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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-13-844905-BJ

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
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
West Haven, CT 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. 

VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) was officially formed in 1995 with the integration of the VA medical centers in West Haven and Newington.  VA Connecticut serves Veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven campus is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 Facility. The Newington campus is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. Community Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Danbury, New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Willimantic and Winsted.  Vet Centers are located in Danbury, Hartford, Norwich and New Haven.  The VA Connecticut HCS is a member of the VA New England Healthcare System headquartered in Bedford, Mass. VACHS has 228 total operating beds consisting of 135 hospital beds, 40 Community Living Center beds, and 49 Domiciliary and Residential beds. With over 709,373 outpatient visits there were 58,167 Station Level uniques from all sources in FY 2012, and over 2,400 employees.      

VACHS is affiliated with many institutions of higher education.  The primary affiliations are with the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.  In fiscal year 2012, 1575 students received some level of training at VA Connecticut.  That figure included 724 medical residents and fellows, 335 medical students and 416 associated health trainees. Additionally, VA Connecticut has clinical and educational affiliations with 142 college and university programs in many fields in the associated health profession. VACHS is partnered with the Fairfield University School of Nursing as part of its Nursing Academy.

VACHS has several specialized programs that are recognized nationally and regionally as the best offered in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  These include the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, the Single PhotoEmission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) - which provides state of the art imaging for medical care and research in biology, psychiatry, cardiology and oncology - and the VA/Yale Center for Neuroscience and Nerve Regeneration.  The VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) and the National Center for PTSD Clinical Neurosciences Division are  also located at the West Haven campus.

Research is an important component of the VACHS mission and plays a key role in enhancing the healthcare services provided to Connecticut’s Veterans.  All participants in the research program are committed to ensure the highest ethical and scientific standards are met so that research aims are accomplished and the safety and well-being of research subjects, investigators and other employees are protected.  The VACHS research program is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program, Incorporated (AAHRPP) for human subject research, and by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) for animal research.  VA Connecticut investigators are involved in more than 400 active research projects in medicine, psychiatry, neurology, surgery, dermatology and radiology.  There are currently more than 150 principal investigators directing work on these projects.  Most projects are funded following national peer review.  The majority of the investigators are clinicians on the medical staff.  Total research funding from VA and non-VA sources in FY 2011 was $47.9 million (FY 2012 figures not available).  VA research funds totaled $16.9 million.  In addition to individual awards, research at the West Haven campus is funded by several specialized center grants.  In psychiatry, the centers are concerned with alcoholism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and dual diagnosis (psychosis and substance abuse).  In neurology, a center focused on spinal cord disease is concerned with rehabilitation.    

VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a Pay Band 1 position.  The salary for this position is capped at $179,700. 

A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Appraised Value Offer (AVO) (formally Guaranteed Home Buyout Option) 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 Network Director. The position requires the effective and economical direction, control, and operation of the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS). The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

·         This position has full delegated line authority and responsibility for executive level management of the Connecticut Healthcare System. Overall responsibility for planning, organizing, coordinating, controlling, reviewing, evaluating, and improving medical, administrative and support operations of the medical facility.

·         Makes final decisions which have a direct and substantial impact on the health care organization and programs. Such decisions affect the nature, scope, and quality of patient care programs and activities.

·         Establishes VACHS policy and procedure consistent with the VISN 1, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and VA corporate guidelines.

·         Determines program goals and objectives and develops short-range and long-range plans for achieving strategic direction consistent with VISN 1, VHA and VA Strategic, Performance and Operating goals.

·         Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with other Federal government agencies, local and state governments, community organizations and other health care providers in VACHS's area.

·         Fosters positive relations with the media, Congressional staff, service organizations, and volunteer groups.

·         As the Equal Opportunity Officer (EEO) for VACHS, the Director has important motivational and executive leadership responsibilities with respect to planning, directing, reviewing, evaluating, and improving the EEO and other special employment program initiatives required by statute, regulation, and policy.



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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



• External Awareness

• Resilience

• Strategic Thinking



•  Developing Others

•  Team Building



•  Accountability

•  Customer Service



•  Financial Management

•  Human Capital Management



•  Partnering


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.


Burnestine James
Phone: (202)461-5349
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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