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Job Title:Chief Consultant, Geriatrics & Extended Care Services

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-PCS-13-CAJ-788729

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$145,000.00 to $245,000.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 19, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 4 Years


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


All groups of qualified individuals


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 788729 (Include on all documents)

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education and experience


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!

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Geriatrics & Extended Care (GEC) Services is located in the Office of Patient Care Services, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and is responsible for the delivery of comprehensive geriatric and extended care services to elderly and disabled Veterans across the VA health care system. The Chief Consultant for GEC reports to the Chief Patient Care Services Officer, but operates on a broad delegation of authority with independence of action to manage VA’s Geriatric & Extended Care programs. Reporting to the Chief Consultant are the four program directors and managers responsible for the policy of programs and services related to GEC. National institutional and non-institutional program services provided under GEC include: Home and Community-based Care, State Veterans Homes, Community Living Centers (CLC), other Geriatric Programs, including geriatric primary care and geriatric evaluation and management, and purchased care programs. Special national Geriatric programs include Dementia, Medical Foster Home, Hospice and Palliative Care, Program of All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), caregiver support programs, the Veteran-Directed Care programs and the 20 Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Centers (GRECC). The program service directors and GEC provide professional and technical guidance to Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and facility-level managers and providers who are programmatically aligned with various operational services, and advise a number of Field Advisory Committees, and the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee (GGAC), a Federal Advisory Committee.

The incumbent performs under policies established by the Under Secretary for Health and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and is responsible to them for effective and economical management of all program activities. Principle guidelines include Public Laws and related regulations, Executive Orders, Comptroller General Decisions, 0MB and OPM regulations, VA national goals, objectives, policies and standards, and VA Manuals, Program Guides and Circulars. The Chief Consultant exercises independent judgment, initiative, resourcefulness and originality in facilitating achievement of the VA’s mission.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • English Language Proficiency required


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The Chief Consultant for Geriatrics & Extended Care has overall responsibility for planning organizing, directing, coordinating and controlling policy in the program and supporting operations of geriatric and extended care services throughout the VA health care system. This includes specific functions such as:

  • Developing and implementing policy for comprehensive national institutional and non-institutional GEC programs as well as the special national Geriatric programs tailored to the needs of the veteran patient population served.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective and harmonious relationships with national and local communities, veteran organizations, civic, professional and other similar organizations and with medical schools, research institutions and medical programs in the country.
  • Making important judgmental decisions on a variety of complex policy and administrative matters in accomplishing or directing the accomplishment of the mission of the GEC programs.

These duties are geared to successful accomplishment of the VA’s patient care mission, as well as additional missions such as teaching and/or research.


***Relocation expenses may be authorized.***

***A Recruitment/relocation incentive of up to $15,000 may be authorized.***
***An Appraised Value Option (AVO) may be authorized.***

***This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.  This position may be reappointed or extended.***


DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION:  Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.  Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.


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1. U.S. Citizenship

2. English language proficiency

3. Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. Must pass a pre-employment physical, which may include drug testing. 

4. Licensure and Registration – Must provide evidence of an active, 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

5. 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:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) 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:

(1) 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

(2) 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.


6. Technical Qualifications: 

The technical and leadership competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under the following categories outlined below. Typically, these qualifications would be gained through education, experience and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in responsible management/executive level assignments such as Chief Geriatrics and Extended Care at a national or Network level; Medical Center Director, Associate Director, Chief of Staff or equivalent positions in a hospital/network/regional office or allied medical care facility. An individual’s total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

In conjunction to completing the online questionnaire, it is highly recommended your resume show that you possess these specific technical qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) competencies.  Describe these specific qualifications by writing narratives outlining your work accomplishments supporting each competency.  These competency narratives should be submitted with your resume as part of your application package.  
1. Knowledge of mission, organization programs and requirements of health care delivery systems, and the ability to manage and direct a health care program at a national level.


1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 
2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Inherent is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 
5. Building Coalitions: The 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.



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.

Basis for Evaluation:  All applicants will be evaluated by a panel review to determine the degree to which they possess the above qualifications. Among the factors the evaluation panel will consider in determining the applicant’s relative capacity and fitness for the position are education, training and quality of experience.


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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 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.

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.


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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 Tuesday, December 18, 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: 788729

2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


Required Documents:

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

  1. Completed Online Questionnaire
  2. Curriculum Vitae (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.  Must provide evidence of an active, current, full unrestricted lilcense to practice Medicine or Surgery in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the U.S. or the District of Columbia.
  5. Copy of diploma from School of Medicine.
  6. Unofficial transcript(s) (official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired).
  7. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at .
  8. Veterans must submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  9. If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.


Cathy A. Jackson
Phone: (404)630-0086
Agency Information:
VHA Workforce Management and Consulting Office
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


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 Tuesday, December 18, 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.

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