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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-13-SES-1003172-BR

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
Monday, December 02, 2013 to Monday, December 16, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Iowa City, IA View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Not Applicable


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.





  • Occasional Travel
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  • Yes
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  • 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 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.










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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



•  Creativity and Innovation

•  External Awareness

•  Strategic Thinking

•  Vision


•  Leveraging Diversity



•  Accountability

•  Customer Service 


•  Financial Management

•  Human Capital Management



•  Partnering


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.


Barbara Robinson
Phone: (202)461-5329
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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