Job Overview


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.


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.