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    Summary

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking for a dynamic leader from America's nursing community to accept the challenge as the Veteran's Health Administration's Chief Nursing Officer.

    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

    America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

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    Responsibilities

    Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week

    Financial Disclosure Report: Required
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized
    Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized
    Relocation Expenses: Authorized
    Nurse Executive Special Pay may be authorized

    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.

    The Chief Nursing Officer provides leadership and direction to the profession of nursing services across all 153 VA Medical Centers that employ more than 92,874 nursing staff including 66,221 Registered Nurse and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
    The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Office of Nursing Services, acts as Consultant to the Under Secretary for Health and key Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Department officials on all matters relating to Nursing and the delivery of patient care services.

    You will be a consultant to VA leadership in planning strategic activities necessary to support quality patient care, access, cost effectiveness and customer satisfaction. Other areas of consultation include legislative activities, human resource development and policy expertise.

    The CNO is the chief executive officer of the Office of Nursing Services and as such is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a strategic plan and strategic activities that support the patient care education, research and DOD backup and emergency preparedness missions of the Veterans Health Administration.

    Specific functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Health on policy and procedures pertaining to the delivery of nursing care across the continuum of care.
    • Coordination leader of the clinical experts and support staff who comprise the Office of Nursing Services. The goal is to build and maintain an effective work team for supporting the enrichment of nursing services on a national level.
    • Consultant/developer of national policy and guidelines for workforce of approximately 35,000 registered nurses and 60,000 nursing service employees.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

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    0610 Nurse

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. citizen
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • 4-Year 7306 appointment with potential for re-appointment (not guaranteed)

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/18/2019.

    In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

    KEY REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
    Education: A Doctoral degree in nursing or a related field is preferred but at a minimum candidates must possess a Master's Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC; http://www.nlnac.org) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE; http://www.aacn.nche.edu) at the time you completed the program -or- a Master's Degree in a related field with a BSN from an accredited program or a Bachelor's Degree in a related field-and- appropriate basic or advanced certification such as: Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) or Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) or similar certifications.
    Licensure: Possess a current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a professional nurse in a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
    Experience: Minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible leadership assignments, with at least four years previous experience as member of a Senior Leadership Team as a Chief Nurse Executive, Associate Chief of Patient Care Services, or similarly titled position in a large tertiary hospital or Health Care System, preferably one with a strong academic affiliation. This experience must be fully outlined in your resume.

    DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:
    Applicants must possess extensive leadership experience in the health care arena sufficient to qualify for the equivalent of a senior executive equivalent position within the Federal service. In addition, the incumbent is broadly acquainted with clinical treatment modalities, administrative and clinical support systems and is knowledgeable about multifaceted health care delivery systems.

    In addition to basic requirements, the following technical and executive core qualifications are required for this position. Typically, these qualifications would be gained through education, experience and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in responsible management/executive level assignments in health care at a national or Network level, equivalent positions in a hospital/network/regional office or allied medical care facility, or executive positions in an academic institution. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. If you are currently a federal employee, this type of experience is typically found at positions at the GS-15 level and above.

    To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess all of the necessary requirements for this position, you MUST SHOW in your RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualification(s) outlined below. Eligibility will be based on clear and concise accomplishments that emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments (with results), policy initiatives and level of contacts.

    Applicants can obtain a sample resume along with additional information regarding the Executive Core Qualifications on the Internet at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp.

    A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:
    • ECQ 1. LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    • ECQ 2. LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    • ECQ 3. RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
    • ECQ 4. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Applicants may focus on resource management, with particular emphasis on financial management (budget).
    • ECQ 5. BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Applicants may demonstrate that they have external contacts as well as internal interactions.
    B. TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQ):

    1. Experience successfully leading and managing a large public or private sector nursing program consisting of geographically dispersed facilities of varying complexity.
    2. Demonstrated experience as a primary liaison for a nursing program with stakeholders, including but not limited to internal and external customers, academic affiliations, public officials, and Congress.

    Physical Requirements: Most of the work performance is at a desk, in an office setting. The incumbent often carries books and papers to and from meetings and conferences. It is highly likely that the incumbent may have to travel between office buildings for meetings, which will involve going outside during various elements of weather.

    REFERENCES: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard and Appendix G-3 Dentist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    Education

    PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

    Additional information

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    Veterans' Preference does not apply to Senior Executive Equivalent positions.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    In describing your experience please is clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified; errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Please follow all instructions carefully.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    Yes

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    Required Documents

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

    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
    • Proof of current certification, licensure or registration (for physicians this proof can be a copy or you can provide the certification, licensure or registration number, state and expiration date in your resume)
    • If currently a federal employee, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action outlining your current pay plan, series, and grade. (If you have held a higher graded position in the past, please include a SF-50 to verify the level served.)
    • Non-Federal Employees must submit recent pay documentation.
    Recommended Documents:
    • Copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/18/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10410639.
    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Paul Smith

    Address

    Veterans Health Administration - 1007
    810 Vermont Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20420
    US
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    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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