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Job Title:  Health System Administrator (Medical Center Director)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-823485-BR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map
All groups of qualified individuals


The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from all sources: within VA, the Federal government, and from the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a 5 page resume to apply for this position. Because of this improvement, we are only announcing our positions for 14 days. 


This is a reannouncement of Vacancy Announcement Number VA-SES-12-783879-BR.  If you have previously applied for this position, you MUST re-apply to receive consideration.


San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) is a major 124-bed tertiary care teaching hospital with state-of-the art technology providing a full range of patient care services and world class research programs. Primary and mental health care is provided at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco as well as the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Downtown San Francisco, Eureka, San Bruno, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and Clearlake. SFVAMC is a part of the VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) which includes facilities in Fresno, Honolulu, Palo Alto, Reno, Sacramento and Manila.SFVAMC is a Level 1a facility. In FY 2011, SFVAMC had an operating budget of $493.5 million. In FY 2011, SFVAMC had 537,683 outpatient visits; 5,329 inpatient stays; and 61,367 unique patients. In this same fiscal year, SFVAMC employed 2,142 FTEE in highly complex medical, technical and administrative positions as well as 675 volunteers. SFVAMC has six National Centers of Excellence: The Center of Excellence for Epilepsy Treatment, Cardiac Surgery, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, HIV, Renal Dialysis and Primary Care Education. This facility has nationally recognized programs including the Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center; Hepatitis C Research and Education Center; Mental Illness Research & Education Clinical Center; and the Western Pacemaker and AICD Surveillance Program. In 2009, SFVAMC was selected to head the Southwest Regional Epilepsy Center of Excellence. This is one of four sites that provides epilepsy care, supports the training and educational needs of the Network, and manages a VA epilepsy registry. The Southwest Regional Network includes VA Medical Centers in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Houston and Palo Alto.SFVAMC has an extensive Graduate Medical Education program, which includes an affiliation with the world renowned University of California-San Francisco (UCSF). Specific affiliations exist with the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry. SFVAMC provides clinical training to one-third of all UCSF medical students. Over 770 UCSF residents and trainees rotate through the VA at some point during their training. The SFVAMC research program is the largest in VA, averaging $80 million in funding yearly in 2009-2011 from the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health, other Federal agencies, and private sponsors. Areas of particular interest are diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, hypertension, stroke, congestive heart failure, atherosclerotic vascular disease, Hepatitis B and C, fracture, skin diseases, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's disease, HIV, health services research in aging and chronic illness and advanced neuro-imaging. SFVAMC has the largest non-profit research foundation---the Northern California Institute for Research and Education (NCIRE), also known as the Veterans Health Research Institute--which administers $33 million in grants and whose indirect costs serve to enhance the VA research enterprise. SFVAMC has two VA Program Project Awards in prostate cancer and bone research and two VA Research Enhancement Award Programs (REAP), one in Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) and one in Traumatic Brain Injury in Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D).

VA structure its positions into pay bands.  This is a pay band 1 position and the salary range is $119,554 to $179,700.  

A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer (formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout) may be authorized.


Multiple similarly categorized positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee may be subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report is required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One year probationary period for initial SES appointment


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The Health System Administrator is responsible to the VISN 21 Director for providing full delegated line authority and responsibility for executive level management with overall responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, controlling, reviewing, evaluating and improving medical, administrative, and supporting operations of a health care system.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:        
Determines program goals and objectives, and develops short- and long-range plans for achieving them; plans include adjustments to improve delivery of patient care services       
Provides executive leadership and direction to subordinate organizations       
Develops and coordinates a quality assurance program to ensure compliance with standards issued by accrediting and regulatory groups       
Allocates and manages available resources (financial and personnel) to provide quality health care       
Captures changing needs of varying customers via outreach in Veteran communities, conventions, etc., and works effectively with all stakeholders to achieve optimum outcomes       


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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad perspective of government, and a public service commitment.


Both competitive and non-competitive applicants MUST SHOW in your 5 PAGE RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


The target competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under each ECQ description below. It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas. Remember, your resume must not exceed 5 pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be considered or evaluated.


The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at:


A.  Executive Core Qualifications



• Creativity and Innovation

• External Awareness

• Flexibility

• Strategic Thinking



•  Team Building


•  Accountability



• Financial Management

• Human Capital Management



•  Partnering

•  Political Savvy



B.  Technical Qualification 

Knowledge of mission, organization, programs and requirements of health care delivery systems, and the ability to manage and direct a large health care facility.



Step 1: Minimum ECQ-based qualifications

Step 2: Technical qualification screening

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking

Step 4: Structured interviews to determine Best Qualified (BQ) applicants

Step 5: Tentative selection by Nominating Organization (May include additional screening)

Step 6: Approval by the Selecting Official (May include additional screening)

Step 7: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application as noted under Required Documents.  The agency has the option of considering you noncompetitively or including you in the competitive process (steps 2-6).


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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We strongly encourage you to apply online. Your complete application must be received by 11:59pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, login in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. 


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2. Print your resume and required documents.


3. FAX to (478)757-3144. Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up. You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, to provide your answers. Refer to the link below for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX. The form URL is at:


Please note you may also call USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 to have the OPM Form 1203-FX mailed to you; however, this is not a practical alternative if the announcement is nearing its closing date. After the introduction on the recording, press 1, and listen for instructions to request the form.


A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY technical and executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated.  DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical and executive core qualifications.


2.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


3.  Non-competitive applicants:  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered QRB. Traditional method applications will NOT be accepted.


Barbara Robinson
Phone: (202)461-5329
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of the status of your application throughout the process. If you are deemed a "Highly Qualified" applicant, you should be prepared to begin interviewing approximately one week following the closing date of this announcement.


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