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Job Title:Health System Specialist (GHATP Administrative Fellow) - Recent Graduate

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ZX-13-JE-866871

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates


1 vacancy in the following location:
Tampa, FL United StatesView Map


Recent Graduate Program Eligibles



 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 866871


Our Mission: 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 professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • GHATP Recent Graduate Eligible.
  • Current Federal Employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • English language proficiency required.


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As a Recent Graduate of the the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP), the Administrative Fellow is considered to be performing at an entry level, and will, initially, serve in a training capacity, learning the appropriate rules/regulations used in conducting Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) business as well as following Graduate Health Care Administration Program (GHATP) guidelines.  He/She will be applying the knowledge gained in this position to on-hand projects as well as specific assignments throughout the tenure.  The Fellow will be expected to provide a full range of management services and work closely with hospital management/service chiefs and other key personnel in the formulation and completion of projects.  He/She must possess a high degree of time management skills and be well organized to balance demands among several programs and establish priorities.  Assignments are of considerable complexity, depth, and variety, which requires the application of independent judgement and exercise of initiative.  Through integrated knowledge of clinical medicine and health care system administration, this individual will have daily responsibility for solving specific problems which directly affect the hospital's operation and our ability to deliver optimum patient care.  The position requires an understanding of the critical balance between the administrative and clinical functions in health care delivery and the ability to coordinate and control programs and resources to achieve this balance. 


Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Health System Specialist Trainee PD# 5230-O 
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  If you are currently enrolled in a Masters Degree program and will not graduate until spring, you may provisionally apply so long as all requirements are met no later than June 01, 2013.


Time-in-grade:  Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. Time-in-grade is met with having held a GS-7 for 52 weeks.


GS-9 Recent Graduate (Administrative Fellow)


1.  Must be a U.S. citizen

2.  Must be proficient in spoken and written language as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3.

3.  Must have graduated from an accredited educational institution within two years (six years for veterans described below) of the date of this vacancy announcement with a Master's Degree in MHA, MHSA, MPH, or other Health Care Management/Administration Degree.

NOTE FOR VETERANS:  Veterans who were precluded from applying due to military service have 2 years after release or discharge from active duty to apply.  A DD-214 must be provided to verify active duty military service.

4.  The Master's Program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Link to Accrediting Organizations:

A transcript must be submitted with your application package.  Education will be verified.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is mostly sedentary, but there is a moderate amount of walking involved, with infrequent bending, lifting, and stooping.  Vision should be sufficient to read from a computer screen for prolonged periods without excessive fatigue.  Input data into the computer requires prolonged use of the keyboard.


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application 
checklist or visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.



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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 866871
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. 
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 08, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form (, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items (View Occupational Questionnaire)

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Phone: (813)972-7584
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
Fax: (478)757-3144


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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