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Job Title:Chief of Staff

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:IN-13-865021-CSL

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

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$200,000.00 to $255,000.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 12, 2013 to Monday, May 13, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Omaha, NE United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 865021

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?

Welcome to VA NWIHCS!

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWI) is seeking a Chief of Staff to join the Executive Leadership team in leading the Medical Center in fulfilling its mission as a center of excellence for primary, secondary and tertiary care, along with a dynamic Research program.

As an Executive, the Chief of Staff will be responsible for overseeing all clinical and academic missions of the organization.  Developing robust medical programs that serve our nations Veterans will be the highest priority, with the ability to coach and mentor clinical leaders at the facility.  NWI has long affiliations with two medical schools, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Your opportunities are endless as you provide leadership for our 2,000 employees and over 40,000 Veterans across Nebraska and Western Iowa.  The candidate must have executive leadership experience as a clinician, including exceptional operational and financial management skills.  As an executive, the Chief of Staff must be a skilled interpersonal communicator, possess the ability to promote innovation, be able to lead others and inspire organizational excellence.

The main campus is located in the vibrant city of Omaha, with excellent schools and colleges, festive night life, low crime rates, and a flourishing economy.  Midwest charm and strong work ethics await you!

Five reasons you will want to join the NWI Team:

5. A premium benefits package.

4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment.

3. Life in the beautiful Midwest.

2. Unlimited opportunity at your fingertips.

1. Discover the career you want, for the future you deserve.

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 function of the Chief of Staff is multifaceted.  The Chief of Staff promotes the development of healthcare professionals through counseling, mentoring, teaching, research and encouraging self-assessment.  Provides an environment conductive to patient care, educational activity, research and administrative planning and evaluation.  Establishes mechanisms whereby health care system employees, higher level administration, clinical affiliate leadership and other VA entities are informed, in a timely manner, of clinical program developments.  Takes an active role as a management team member, providing advice and counsel in defining and accomplishing the mission and goals of the health care system.  Effectively leads the clinical staff to achieve the mission and goal identified.  Represents the organization, internally and externally, in such a manner as to reflect positively on NWIHCS and VA.  Serves as a professional liaison of the health care system to other VA, federal, community, affiliate, media, congressional, and constituent organizations.  Maintains and promotes high ethical and clinical standards that are carried into evidence based decision-making processes.  Promotes constructive problem resolution in an environment of competing priorities.  Works with the Executive Team to ensure that the programs throughout the health care system reflect the mission and priorities of VHA and VA.  Promotes an effective mix, coordination, and support of clinical programs by evaluating current and potential patient population needs, clinical workload and resources, special program mandates and cost/benefit analyses making recommendations to the Director and ensuring implementation of approved clinical proposals.  Provides leadership to staff through policy guidance and activities on behalf of patients and their clinical care.

Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses may be authorized for this position.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services.  Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities.  For more information go to

Recruitment Incentive:  A recruitment incentive may be offered to the most highly qualified candidate.

Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  The applicant may be awarded up to $10,000.00 per year.


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You must have one year of specialized epxerience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skill, and abilities required to successfully perform.  Typically we should find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.

Basic Requirements as outlined in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2.  Citizen of the United States.  Non-Citizens considered only if unable to recruit qualified citizen.  Must be proficient in spoken and written English.  Degree of Doctor of Medicine or 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.  You must hold a current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.  This is a designated drug-testing position.

Specialized experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, is typically in or related to the work of the position, and must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.  It is available for your review on OPM's website at:

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 qualification (particularly positions with a positive education requirement).  Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position.

You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed to this position.

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

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.


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


You will be evaluated based upon the question responses you provied during a structured interview.  In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

You will also be evaluated based on Qualifications, i.e. education, training, experience and references.


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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.


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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: 865021.  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 Monday, May 13, 2013.



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 (required).
  3. 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
  4. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest non-award SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required). 

The following documents are strongly desired: 

  1. OF-306:   Declaration for Federal Employment


Carla S. LeFrancois
Phone: (402)995-4947
Agency Information:


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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