Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (FBX) in Fairbanks, Alaska

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Fairbanks, AK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 9/19/2016 (34 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1805796

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?

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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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.

NOTE:The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive MAY be authorized upon review and approval by management.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is currently 5.57% and is subject to change in the future.

This position is open until filled. Qualified applicants will be referred as they are received. This position may be filled prior to the closing date of this announcement.


The Physician Assistant in the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) in Fairbanks, AK will work in the Fairbanks Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)providing outpatient care to eligible Veteran patients who present with urgent/chronic medical conditions. Provides age-specific care for young adults (age 20-40 years), middle adult (age 40-65), older adults (age 65-74), and geriatric patients (over 75) and may provide interim coverage for primary care providers during absences. The Physician Assistant will have a collaborating physician who will provide appropriate clinical oversight and consultation. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participate in Compensation & Pension Examination Service.

  • Participate in Primary Care meetings.

  • Participate in performance improvement activities, to include joint improvement activities and initiatives with the Veterans Benefits Administration Anchorage Service Center.

  • Work collaboratively with the Quality Management Service to ensure processes are in place to meet standards and that supportive elements such as Periodic Performance Review and tracer activities are in place as necessary.

  • This position may subject the incumbent to exposure to blood borne pathogens and other potentially infectious materials.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/000000

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.


  • U.S. Citizenship.

  • The candidate must meet the following Education requirements: (1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; AND (2) A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA).

  • Meet the physicial requirements for this position as specified in VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 USC 7402(d).

Preferred Experience: If not licensed in the State of Alaska as a Physician Assistant (PA), must obtain licensure prior to offiicial offer and entrance on duty date. Minimum of two (2) years of practice as a PA. ACLS/BLS/PALS may be required prior to official offer and entrance on duty date.

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G8, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated November 2014.

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: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling (1 hour); Pushing (1 hour); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (6 hours); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/mental stability.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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 checklistor visit

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. For more information, see

Salary Range: $76,667.00 to $118,515.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450999800

Job Announcement Number: VT-16-TYS-18005796-BU