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Job Title:  Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Director
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VA-SES-14-1104273

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Gilbert, AZ View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Public Trust - Background Investigation


 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 VA Southwest Health Care Network - VISN 18 covers 352,000 square miles of highly diverse geography across Arizona, New Mexico, the Western portion of Texas, and bordering areas in Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Much of the serviced area is rural and highly rural some of which is in extremely high cost areas. The Network Director provides strategic direction, operational oversight, clinical review and financial management across this diverse geographic region, assuring an integrated approach to patient care.

VISN 18 consists of 7 Health Care Systems, 5 hospitals, 6 VA nursing home units, 3 domicillaries, and 42 community based outpatient clinics with more than 10,000 employees servicing more than 247,000 Veteran patients delivered through on-site, telehealth, and technology enhanced models. The number and scope of community based outpatient clinics has steadily increased over the past few years and is scheduled to continue increasing for the next two to three years. In calendar year 2013, VISN 18 maintained more than 1300 inpatient beds and treated 28,000 inpatients annually while supporting 3 million outpatient visits. The budget for FY13 was $1.956 billion with 10,045 FTE.


Network health care services include inpatient acute care, outpatient and primary care, mental health services, psychosocial rehabilitation, geriatrics care, long-term care, diagnostic services, specialized care such as Blind Rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, and Spinal Cord Injury care, general rehabilitation services, prosthetics, and sensory aids. Hospital surgical areas include the use of robotics. Changing Veteran demographics is driving mission changes throughout the network, requiring the need to realign resources to areas of operational growth.



The VISN has three major medical school affiliations, along with specialized programs in opthalmology and osteopathics. There are also agreements to train health care providers specializing in serving highly rural areas. Active affiliations exist in almost all associated health professions. Other training programs such as Graduate Health Administration Training Program and Technical Career Field training is active throughout the network. VISN-wide employee development and leadership training, including scholarships such as NNEI, EDRP, SLRP and Network unique programs such Dollars for Scholars are utlilized. 


VA structures its SES positions into pay bands. This is a Pay Band 1 position. The salary for this position is capped at $181,500.

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


  • 25% or Greater
  • Less than 50%


  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses will 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 Network Director, is responsible to the Under Secretary for Health, through the DUSHOM. The position requires the effective and economical direction, control, and operation of the Southwest Health Care Network (VISN 18).  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


Operation of the network office to provide strategic direction, operational oversight, clinical review, and resources management to the facilities under its direction.


Executive level management of multiple components of the VISN including primary, secondary, and tertiary care medical centers, multi-specialty and sole practitioner clinics, nursing homes, counseling centers, and telehealth services which provide patient care, graduate medical education and research, and DOD contingency support.


 Establishing Network level vision and goals that align with VA's and VHA's strategic plan.

Formulating and implementing major operating plans and policies to be executed by the 10,000+ employees involved in both providing Veteran patient services and analyzing the provision of those services.

Developing and administering a balanced financial and business plan for a multi-billion dollar budget.

Serving as a role model in developing and maintaining supportive working relationships with community organizations, other Federal agencies and branches of government, and Veteran Service Organizations.

Ensuring funding for, and monitoring employee development programs, to ensure a trained workforce to provide services to Veteran patients.



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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

• Strategic Thinking

 • Vision



•  Developing Others

•  Team Building



•  Accountability

•  Customer Service



•  Financial Management

•  Human Capital Management



•  Partnering


B.  Technical Qualification 

Knowledge of mission, organiztion, programs and requirements of health care delivery systems, and the ability to manage and coordinate the financial and clinical management, and the support program operations of a health care delivery network.



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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