This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Physician (Chief of Staff, Health Care Executive Fellowship)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:GW-12-KRW-657432

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$140,000.00 to $275,000.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, August 1, 2012 to Friday, August 31, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


Many vacancies in the following location:
Location Negotiable After Selection, United States


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 657432 (Include on all documents)

Salary:  Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy. 


The Healthcare Talent Management Office employees take great pride and deep satisfaction in supporting those whose efforts directly support America's veterans and their families.  The Healthcare Talent Management Office is a field based Veterans Health Administration program office under the direction of the Workforce Management and Consulting Office providing state-of-the art leadership and workforce development programs, human resource information systems, succession planning programs, and innovative technology.  As a federal agency, we offer the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.  The VA is committed to hiring Veterans

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to


The Health Care Executive Fellows Program is a new leadership program that provides the tools and strategies to develop, grow and advance future Veterans Health Administration senior leaders.  This program is a one year full-time fellowship designed to prepare individuals for placement into a Deputy Chief of Staff (COS) position at a VA Medical Center.  If selected, you will participate at a complexity level 1 VA Medical Center where you will work alongside an experienced senior executive mentor.  As a member of the senior management team, the COS Fellow is a member of the Physician Executive Leadership Team and reports to the Chief of Staff.

Applicants, at the time of selection for the program, all Health Care Executive Fellowship (HCEF) candidates must sign a Program Participation Agreement acknowledging the fact that they will move to a designated training location and subsequently move again to a permanent assignment after graduating from the HCEF program.  Both the training location and the permanent assignment location are based on VHA needs.  Applicants preferences will be considered, but are not guaranteed.  The Agreement emphasizes that HCEF Fellows are expected to participate in the HCEF program throughout its duration and not compete for alternate assignments during this period. 

NOTE:  Applicants MUST be available to participate in a one-week funded Office of Personnel Management Selection Assessment Center sometime in late January or early February.  Definitive dates will be announced once contracts are finalized after fiscal year 2013 begins.

Applicants must have completed a senior leadership development program and must show proof of completion prior to employment.  (Examples of VHA Programs are Executive Career Field Career Development Program (ECFCDP), Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP), or Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI). 


  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Random drug testing
  • Physical standards


  • Acts in the capacity of a Deputy Chief of Staff responsible for participating in a one year program training to be a Chief of Staff;
  • Responsible for assuring compensation panels are properly conducted;
  • Handles labor and disciplinary issues;
  • Is intimately involved in physician recruitment and hiring;
  • Patient-related issues stemming from ancillary service areas and requiring Chief of Staff input will be handled by the Healthcare Executive Fellowship Chief of Staff. This includes but is not limited to interaction with patient's family when required as a "highest level necessity", working with his/her AA to coordinate this;
  • Addresses Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline issues, Congressionals, etc;
  • Performance evaluations will ultimately be signed by the Chief of Staff, however initial review and Executive Career Field plans will be done by the Healthcare Executive Fellowship Chief of Staff and presented to the Chief of Staff for final evaluation.
  • Performance Measure items, resources and strategic planning will be initially addressed, reviewed and revised as necessary by the Healthcare Executive Fellowship Chief of Staff prior to presentation to and approval by the Chief of Staff.
  • The Healthcare Executive Fellowship Chief of Staff will be responsible for individual projects and meetings as assigned by the Chief of Staff. These will in all likelihood be those related to the ancillary areas but may include unrelated projects as necessary or those of particular professional interest to the candidate.


Work schedules may vary depending on the hiring facility.



  • U.S. citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • Licensure and Registration – Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA
  • Educational requirements - Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
    • Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.
    • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
    • Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.
    • For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required.
  • First-Year Residency (Internship) - Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was competed. For a VA resident, the appropriate Deans Committee and Resident Review Board may recommend appointment on the basis of the candidate's acceptability for residency training. Approved residencies are:
    • Those approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association, in the list published for the year the residency was completed, OR
    • Other residencies or their equivalents which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training. The Board may determine that the residency requirement has been met if the candidate has completed 1 year of postgraduate education.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.

Salary determination will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

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.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. Grade and salary will be based on a recommendation by the Professional Standards Board and approved by the Medical Center Director.

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.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described below in the "Required Documents" section.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, August 31, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

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

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 657432

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Required Documents:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Completed Online Questionnaire
  2. CV or Resume
  3. VA Form 10- 2850 - Application For Physicians, Dentist, Podiatrists, and Optometrists (Available at
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration.  Current VA employees must provide proof of current, unrestricted licensure, which may include verification from Credentialing and Privileging at current station, copy from State Board, or VetPro documentation. 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) (official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired).
  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at .
  7. Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.


Susan M. Hoxter
Phone: (610)384-7711x4660
Agency Information:
VHA Austin Human Resources Center
1400 Blackhorse Hill Road
Coatesville, PA


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via US postal service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Friday, August 31, 2012. If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.

The selection process will not conclude until March 2013. 

Control Number: 316751000
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