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Job Title:PHYSICIAN - Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:RQ-13-JB-860511

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$150,000.00 to $275,000.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Thursday, April 04, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 860511

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.

Total salary will be determined by a Compensation Pay Panel and is based on education, medical specialty and experience.


The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is recruiting for a physician with demonstrated leadership ability to serve as Associate Chief of Staff [ACOS] for Research and Development (R&D).  The ACOS R&D has senior leadership responsibility for all administrative and budgetary operations of the R&D Service and for the supervision and evaluation of Service personnel.   The ACOS R&D is responsible for the management and oversight of all research-related activities including the Research Safety and Security Program, the Human Research Protection Program, the Animal Care and Use Program, health services, laboratory research programs, and for all other functions under research service.  The ACOS R&D develops and coordinates translational and clinical research within the institution that supports the VA core missions.  The ACOS R&D is responsible for assuring the continuing high quality of the facility's R&D program, and the planning and development of the broad objectives of the program so that it supports the patient care mission of Department of Veterans Affairs and CAVHS.  The ACOS R&D is responsible for compliance with both VISN and Central Office (CO) mandated research policies including those issued by the Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the Office of Research Oversight (ORO).  The ACOS R&D promotes effective communication and working relationships between the facility and its affiliates.  The ACOS R&D integrates the needs of the affiliation relationship with the research and patient care needs at the facility.  The ACOS R&D must have credible research and academic experience.  The ACOS R&D will have patient care and teaching responsibilities.  He/She is expected to engage in an active research program in addition to fostering research within the VA.  The division of time must ensure that adequate attention is given to research and development administration.  The ACOS R&D should have made sufficient contributions in teaching and research to be suitable for an academic appointment at the affiliated medical school.   Incumbent will perform specialty-specific research as the Principal Investigator (PI), Co-Principal Investigator, or Co-Investigator on funded and/or unfunded investigations. 

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 experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

 VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • 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.


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The functions of the ACOS R&D are:
Administration of the facility's Human Research Protection Program to ensure the protection of human subjects in research and compliance with applicable regulations; the ACOS R&D will foster research programs throughout the institution that are consistent with the core missions of the VA.  The incumbent will have direct participation with the Chief of Staff in the management of the hospital's health care programs, particularly in the areas where integration of R&D programs can have a beneficial effect either directly or indirectly on patients.  The ACOS R&D will serve as R&D liaison with the Deans' Committees for both affiliates including the administration of the facility's R&D programs, and the operations of the R&D Committee and its subcommittees.  The incumbent is responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating policies and standard operating procedures, ensuring that these policies and procedures are in compliance with all state and Federal regulations governing research.  The incumbent will provide guidance, supervision, and mentoring to research investigators and serve as a member on the VISN 16 Research Subcommittee.  The incumbent will ensure all required communications and reports are submitted through the proper chain of command to the Chief Research and Development Officer (CRADO), VA Central Office including oversight and appropriate financial administration and management of the facility's R&D programs.  The ACOS R&D will ensure all required research accreditations are maintained (i.e. ALION Science and Technology Cooperation, Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International) with all research-related federal and local regulatory requirements met and maintained.  The incumbent will have leadership responsibilities including organizing staff meetings, communication both down to staff and up to leadership, and issuing briefs.  The incumbent will conduct routine ratings of all indicated staff, including midyear evaluations, promotions, disciplinary actions and grievances, training requirements, employee health requirements, and credentialing and privileging requirements.  The ACOS R&D will work with Section Leadership on DSS mapping, FTE needs, capacity analysis, workloads, resource needs (equipment, IT, supplies, space, etc.) followed by oversight of the Administrative Officer's preparation of the annual Service Business Plan to be presented to Senior Leadership. 

The ACOS R&D must possess excellent written and oral skills, outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills, to include team building, team oversight and facilitation, program/project management and personnel management. He/she must demonstrate tact, patience and courtesy when dealing with individuals from organizations he/she communicates with; Knowledge of and experience in the conduct of research protocols as a Principal Investigator of a VA-funded research program involving human subjects and serving on a VA R&D Committee and/or IRB.  The ACOS R&D must be familiar with VA research policies (e.g., ORD and ORO) as related to human rights in research, animal research, safety of personnel engaged in research, research information security, and animal welfare.   The assignment requires knowledge of the accreditation requirements of AHRPP. History of successful administrative accomplishments and history of success in fostering a culture of compliance within the research arena.

Education: The ACOS for R&D functions as a liaison to ACOS for Education regarding UME/GME issues.  The ACOS for R&D is expected to show effectiveness in teaching.  Will monitor and coordinate educational activities, and comply with necessary trainee supervision.  The ACOS R&D assures that the mandated education for research staff are completed in a timely manner per VA guidelines.

Duty Location/Campus:  Chief of Staff Service, Little Rock Campus and North Little Rock Campus, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and after hour duties including night, weekends, and holidays.  Chief of staff call coverage will be required.

Since this is a supervisory position, it is NOT covered by the Bargaining Unit. 

Recruitment incentive may be authorized for well qualified candidates.



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U.S. Citizenship.

Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

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 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.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Must be board certified, as this position is equivalent to that of a Service Chief or higher.

Preferred Experience:

1. Background in education and training,

2. Experience with academic medical practice in a teaching hospital,

3. Strong communication and supervisory skills, pertinent experience, experience in administration/performance improvement.

Specialized Experience for GS-14 Level: Applicants must possess one (1) year of clinical research experience equivalent to the GS-13 level.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

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: 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


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.


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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

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


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 and approved by the Medical Center Director.



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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 ( ) 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 ( 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 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX 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 using the following Vacancy ID: 860511.  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 Thursday, April 04, 2013.


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

1. Completed Online Questionnaire

2. 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

5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at .

6. Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50), from your Official Personnel Folder, noting current grade, salary and position title (if current or former Federal Employee                                                                                   

The following documents are required if you are claiming Veterans Preference:

1.  Veterans' Preference documentation

2.  Legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  NOTE:  More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.  Your Veterans preference will be based on the documents you submit.

3.  SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, complete and signed.

4.  VA award letter of disability indicating certification of entitlement.


Jamie K. Briscoe
Phone: (501)257-1442
Fax: (501)257-1774
Agency Information:
VHA Central Arkansas HCS Little Rock
HRMS - 05
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR
Fax: (501)257-1774


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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