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Job Title:  Health System Administrator (Medical Center Director)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-13-966738-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
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 to Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Wilmington, DE 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. 

The Wilmington VA Medical Center (WVAMC) in Wilmington, DE, is part of the VA Healthcare Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 4, which includes nine other VA facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with Wilmington servicing approximately 27,000 Veterans annually.  Inpatient workload is approximately 22,000 bed days for 1,500 patients.  Outpatient care exceeds 240,000 visits per year and is provided at the Wilmington facility and five (5) Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).  

WVAMC's 120 bed inpatient facility offers internal medicine, surgery, and nursing home beds.  The WVAMC is classified as a Clinical Referral Level 2 facility.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care as well as medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, women's health and extended care.  Major specialties include medicine and surgery.  Subspecialties include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, urology, thoracic and vascular surgery.  WVAMC is also a certified community Cancer Center.             

The WVAMC employs 910 full time equivalent employees with an annual budget exceeding $181 million.  Wilmington has 17 buildings and 479,725 square feet of owned space and 59,925 square feet in usable leased space.  The medical center also recently activated a mobile clinic to provide primary care and outreach services.  A VBA Regional Office is located on the Wilmington campus, offering Veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and readjustment counseling in one location.     

WVAMC has three (3) major medical school affiliations (Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Temple University) supporting medicine, surgery, dermatology, urology, dental, psychiatry and ophthalmology.  There are more than 30 allied affiliations that support programs in optometry, nursing, dental technology, dietetics, social work and pharmacy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a Pay Band 2 position.  The salary range for this position is $119,554 -$173,600.  Exceptions to the salary cap may be authorized.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs, a recruitment/relocation incentive, and/or Appraised Value Offer (AVO) (formerly Guaranteed Home Buyout Option) may be authorized.




  • 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 Health System Administrator (Medical Center Director) is responsible to the VISN 4 Network Director.  The position requires the effective and economical direction, control, and operation of the Wilmington VA Medical Center (WVAMC).  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Provides full delegated line authority and responsibility for executive level management of the Wilmington VA Medical Center.  Overall responsibility for planning, organizing, coordinating, controlling, reviewing, evaluating, and improving medical, administrative, and support operations of the medical facility.
  • Makes final decisions which have a direct and substantial impact on the healthcare organization and programs.  Such decisions affect the nature, scope, and quality of patient care programs and activities.
  • Establishes WVAMC policy and procedure consistent with the VISN 4, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and VA corporate guidelines.
  • Determines program goals and objectives and develops short-range and long-range plans for achieving strategic direction consistent with VISN 4, VHA and VA Strategic, Performance and Operating goals.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with other Federal government agencies, local and state governments, community organizations and other health care providers in WVAMC's catchment.
  • Fosters positive relations with the news media, Congressional staff, service organizations, and volunteer groups.
  • As the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the WVAMC, the Director has important motivational and executive leadership responsibilities with respect to planning, directing, reviewing, evaluating, and improving the EEO and other special employment initiatives required by statute, regulations, and policy.




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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



•  External Awareness

•  Resilience



•  Developing Others

•  Team Building



•  Accountability

•  Technical Credibility



•  Financial Management

•  Human Capital Management



•  Political Savvy

•  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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