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Job Title:Health System Specialist (GHATP) Fellow

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AJP-13-RGo-756566-MPA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$56,857.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 25, 2012 to Wednesday, November 07, 2012




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 756566


This position is part of VHA's Administrative Fellows Program under the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP). Through this program, VA provides in-hospital and national program office experiences for graduates who recently received their master's degree from an accredited program in healthcare administration (MHA), health services administration (MHSA), public health (MPH), or other healthcare management/administration master’s degree.


Through this 12-month training program a path is created for professional development to produce potential executives who can successfully lead the VHA in a challenging healthcare industry.    Training is intended to build and enhance basic knowledge, skills, and abilities previously obtained through higher education and experience. This position requires knowledge of healthcare principles, theories and practices, including budgeting, planning, administration, etc. in order to analyze and evaluate broad and complex problems in this industry and recommend solutions.


Fellows receive a salary, benefits, training, and travel. Training is provided by experienced VA professionals known as Preceptors.


Upon successful completion of the training program, Fellows are eligible for placement into a position within the VA health care system. Preceptors work with fellows to find a position that best fits their skills, needs, and circumstances.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served 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


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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This position is located in the National Surgery Office (NSO) which supports the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) mission through operational oversight and policy development for 113 inpatient and 18 ambulatory surgical programs. The NSO promotes collaboration and communication, best practices, minimized variability, and enhanced quality of surgical care through a defined organizational structure; local and regional surgical expertise, and established local, regional, and national surgical specific workgroups and NSO project teams. The NSO is Veteran-centric, forward thinking and data driven with a commitment to information security.


The purpose of this position is to serve as the Health System Specialist as a Graduate Healthcare Administrative Trainee (GHATP) Fellow.  You will work under the direction of leadership on all aspects of national level complex clinical programs and collaborative projects, to implement national surgery office strategic initiatives, and to assimilate relevant data for dissemination.   

Major duties and responsibilities include, but not limited to the following:

·         Works with NSO senior management staff, National Director Surgery (NDS), Deputy NDS, Clinical Executive (CE), Director and Executive Assistant (EA) to develop clinical policies as  appropriate based on thorough research of current literature including department manuals, statutory and regulatory impact, accreditation standards and legal guidance;

·         Ensures that logistics involved in publishing clinical policies, bulletins, arid other documents are completed upon approval;

·         Charters, co-chairs, and facilitates workgroups consisting of subject-matter experts;

·         Works with Senior Management Staff to conduct and oversee executive review of correspondence in assigned area requiring concurrence and/or signature of NDS or senior management/agency officials;

·         Conducts “administrative/technical” reviews of policy documents for NDS concurrence related to respective area of focus;

·         Coordinates and prepares reports, briefing materials, white papers and other such correspondence for the NDS to aid in discussions with top level officials within and outside the Department;

·         Attends local and national meetings of the NSO and VHA as well as participate in surgical site visits;

·         Participates in local budget development and execution;

·         Involved in development and execution of a NSO strategic and succession plan;

·         Tracks and trends all assignments within their team’s portfolio in order to ensure adherence to timelines and ensure achievement of designated deliverables.


Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday, Full-Time, 8:00am-4:30pm



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To apply for this position, you must have the following qualifications:



EDUCATION: You MUST provide a copy of your transcripts (non-official are acceptable) with your application package. Failing to provide your transcripts will result in non-consideration. 


Students in the second year of their master’s program, typically during their final quarter/semester, or just recently graduated (within one to two months).


Hold (prior to entering the program) a Master of Health Care Administration (MHA), Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), Master of Public Health (MPH), or Master of Public Administration (MPA) or other Health Care Management/Administration Degree.

Your master's program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), or the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).


You MUST complete a minimum of 40 hours of temporary paid or without compensation (WOC) - clinical education under Title 38 USC 7403(g) at a VA Medical Center with Affiliation Agreement prior to university graduation. (Note this clinical education may be completed after submitting application but must be completed prior to university graduation and before entering the GHATP program)

NOTE: Upon completion of the 40 hour WOC and graduation for the above mentioned degreed program, applicants are eligible for non-competitive appointment to a Career-Conditional appointment.


You will be rated on the following competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. Narrative responses are not required at this time.

-Knowledge of the theories and principles of health care administration.

-Ability to manage (e.g. plan, organize, direct, control, review) the work activities.

-Knowledge of healthcare planning and management techniques and practices.

-Knowledge of healthcare financial management principles and practices.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.




The work is mainly sedentary with light lifting, bending and stooping in the normal course of the workday. No other special physical demands are required to perform this work.


For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements: (

Veterans' 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 your DD214(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.   If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-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, please visit


After the vacancy announcement closes, those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position are referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.


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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact Rafael Gonzalez at (317)988-1782 or e-mail RAFAEL.GONZALEZ3@VA.GOV.


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.  Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities refer to this checklist.

Placement Policy:  The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 07, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online: you will need to click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire.  Then print the 1203FX form to complete and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire  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 n case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 756566. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:

  1. Résumé 
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.


Rafael Gonzalez
Phone: (317)988-1782
Agency Information:
1481 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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