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Job Title:  Health System Trainee (Pathways Intern) -formerly GHATP Resident
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VR-1046236 MP-14-28 (GS)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$43,640.00 to $56,732.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 07, 2014 to Friday, March 07, 2014
Full Time - Internships
1 vacancy in the following location:
Long Beach, CA View Map
Pathways GHATP Program Eligibles
Not Applicable


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1046236

OUR MISSION: 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?1046236

This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program.  The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.  The Internship provides manager's a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.  It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion.  For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit

This vacancy announcement is not accepting online applications. Interested applicants please see schedule/locations below where a VISN 22 representative will be accepting applications


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Be at least 16 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement).
  • Accepted for/Currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution.
  • Must be willing to relocate.


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Claremont Graduate University: February 18, 2014, 4:00PM-6:00PM. CGU Campus School of Community & Global Health 2nd Floor Large Conference Room

University of California- Irvine: February 20, 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM UCI Campus- Social Ecology 1 Building, Room 138.

California State University- Long Beach: February 21, 2014, 9:00am-10am CSULB Campus-HHS1- 100.

University of California- Los Angeles: February 21, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm UCLA Campus- Friedman 12-407 MDCC Room.

University of Southern California: February 21, 2014: 11:30AM-1:00pm. USC Campus - 307 RGL Building.

California State University- Northridge: March 4, 2014: 2:00pm-4:00pm. Room JD 2528.

San Diego State University: March 5, 2014: 12:00 noon to 2:00PM. Hepner Hall, Room 132.


VHA's Administrative Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP) supplements the didactic component of health services administration graduate programs with opportunities for applying knowledge gained through coursework. Through this program, VA provides in-hospital experiences for students receiving their master's degree in the health care management/administration field.

During the experience, the resident/fellow will rotate through various departments of the five medical centers located within the Network. The resident/fellow will also have opportunities to complete rotations through other components of the health system offering access to academically-affiliated medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, domiciliaries, long-term care services, electronic health record system, research centers, telehealth programs, and/or external rotations (such as Veterans Benefits Administration, or a neighboring non-VA health care facility). After completing these rotations, the resident/fellow will complete a diverse range of management tasks and projects in the resident's/fellow's areas of interest, as well as in areas of the organization's needs. These assignments are an integral part of the residency/fellowship aimed at equipping the resident/fellow with the necessary competencies of an effective healthcare administrator. Areas of interest that may be explored include (but are not limited to): operations management, project management, finance management, quality management, information systems management, medical management, human resources management and research administration. The incumbent will report to the Network Operations Officer, and will be precepted by the Network Director. The incumbent will also work closely with the other officials in the healthcare system and the senior leadership teams at the Five VA medical centers within the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network. The incumbent will have the opportunity to attend senior management and network executive board meetings, morning reports, conferences, and more.

***This position is in the Excepted Service and is expected to last one year. Upon completion of the Pathways requirements incumbent may be converted to a permanent (career/career-conditional) or term position. Conversion is not guranteed***



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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by September 30, 2014.

The selected resident must be able to complete 320 hours of the VHA GHATP Administrative Internship before graduation. After graduation, the GHATP Intern is expected to work full time to complete the one-year GHATP Internship.

1. Graduate of a CAHME-, CEPH-, AACSB-, ACBSP-, AUPHA or NASPAA- accredited MHA, MHSA, MPH, MBA, MPA, or other Health Care Management / Administration Degree program. Note: You must have graduated within the last two years. Six years of eligibility for Veterans precluded from being a recent graduate due to military service obligations provided that the individual meets the definition of "Veteran" under 5 U.S.C 2108. NOTE: MBA and MPA graduates must have a minimum of 2 graduate Master's courses in Health Care Administration.

2. Applicants must provide a copy of their resume, two letters of recommendation (One must be from your Program Director, and one professional reference), and a copy of their unofficial graduate transcript.

3. Must be a current student, who has completed one (1) full year of gradaute classes.

4. Must maintain a half-time or full-time schedule in Master's program.

3. If selected, incumbent must sign a Pathways Intern agreement which outlines specific training requirements, and conversion requirements.

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

1.Knowledge of basic health care management principles, practices, and techniques

2.Strong communication skills, both written and oral

3.Ability to use methods for conducting studies and gathering qualitative and quantitative data

4.Ability to manage projects/programs achieving milestones and meeting deadlines

5.Systems-thinking ability

6.Involvement in professional associations/community involvement

7.GPA greater than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale preferred

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


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 DD214(s) 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.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified during the review process.  If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.
Note: If selected for a Temporary Appointment (i.e. an appointment limited to one year or less):

You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are:
     •  serving under an appointment limited to one year or less and you have not completed at least one year of current continuous employment, excluding any break in service of 5 days or less; or
     •  expected to work less than 6 months in each year.

You are eligible for FEHB coverage if:
     •  your full-time or part-time temporary appointment has a regular tour of duty and follows a position in which you were insured, with a break in service of no more than 3 days;
     •  you are a Presidential appointee appointed to fill an unexpired term;or
     •  your appointment follows, with a break in service of no more than 3 days, a position in which you were insured.



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


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HOW TO APPLY: As noted above, This announcement will NOT accept online applications. Applications must be taken in person to one of the above listed sites/times and turned in for consideration.


To apply for this position, you must attend one of job application sessions listed below:

Locations and times where applications will be accepted:

Claremont Graduate University: February 18, 2014, 4:00PM-6:00PM. CGU Campus School of Community & Global Health 2nd Floor Large Conference Room

University of California- Irvine: February 20, 2014, 11:00AM-12:00PM UCI Campus- Social Ecology 1 Building, Room 138.

California State University- Long Beach: February 21, 2014, 9:00am-10am CSULB Campus-HHS1- 100.

University of California- Los Angeles: February 21, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm UCLA Campus- Friedman 12-407 MDCC Room.

University of Southern California: February 21, 2014: 11:30AM-1:00pm. USC Campus - 307 RGL Building.


You must submit the following documents at one of the above sessions:

1. Resume

2. Two (2) letters of recommendation. (One from Program Director)

3. Copy of unofficial graduate transcript.

4. DD-214/ Service Connected Disability Letter- Veterans Only.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


Grant D. Sloan
Phone: (562)826-5651
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network
300 Oceangate Suite 700
Long Beach, CA


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address notifying them of their application status.  If no e-mail address is provided, you will receive this notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Those candidates who are referred to the hiring official for further consideration will be contacted if an interview is requested.  Once a selection has been made and confirmed, all non-selected candidates will be notified of their non-selection.

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