Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Staff (Physician) in Albany, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albany, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 9/13/2016 (43 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 9/12/2017 (321 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1798700

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.**

This vacancy is for the Chief of Staff (Physician) position at the Albany Stratton VAMC. This vacancy will be used to fill one full-time permanent appointment. Functional Statement for the position is Albany VAMC Chief of Staff, #F9276.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

A recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.

Position may be filled prior to the closing date. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks. If filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.

For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


The Stratton VA Medical Center opened in 1951 and serves Veterans in 22 counties of upstate

New York, Western Massachusetts, and Vermont. The Medical Center is part of VA Health Care Upstate New York and is located in Albany, the capital of New York State. The Medical Center provides primary care, wellness and preventive outpatient care, and comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary inpatient care in medicine, plus a full range of outpatient services. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. As an acute medical-surgical hospital, the Center also serves as a regional head and neck cancer care referral center, having and active Otolaryngology Service, Radiation Therapy Center with stereotactic radiosurgery/IMRT capability, and Medical Oncology and Hematology Services. The Medical Center employs over 1500 employees; has approximately 350 volunteers, work without compensation (WOC) residents, interns, and students; and is a complexity level 1C facility with enhanced surgery and work programs. The hospital has multiple residency programs including dental, pharmacy, and medical doctors and incorporates health professional students from multiple area colleges, technical schools, and hospitals as well as Fellowships, Internships, and the Volunteer Program to facilitate care and provide continuum medical prospects for future staffing.


The incumbent functions as a key member of the senior leadership team, actively participating in the development of overall management objectives and philosophies necessary for the attainment of optimum efficiency in providing health care to our Veteran population. The incumbent effectively leads the clinical staff to achieve the facility mission and goals. The incumbent is accountable and responsible to the Medical Center Director for the coordination of clinical activities, clinical staff, and administrative oversight. The incumbent monitors and ensures medical staff compliance with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, facility policies, Joint Commission (JC) standards, and other appropriate regulations. The incumbent possesses a broad knowledge and understanding of health care policies, missions, and operating programs, and extensive specialized knowledge of health care management. The Chief of Staff develops and maintains good working relationships with affiliates and promotes the professional development of all health care staff.

The incumbent promotes standards of clinical competence and conduct for staff which is maintained through compliance with credentialing and privileging processes, monitoring and evaluation of clinical practices, peer review, consideration of clinical performance patterns in clinical privileging, and other appropriate quality improvement activities.

Serves as professional liaison of the facility to other VA and Federal facilities, the community, affiliates, media, congressional offices, and constituent organizations. Maintains and promotes high ethical and clinical standards that are carried into decision-making processes.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet basic requirements listed in this vacancy announcement

Basic Requirements*: *

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • U.S. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States required. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified U.S. Citizens in accordance with VA policy).
  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years management experience
  • History of administrative accomplishments
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organize work with and apply data for management review
  • Clinical leadership and administrative experience at the strategic level
  • Extensive clinical experience in clinical specialty

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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.

Physical Requirements:

The incumbent should be physically and mentally capable to perform the duties of the position. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), bending and reaching.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.**

As a new employee serving on an excepted service appointment in the Federal civil service, you will be required to complete a two year probationary period. This period provides your supervisor with an opportunity to assess your conduct and job performance. Please note that an employee serving on a probationary period may be terminated at any time during this period, with limited appeal rights, for unacceptable job performance or unacceptable conduct

Salary Range: $156,000.00 to $280,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450341300

Job Announcement Number: 528D-16-DAL-1798700-071