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Job Title:  Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Director
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-931253-BJ

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
Thursday, July 25, 2013 to Thursday, August 08, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY 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. 

VA Health Care Network Upstate New York (VISN 2) consists of Albany, Bath, Canandaigua, Syracuse, and the Western New York Health Care System (Buffalo and Batavia) and 28 Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).  Comprehensive health care is provided in VISN 2 through primary care, specialty care, mental health, and long-term care.  Areas include medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, extended care and more.  

VISN 2 employs over 6,600 employees while serving over 200,000 Veteran enrollees from 49 counties in New York and Pennsylvania.  The region is broken down into five (5) markets including Eastern, Central, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western markets.  The geographic region is predominantly rural, with the exception of several urban centers including Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester.  Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo serve as the tertiary VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) and provide surgical and other specialty care support to both the Bath and Canandaigua VAMCs (secondary care centers).  VISN 2 medical centers are affiliated with numerous colleges and universities in upstate New York.  Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo serve as the tertiary Medical Centers and provide surgical and other specialty care support to both the Bath and Canandaigua VAMCs (secondary care centers).

The mission of VISN 2 is to care for our Veterans with compassion and excellence, and our strategic vision is to be the health provider of choice for our Veterans, while achieving the highest quality in health care delivery, education, and research.  The Network's strategic priorities not only focus on providing exceptional patient care, but also exceptional customer service.  The Network embraces open communication with Veterans and their families, staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders; and is committed to working in partnership with labor partners, Veterans' services organizations, and the community.

VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a Pay Band 1 position.  The salary for this position is capped at $179,700.

A recruitment/relocation incentive of up to 25% per year for three years may be offered.

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

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


  • 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 Veterans Integrated Service Network Director (VISN) is responsible to the Under Secretary for Health, through the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Health. The Director has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and operations of a VISN, which is an integrated health care system established across a broad geographic area.  This network serves veteran beneficiaries with multiple components or facilities that support primary, secondary, and tertiary care.  Focuses on the primary VISN goals of integrating ambulatory services with acute and long term inpatient services and achieving the greatest possible health care value for the allocated resources provided.  Establishes a formal structure to ensure input from internal and external stakeholders.  Responsible for managing a network structure that is consistent with the core values outlined by the Under Secretary for Health in the areas of patient care, quality, flexibility, efficiency, and responsiveness.  Establishes and maintains effective and harmonious relationships with local communities, Veteran organizations, civic, professional and other similar organizations and with other hospitals, medical schools and medical programs in the area.  These duties are geared toward successful accomplishment of the basic patient care and/or veteran’s benefits missions, as well as additional missions such as teaching and/or research.   


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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



• Creativity and Innovation

• Resilience



•  Conflict Management

•  Team Building



•  Accountability

•  Problem Solving



•  Financial Management

•  Human Capital Management



•  Partnering

•  Influencing/Negotiating


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.


Burnestine James
Phone: (202)461-5349
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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