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Job Title:Physician, Chief of Pathology and Laboratory

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:ML-14-980685

SALARY RANGE:

$130,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 to Thursday, October 30, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0602-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
East Orange, NJ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 980685

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?

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips.  Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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

Relocation/Recruitment incentive MAY be authorized upon review and approval by management.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This position will be required to split time and travel between the East Orange and Lyons campuses on a regular basis. 

This vacancy is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • 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

DUTIES:

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VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) is looking for a Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (Chief, PLMS), to provide administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service.   VANJHCS is an integrated system consisting of two Veterans Health Administration facilities located in East Orange and Lyons, New Jersey and also has ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located throughout the state.  The CBOCs are located in Brick , Elizabeth , Hackensack , Hamilton , Jersey City , Morristown , Newark , Paterson , Piscataway , and Tinton Falls. For Fiscal Year 2011, VANJHCS treated 58,399 Veterans, including 634,329 outpatient visits and 5,281 inpatients.  VANJHCS is affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and provides education to over 400 trainees annually, including medical students, pathology residents, nursing students, and social work interns.  

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service offers inpatient and outpatient lab sampling associated with an extensive menu of clinical laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. Additionally, PLMS is involved in educational activities throughout the medical center including interdisciplinary seminars, tumor boards, and autopsy conferences. 

Also, the Service is actively involved in the training of medical students, residents, and other health-related professionals.  Residents from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Pathology Residency Program rotate through Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at VA New Jersey.  Medical students from UMDNJ attend didactic conferences that include teaching by PLMS staff.  Students from the Medical Technology program rotate through the clinical laboratories for training.  A number of PLMS employees have faculty appointments at various area Universities/Medical Schools for lecturing and meeting purposes.

DUTIES:

The Chief, PLMS provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the PLMS to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals and applicable performance measures.   The Chief, PLMS is accountable for the delivery of all health care by the PLMS staff.   The Chief, PLMS is responsible for developing a plan for the delivery of health services to patients and assessing that those health care services are consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veterans Health Administration.  Additionally, the Chief, PLMS establishes an environment within the service that promotes optimum patient care.  The Chief, PLMS participates in top-level decision making and policy design that impacts on PLMS through collaboration with Medical Center administration, other service chiefs, and interdepartmental Supervisors.  The Chief, PLMS directs health care programs, delegating authority, and responsibility to meet both the medical center and service goals.  The Chief, PLMS is responsible for the fiscal management of the department including budget planning and management.  The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff. 

He/She is an integral part of the key leadership team of the medical center.  The Chief, PLMS is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in his/her specialty field.  The Chief, PLMS ensures practice-based learning and improvement, demonstrates ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care and delivery of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine services.  The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients and profession.  The successful candidate demonstrates an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to improve and optimize health care.

Physical Standards/Requirements: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

Requirements for Chief Grade:

Meet the requirements for Senior Grade (past or present faculty appointment in an approved medical school; completion of an accredited residency in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area; current eligibility to sit for the board certification examination in the specialty area to which the individual is being assigned or in a related area; or comparable achievements in clinical, educational, administrative or research activities) plus attainment of additional recognition in clinical, administrative or research areas. Such recognition may be demonstrated by:

(1) Certification by an American Specialty Board, or

(2) Significant accomplishments in clinical practice, educational activities, research, or administration which clearly distinguish the physician as having the highest professional qualifications in the specialty area to which assigned, such as:

   (a) Past or present faculty appointment at the professional level in an approved medical school, or

   (b) Completion of an accredited residency in the primary specialty area or in a related area to which the individual will be assigned and unusual professional accomplishment such as:

      1. Publication of articles in nationally recognized professional journals, or

      2. Officer in a State or National professional medical organization, or

      3. Directorship of a hospital or large clinic.

Preferred Experience:

  • Management Degree: Such as MBA, MPH, or MHA
  • Specialty: Board certification in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology is preferred
  • Research: Academic appointment and research experience with publications in peer-reviewed journals


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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. 


BENEFITS:

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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.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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All applicants are encouraged to apply online but may apply via Fax as outlined below. You may also express your interest, obtain additional information about the position, or seek application assistance by emailing your C.V. to matthew.larimer@va.gov

If you are applying for this position online or by fax, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 30, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire.
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/OF306.pdf ).
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required)

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 980685.

2. Fax your documents to1-478-757-3144.

If you are unable to apply online by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 30, 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.

VA New Jersey Health Care System Employees Only:

If you cannot submit your application using one of the options listed above, you may personally submit by hand your application package to:


VA New Jersey Health Care System
Human Resources (05LY)
151 Knollcroft Road, Building 1
Lyons, NJ 07939
Phone: 908-647-0180 ext. 5040

PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR MAIL ANY APPLICATION PACKAGES TO THE VA NJ HEALTH CARE SYSTEM (THESE PACKAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Matthew Larimer
Phone: (908)647-0180x5488
Email: MATTHEW.LARIMER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA New Jersey HCS
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ
07939

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.


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Job Announcement Number:

ML-14-980685

Control Number:

353731800