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    Duties

    Summary

    The National Center for Patient Safety develops, recommends, and implements VHA policy in the area of patient safety, conducts ad hoc analyses, and provides professional guidance on patient safety concerns, including nationwide education and training. NCPS also assumes a lead role in planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating VHA initiatives and programs concerned with patient safety.

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    Responsibilities

    THIS IS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY POSITION AND CAN BE FILLED WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OCCUPATIONS :

    • PHYSICIAN/DENTIST: $145,000 - $245,000
    • HEALTH SCIENCE OFFICER: $126,148 - $174,500
    • NURSE: $126,148 - $174,500
    • PHARMACIST: $126,148 - $174,500
    This is a Pay Band 3 position.
    NOTE: For Physician or Dentist - Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. Exceptions to the salary cap must be approved.

    Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week

    Financial Disclosure Report: Required
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized
    Relocation Expenses: 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 Deputy Executive Director (DED) assists the Executive Director in leading VHA's Patient Safety improvement initiatives. The incumbent in this position is a senior VA patient safety executive who provides national leadership for the formulation, establishment, operation, evaluation, and continuous improvement of effective management policies, programs, and practices for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that maximize clinical patient safety delivered across the full continuum of care sites (i.e., inpatient, outpatient, community, home, etc.). This is accomplished by the application of state-of-the-art knowledge of design and operational aspects of clinical and non-clinical safety systems drawn from both inside and outside the healthcare field. The DED is an Title 38 senior executive who uses extensive leadership skills, communication skills, clinical knowledge (as applicable to the occupation), and patient safety expertise to advise, support, and collaborate with the senior executives in VHA, and exercises very wide latitude and independent judgment affecting national policy and practices concerning patient safety. The executive has impact on programs, policies, and activities that are national in scope and that influence the overall organizational mission and strategy. The executive initiates, designs, and completes high visibility national projects to advance VHA's patient safety improvement goals.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

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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, 04/15/2019.

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

    Physician
    • Licensure and Registration: Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia
    • Board certified or board eligible physician
    • Education: Degree of Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an accredited school by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the course of study was completed.

    Nurse
    • Registration: Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (e.g., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
    • Education: Must have a minimum of a master's degree in nursing from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program or a master's degree in a field related to nursing with a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited program. A doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited program and national certification by an approved body is preferred.
    Pharmacist
    • Licensure: Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
    • Education: Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

    Health Science Officer:
    • Education: Successful completion of a master's degree or higher course of study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
    In addition to the qualifications listed above, the incumbent must meet the following qualifications:
    • A United States Citizen
    • Proficient in the English Language (written and spoken)
    • Meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

    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):
    Expert knowledge of patient safety and safety management concepts, principles, practices and procedures, bodies of law, regulations and precedent decisions along with a wide range of consultative experiences that enable the incumbent to develop and recommend critical patient safety programs that: (a) improve patient safety management techniques; and (b) are applicable to an extensive range of health care operations and research activities.

    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.

    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.
    NOTE: If tentatively selected the VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors (Available at https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-2850-fill_BAK.pdf) and official college transcript(s) (If not currently appointed as a Veterans Health Administration Physician) will be required.

    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.

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    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 04/15/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10447952.
    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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