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Job Title:Physician (Associate Chief of Staff / Research & Development)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-NV-13-LRi-945267


$130,000.00 to $325,000.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to Wednesday, May 28, 2014




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH View Map


All groups of qualified individuals


Not Applicable




VACANCY ID:  945267









The Cincinnati VA Medical Center (CVAMC) is a dynamic, highly affiliated, two divisional facility, in the heart of a large medical community and is adjacent to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical School, providing many opportunities for clinical collaborations, research and education. 


The CVAMC has a large, vibrant and sophisticated research program, which is unusual for a medical facility of this size.  The Cincinnati VAMC has an active non-profit corporation (NPC) that supports local and national research and educational studies. A formal agreement has been established between the NPC and the Affiliated UC to facilitate the management of grants that involved both institutions.  Our VA Medical Center is also an active partner with UC and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in a NIH – funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  Our VAMC has fully accredited animal (AAALAC) and human (AAHRPP) subject protection programs.


The CVAMC has an opening for one Physician for the position of Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Research and Development. The ACOS reports to the Chief of Staff and is responsible for the scientific and managerial oversight of a variety of research programs spanning  basic, clinical, rehabilitation, health services, and multi-site clinical trials research. He/she serves as an advocate for the various projects, establishing policy in such areas as determining program emphasis and operating guidelines; determining resource needs, allocation; and effective use; identifying and obtaining funding from a variety of sources; dealing with a broad spectrum of factors that impact on the program such as public relations, Congressional relations, public policy stances, and the relationships with other parts of the Health Care System and the Department, other federal agencies and the affiliated medical schools and hospitals. 


Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.


  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.


  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.


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This physician functions as the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R&D) at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. The person in this position is responsible for the scientific and managerial oversight of a variety of research programs spanning health services research and development, rehabilitation research, both basic and clinical laboratory research. Responsible for the assignment of research resources and for the development of administrative and core facilities to support research efforts; research compliance VA and other Federal regulations, policies and directives. Incumbent serves as an advocate for various projects, establishing policy in such areas as determining program emphasis and operating guidelines; setting priorities, determining resources needs, allocating resources and accounting for effective use; identifying and obtaining funds from a variety of sources; dealing with a broad spectrum of factors that impact on the program such as public relations, congressional relations, public policy stances and the relationships with other parts of the Health Care System and the Department, other federal agencies and the affiliated medical schools and hospitals.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The physical requirements of this position include occasional lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion, and stooping.  The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, reading, and logical thinking.  The environment's pace can vary from steady to sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometime noisy environment.  There may be an occasional need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness, and hazardous materials.




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In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:  

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. 
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Preferred Experience: At least one year of specialized experience. Specialized Experience is defined as: working in a research and development program delegating authority to and providing general program direction to subordinate managers, supervisors and team leaders in various administrative and research areas; assignment of research resources and the development of administrative and core facilities to support research efforts; researching compliance with federal regulations, policies and directives; maintaining liaison with affiliated colleges or universities; advising research investigators on administrative, scientific and professional matters; submitting reports and maintaining communications and correspondence required in the administration of a research program; administering research funds. (This evidence must be clearly documented in your resume to be creditable.)

A selecting placement factor has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The selecting placement factor for this position is: the candidate must be a currently funded investigator, have at least 1 year of management experience, and academic qualifications that warrant consideration for a University of Cincinnati appointment.  Experience in the VA is preferred but not mandatory. 

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.  This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.


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 DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) 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.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be reviewed.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. 


In describing your experience, please be clear and specific.  We may not make assumptions regarding your experience. 


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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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

NOTE:  Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. 

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.


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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document



VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf) (required).

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 – Occupational Questionnaire Form) 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is  945267

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, please contact the point of contact listed in the announcement.

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 

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.


Cincinnati Human Resources
Phone: (513)475-6361
Agency Information:
Chief of Staff
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH


After we receive your application material, your experience will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic qualifications of the position.  Your will be notified via email when this decision has been made.


NOTE: If you are selected for this position a number of pre-employment requirements must be met before a final commitment of employment can be made. Two of these requirements, the background check (E-Qip) and Credentialing (VetPro, if required), must be initiated and completed by the applicant within three (3) days of the tentative offer of employment. Failure to complete E-Qip and Credentialing (VetPro) within three (3) calendar days may result in withdrawal of the tentative employment offer.

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