a regional center for radiation therapy, neurological disorders, therapeutic endoscopy, and other special procedures. In addition, it serves as a referral center for high-risk open-heart surgery cases, angioplasty, and hemodynamic cardiac catheterization.        
Special programs at Durham include a comprehensive Women’s Health Center; a Home Based Primary Care program; a Telemedicine Home Care program; a Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center; the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care; the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, and the Epidemiology Research and Information Center. Durham also serves as the support facility for the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the Performance Assessment Center for Excellence, and the Employee Education Service. The Durham VA Medical Center operates Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Greenville, Morehead City, and Raleigh, NC. A free standing Outpatient Dialysis Unit was opened in June 2011 in Raleigh, NC.        
The Durham VA Medical Center is one of 8 VA medical centers in the VA Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Network of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN).  This Network (VISN 6) includes facilities in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia.   Durham is located at the center of the Research Triangle region of North Carolina; home to Research Triangle Park, and several prominent North Carolina universities.  The overall quality of life is excellent, to include cost of living and quality schools.  The geographic location makes for a mild, seasonal climate.  The location offers easy access to beautiful beaches, scenic mountains and historic sites; within a few hours driving distance to the Outer Banks, Nags Head and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.     


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a pay band 1 position and the salary range is $119,554 - $173,600. Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.    

A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer (formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout) may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee may be subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report is required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One year probationary period for initial SES appointment


The Director reports to the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Director of the VA Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Network, VISN 6.
The Medical Center Director has full delegated line authority and responsibility for executive level management of the VA Medical Center in Durham, NC, its programs and off-site locations and facilities towards accomplishment of its missions—patient care, medical education, research, and DOD contingency support.
The Medical Center Director, Durham, North Carolina  exercises independent judgment, initiative, resourcefulness and originality in facilitating achievement of the medical facility's mission,  including, but not limited to, developing and administering a balanced financial plan for a multi-million dollar budget with thousands of employees, performing analyses and evaluation of a wide range of clinical and administrative programs, providing strategic direction in alignment with VA’s strategic plan, identifying and meeting quality and performance objectives, ensuring quality through adherence to rigorous standards of a myriad of external accrediting bodies, promoting workplace improvements, ensuring availability and access of services to sister referral sites, developing and maintaining community partnerships, assuring equal employment opportunity and diversity, and planning for succession by developing subordinates.  The Director’s managerial duties and responsibilities involve final decisions which have a direct and substantial impact on the health care organization and programs.        
As a Director at a Complexity Level 1 facility, the incumbent is required to have extensive knowledge of clinical specialties, emerging health care issues and trends, operational and administrative systems, information technology, facilities and project management, in order to lead large, complex and diverse programs with a critical affiliate relationship with a large university medical school system as a key component.  The specialized clinical services at a Level 1 facility often involve unique requirements, necessitating greater administrative responsibility, reporting, and media/VSO/congressional scrutiny and oversight.  Comprehensive  and specialized health care is provided through the entire spectrum of clinical specialties and state-of-the-art technologies—primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.      
The Medical Center Director has overall responsibility for compliance with Public Laws and related regulations, Executive Orders, Comptroller General Decisions, OMB and OPM regulations, VA national goals, objectives, policies and standards, and VA Manuals, Program Guides and Circulars in the development and implementation of comprehensive health care delivery system tailored to the needs of the veteran patient population served      



The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad perspective of government, and a public service commitment.


Both competitive and non-competitive applicants MUST SHOW in your 5 PAGE RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


The target competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under each ECQ description below. It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas. Remember, your resume must not exceed 5 pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be considered or evaluated.


The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at:


A.  Executive Core Qualifications



• Strategic Thinking

• Vision



•  Team Building



•  Accountability

•  Customer Service

•  Decisiveness



• Financial Management

• Human Capital Management



•  Political Savvy

•  Influencing/Negotiating


B.  Technical Qualification 

Knowledge of mission, organization, programs and requirements of health care delivery systems, and the ability to manage and direct a large health care facility.



Step 1: Minimum ECQ-based qualifications

Step 2: Technical qualification screening

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking

Step 4: Structured interviews to determine Best Qualified (BQ) applicants

Step 5: Tentative selection by Nominating Organization (May include additional screening)

Step 6: Approval by the Selecting Official (May include additional screening)

Step 7: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application as noted under Required Documents.  The agency has the option of considering you noncompetitively or including you in the competitive process (steps 2-6).


The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


We strongly encourage you to apply online. Your complete application must be received by 11:59pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, login in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. 


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print your resume and required documents.


3. FAX to (478)757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, to provide your answers. Refer to the link below for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is at:


Please note you may also call USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 to have the OPM Form 1203-FX mailed to you; however, this is not a practical alternative if the announcement is nearing its closing date. After the introduction on the recording, press 1, and listen for instructions to request the form.


A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY technical and executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated.  DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical and executive core qualifications.


2.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Non-competitive applicants:  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered QRB. Traditional method applications will NOT be accepted.


Holly Imler
Phone: (202)461-6765
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of the status of your application throughout the process. If you are deemed a "Highly Qualified" applicant, you should be prepared to begin interviewing approximately one week following the closing date of this announcement.


Control Number: 307722400
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