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Job Title:Physician, Chief of Pathology and Laboratory

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JS-13-850728

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$130,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Friday, January 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0602-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
East Orange, NJ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 850728

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?

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips.  Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

Relocation/Recruitment incentive MAY be authorized upon review and approval by management.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This position will be required to split time and travel between the East Orange and Lyons campuses on a regular basis. 

This vacancy is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) is looking for a Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (Chief, PLMS), to provide administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service.   VANJHCS is an integrated system consisting of two Veterans Health Administration facilities located in East Orange and Lyons, New Jersey and also has ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located throughout the state.  The CBOCs are located in Brick , Elizabeth , Hackensack , Hamilton , Jersey City , Morristown , Newark , Paterson , Piscataway , and Tinton Falls. For Fiscal Year 2011, VANJHCS treated 58,399 Veterans, including 634,329 outpatient visits and 5,281 inpatients.  VANJHCS is affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and provides education to over 400 trainees annually, including medical students, pathology residents, nursing students, and social work interns.  

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service offers inpatient and outpatient lab sampling associated with an extensive menu of clinical laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. Additionally, PLMS is involved in educational activities throughout the medical center including interdisciplinary seminars, tumor boards, and autopsy conferences. 

Also, the Service is actively involved in the training of medical students, residents, and other health-related professionals.  Residents from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Pathology Residency Program rotate through Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at VA New Jersey.  Medical students from UMDNJ attend didactic conferences that include teaching by PLMS staff.  Students from the Medical Technology program rotate through the clinical laboratories for training.  A number of PLMS employees have faculty appointments at various area Universities/Medical Schools for lecturing and meeting purposes.

DUTIES:

The Chief, PLMS provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the PLMS to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals and applicable performance measures.   The Chief, PLMS is accountable for the delivery of all health care by the PLMS staff.   The Chief, PLMS is responsible for developing a plan for the delivery of health services to patients and assessing that those health care services are consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veterans Health Administration.  Additionally, the Chief, PLMS establishes an environment within the service that promotes optimum patient care.  The Chief, PLMS participates in top-level decision making and policy design that impacts on PLMS through collaboration with Medical Center administration, other service chiefs, and interdepartmental Supervisors.  The Chief, PLMS directs health care programs, delegating authority, and responsibility to meet both the medical center and service goals.  The Chief, PLMS is responsible for the fiscal management of the department including budget planning and management.  The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff. 

He/She is an integral part of the key leadership team of the medical center.  The Chief, PLMS is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in his/her specialty field.  The Chief, PLMS ensures practice-based learning and improvement, demonstrates ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care and delivery of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine services.  The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients and profession.  The successful candidate demonstrates an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to improve and optimize health care. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed only if it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Must be board certified or eligible.

Management Degree: Preferred (Such as MBA, MPH, or MHA).

Specialty: Board certification in Clinical Pathology is preferred. 

Research:  Academic appointment and research experience with publications in peer-reviewed journals preferred.

Licensure and Registration: Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.   The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

Education: 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.

Requirements for Chief Grade: Meet the requirements for Senior Grade (past or present faculty appointment in an approved medical school; completion of an accredited residency in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area; current eligibility to sit for the board certification examination in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area; or comparable achievements in clinical, educational, administrative or research activities) plus attainment of additional recognition in clinical, administrative or research areas.  Such recognition may be demonstrated by: 

(1) Certification by an American Specialty Board, or

(2) Significant accomplishments in clinical practice, educational activities, research, or administration which clearly distinguish the physician as having the highest professional qualifications in the specialty area to which assigned, such as:

     (a)  Past or present faculty appointment at the professional level in an approved medical school, or

     (b)  Completion of an accredited residency in the primary specialty area or in a related area to which the individual will be assigned and unusual professional accomplishment such as:

      1.  Publication of articles in nationally recognized professional journals, or

      2.  Officer in a State or National professional medical organization, or

      3.  Directorship of a hospital or large clinic.

Physical Standards/Requirements: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

English Language Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407 (d).

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc 


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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.  Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé, and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview.  In responding to structured interview questions, you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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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, thrift savings plan, 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/about-va/index.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850 IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.  You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login ) to see the status of your application after applying, 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 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with all supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203-FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 850728.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 05, 2014.

PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR MAIL ANY APPLICATION PACKAGES TO THE VA NJ HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (THESE PACKAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors (available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire.
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

James Szaloczy
Phone: (908)647-0180x5040
Email: JAMES.SZALOCZY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA New Jersey HCS
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ
07939

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


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Job Announcement Number:

JS-13-850728

Control Number:

338864100