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Job Title:Health System Specialist (Trainee)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:IB-13-KMw-795643

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$33,101.00 to $53,307.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 07, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012




Full Time - Temporary NTE 06/28/2013


3 vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, TX United StatesView Map





 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 795643


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network is seeking up to 3 Health System Specialist Interns.  The positions will be located in the VISN Office in Arlington, Texas.  This is a great oppurtunity to fullfill graduate program degree requirements related to Heathcare Administration. 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.



  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You must be a enrolled in one of the specified graduate programs.
  • Your graduate program must be accredited by one of the specified agencies.


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As Health System Specialist Intern you will assist in carrying out organizational projects and you will participate in the evaluation of program effectiveness at the operational level.  You will provide administrative support to the staff at the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network office in Arlington, TX.  Work assignments will be designed to provide training in health care administration functions.

Work Schedule: MONDAY - FRIDAY; 8:00 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.



Position Description Title/PD#: 8344TA





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


Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program, with at least a half-time academic course load, in one of the following areas: Master of Public Health in Healthcare Administration (MPH), Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration (MBA).  Note: MBA and MPA candidates must have at least two (2) courses in healthcare administration, in conjunction with the degree program.  These courses must be listed on your official transcript. 

The graduate program must be accredited from one of the following agencies: the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), Associate of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the National Association of Schools Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).   


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.


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).

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) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application 
checklist or visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.


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.

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 (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 20, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen 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 complete the Occupational Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form 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: Complete the following cover page using 795643.  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:

  • Resume
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • 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.
  • Official transcripts from the graduate school (copies of official transcripts will be accepted).  You may request that your official transcripts be sent directly from your college to our office.
  • Proof of enrollment
  • Cover Letter (which includes your GPA and academic program you are enrolled in).
  • Proof that your graduate program meets accreditation requirements.



Kelley Washington
Phone: (817)385-3747
Agency Information:
2301 East Lamar Blvd
Suite 650
Arlington, TX


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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