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. 

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

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is categorized as a Tertiary Care Level 1,  facility affiliated teaching hospital, and research center.  It is classified as a VHA Complexity Level 1c medical center.  The facility serves a veteran population residing in 33 eastern Iowa counties, 16 western Illinois counties, 16 western Illinois counties and one northern Missouri county.  ICVAHCS has nine community based outpatient clinics throughout our coverage area.

The medical center has 83 acute care beds that are divided among medical, surgical, and psychiatric services.  The medical center has eight operating rooms, a ten-bed medical/surgical intensive care unit and a 15-bed mental health acute care unit.  The ICVAHCS currently employs 1,830 professionals who provide primary and specialty care for our veterans and administrative services.   ICVAHCS is one of five national VA Kidney transplant centers.

During the past five years the VA has constructed a 60,000 square foot research facility on campus.  Currently, there are 71 active VA funded research projects and 250 active non-VA funded research protocols.  ICVAHCS is the site of one of three VA Rural Health Resource Centers. Also, it is the Center of Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) which focuses on rural health, telehealth and e-health strategies, patient-centered behavioral and self-management interventions, nursing health research, and evidence-based infection prevention.

ICVAHCS is committed to providing the highest quality of care to veterans.  To help accomplish this goal, the facility, has an active Performance Improvement Program that works closely with their Health Care Research and Development program to develop innovative ways to improve quality of care.

VA structures its SES positions into pay bands.  This is a pay band 1 position and the salary range is $119,554-179,700.  Exceptions to the salary cap may be considered in certain circumstances.

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



The Iowa City VA Health Care System Director, is responsible to the VA Midwest Health Care Network, ( VISN 23) Director. The position requires the effective and economical direction, control, and operation of the Iowa City VA Health Care System. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Overall responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, controlling, reviewing, evaluating and improving medical, administrative and supporting operations of a health care system which administers a variety of medical care and treatment for a large rural geographical area covering more than 50 counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois and northern Missouri.

High level leadership, oversight and responsibility for developing a vision which has a direct and substantial effect on the health care organization and programs.  This includes decision making responsibilities relating to affecting the nature, scope and quality of, and emphasis in, the system’s patient care programs and activities. Delegates authority as appropriate and holds the organization as well as leadership responsible and accountable for the performance of the product lines and services. Exercises senior management level supervisory responsibilities.

Provides opportunities for union leadership and management to engage in active collaboration regarding mission goals and their impact on union members to include complaints and grievances, and ensures managers and supervisors are actively involved with negotiated agreement issues.  The incumbent deals with personnel management policy matters affecting the facility, involving such matters as: initiating appropriate personnel actions when appropriate; resolving differences between key management officials in the system; and identifying and resolving problems which may inhibit accomplishing the patient care mission and public policy objectives.

Provides high level oversight and final approval of fiscal year plans that meet the objectives of current and proposed programs; develops a balanced financial plan designed to meet realistic needs of the facility and the network; allocates available resources to provide the best possible patient care in line with established priorities; protects the integrity of the budget, position management, classification and other processes to ensure compliance with existing statutes. 

A large portion of the work involves making decisions and determination for which there are no written precedents.  In the multitude of professional and administrative matters involved, consistent use of sound management judgment is required.  In order to operate effectively in this position, the Director must demonstrate health system administration skills and maturity of judgment reflecting significant leadership experience at a highly responsible level in a comparable health care environment.

Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters a culture of excellence through organizational learning, commitment, cooperation, and teamwork. 

Experienced at creating a culture of continuous improvement by developing a change ready environment that enables managers and executives to lead successfully ongoing change implementation.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
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Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
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