Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant - Oncology in Fargo, North Dakota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Fargo, ND
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 7/22/2016 (89 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1757929

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.

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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

First cut-off 8/8/2016. After this date, candidates will be referred as received.

Recruitment incentive is authorized for highly qualified candidates.

This is a multi-disciplinary position that is also announced as a Nurse Practitioner on USAJOBS at this link:


The Hematology/Oncology Physician Assistant (PA) is well developed advanced knowledge and skills in the assessment and acute care management of patients and families within the hematology and oncology clinical populations. Serves as an expert physician assistant, executing position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. The individual works in collaboration with the Oncology providers and staff and is primarily responsible for timely initial evaluation and management of patients referred for specialty consultation due to their disease status as well as patients needing urgent intervention.

The PA collaborates with medical staff, unit managers and all care giving disciplines to plan and coordinate care of patients and families throughout the episode of illness and across the continuum of care settings, utilizing resources to maximize the health care benefits to maximize the health care benefits to patients in a cost effective manner. Additionally, the PA provides formal and informal instruction for clinicians, support staff, patients and families.

The PA uses advanced knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and clinical care processes to identify opportunities and develop guidelines to improve the quality of care, change practice and reduce costs in collaboration with physicians. The PA adheres to the requirements set forth by the state of licensure, in addition to compliance with organizational policies and procedures. Prefer prior experience in Hematology/Oncology.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.

Preferred Experience: Preferred prior experience in Hematology/Oncology.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Revie Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and 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.
  • Certification. Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) are eligible for appointment not to exceed two years in order to obtain certification.
  • Physical. Applicants must complete a pre-employment physical and meet physical standards of the position.
  • English Language Proficiency. PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).

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.

*Grade Determinations. *In addition to the basic requirements stated in paragraph 2 above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. For each grade, applicant's level of clinical proficiency, professional development, ethics, interpersonal skills, research, and management/administrative will be taken into consideration - as well as the following:

*Full Grade (GS-9). *None beyond the basic requirements noted above.

Intermediate Grade (GS-11).1 year of professional practice as a PA; or successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Senior Grade (GS-12). 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Master's degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or a Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.

Chief Grade (GS-13). Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas above after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and, the minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G8. Physician Assistant Qualification Standard dated 9/5/2014. 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling intermittent hours; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing 8 hours; occasional kneeling; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; specific visual correction to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); and mental/emotional stability.

Security Clearance


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.

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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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience 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.

Salary Range: $68,517.00 to $117,269.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens).

Control Number: 445410800

Job Announcement Number: VQ-PA-16-328-QL-1757929-BU