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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-13-866963-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
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, 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. 


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



The VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, primary, mental health and extended care services to Veterans in northern California.  VANCHCS is also part of the VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21).  VANCHCS serves more than 270,000 Veterans dispersed over a wide geographic area comprised of approximately 40,000 square miles covering seventeen counties.  Each year nearly 80,000 unique Veteran patients are served by a workforce of approximately 2,200 full-time employees and supported by a budget of approximately $548 million annually. The system continues to grow at a rate above the national average.

VANCHCS has two divisions, each with an Associate Director. The Sacramento Valley Division is comprised of medical facilities in Sacramento, Chico, Redding and Yuba City/Marysville.  The East Bay Division is comprised of medical facilities in Martinez, Fairfield, Vallejo, and Oakland.  Facilities include a Medical Center in Sacramento; a Community Living Center (CLC) in Martinez; outpatient clinics in Martinez, Fairfield, Oakland, Sacramento/McClellan Park, Redding, Chico, Vallejo and Marysville; a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Oakland; a Day Treatment Center in Martinez; and dental clinics in Vallejo, Sacramento/McClellan Park and Redding.  A Contract Outreach Clinic is located in Yreka.

VANCHCS has 180 beds, including 60 medical-surgical-psychiatric beds at the Sacramento VAMC and 120 beds at the Martinez CLC. The Sacramento VAMC offers a full range of comprehensive health care services including primary care, medical and surgical subspecialties, and inpatient and outpatient mental health care. The medical center houses a cardiac catheterization lab, a gastrointestinal/endoscopy suite; angiography capability; radiology services including MRI, mammography, PET and CT scanning; four operating rooms; 16,000 square feet of research laboratories; and is home to the NIH-funded University of California (UC) Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center's Clinical Research Center, developed under a partnership between VANCHCS and the University of California-Davis Health System.  The corporate office for the East Bay Institute for Research and Education (EBIRE), the nonprofit institute that administers research approved by VANCHCS, is located at the Sacramento VA Medical Center.

The Martinez Outpatient Clinic offers a full range of medical, surgical, mental health, and diagnostic outpatient services including nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT and MRI. The clinic also operates an active freestanding ambulatory surgery center with two operating rooms.  Residents from UC Davis Health System and its affiliate, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, receive training at the Martinez campus. The CLC is located adjacent to the Martinez Outpatient Clinic. Major clinical programs at the CLC include Clinical Neurological Services; sub-acute care; and Respite, Palliative, Restorative and Rehabilitative Care.   In addition, a portion of the VANCHCS research program is based on the Martinez Campus.



VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a pay band 1 position and the salary range is $119,554-179,700.  Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs, a recruitment/ relocation incentive and/ or Appraised Value Offer (formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout) may be authorized.





  • 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



•  External Awareness

•  Flexibility

•  Strategic Thinking



•  Team Building



•  Accountability

•  Customer Service 



•  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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