Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Deputy Chief of Staff in Sacramento, California

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

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a high quality candidate.

"Open Until Filled" through 12/30/16 with an initial first cut-off date of 11/1/16. Additional applicants will be referred as requested by the Chief of Staff.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is an integrated health care delivery system, offering a comprehensive array of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and extended care to Veterans in Northern California. The health system is comprised of a medical center in Sacramento; a rehabilitation and extended care facility in Martinez; outpatient clinics in Martinez, Fairfield, Oakland, Sacramento, McClellan, Redding, Chico, Yuba City and Vallejo; a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Oakland; and dental clinics in Vallejo, Sacramento, and Redding.

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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.

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

Bargaining Unit Position: No

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt


The Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) is an active member of the Leadership Team for VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS), and directly reports to the Chief of Staff. The DCOS collaborates with Executive Leadership in developing and implementing organizational goals for VANCHCS which includes 10 sites of operation; Sacramento Medical Center, McClellan, Martinez, Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Mare Island, Fairfield, Oakland, Yreka, and a future site at Alameda Pointe.

The DCOS will be an active participant in fulfilling the mission and strategic plan of VANCHCS. S/he will be expected to provide leadership and direction for all service chiefs, clinical care leaders and providers, and administrative support staff throughout VANCHCS. The DCOS is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, managing, and refining comprehensive health care operations. The DCOS will provide technical counsel, when necessary, to meet clinical, procedural, legal, and administrative requirements of the health care system. S/he will collaborate with clinical and administrative services in order to ensure quality and safety of patient care to support the clinical operations and meet regulatory guidelines.

The DCOS will provide leadership for patient-centered care, specifically Veteran-centered care, and other medical center initiatives. S/he will participate in various task groups, committees, and councils that address health care operations at the local, Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN), and national Veterans Health Administration (VHA) levels.

Specific Duties and Expectations Supervises and Mentors ACOS, Service Chiefs, or other clinical leaders in the following services; Audiology, Education (ACOS and DLO), Clinical Informatics, Social Work, Workplace Violence Prevention Coordinator, and the Administrative Officer for Chief of Staff Office.

Chairs or Co-chairs multiple committees and councils to assist in the completion of organizational goals and regulations including; Medical Executive Council, Access Committee, Consult Management Committee, Biennial Medical & Dental Council, Workforce Development Council.

Participate on other committees or councils including; Executive Management Board, Executive Quality Board, Academic Affiliations Committee, Management Budget Briefings, Position Management Board, Executive Space Committee, Director's Brown Bag, Network Leadership Forum, Performance Measures Meetings, Peer Review Committee, Organizational Steering Committee, and other committees as assigned by COS.

Provide executive review and concurrence on policy statements, suspense items, and issue briefs that make an impact at the local, VISN, and VHA level of the organization.

Robustly participate in the LEAN initiatives of the organization including; become eligible for Green Belt Certification, acting as Executive Sponsor, completing Gemba walks and Executive Walkabouts throughout all sites of care, supporting the Office of Organizational Improvement, and identifying areas for continuous improvement.

Maintain and serve in a clinical area with clinical time allocation as negotiated with the Chief of Staff. -Administrative component is expected to range from 60% to 80%.

May be required to serve as acting for other Clinical Service Chiefs.

May be eligible to maintain an academic appointment at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

Submitting your CV/Resume using USA Staffing is not mandatory – you may instead choose to send your CV/Resume via email directly to Crystal Keeler, Physician Recruiter, at**.

*Drug Testing: *This is a testing designated position. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. Applicants who test positive for illegal use of drugs will not be appointed.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Between VA Northern California HCS sites and VISN or VACO as required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:


  1. Must be United States Citizen. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.)

  2. English Language Proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English

  3. Education - Degree of doctor of medicine or equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was complete.

  4. Licensure - Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.


  1. Must be Board Eligible/Board Certified Physician in any specialty recognized by the ABMS.

  2. Demonstrates significant and progressive leadership, mentorship, and management experience in a tertiary care environment.

  3. Demonstrates strong health care operations and planning experience.

  4. Demonstrates experience with LEAN and system redesign principles- preferably Green or Black Belt Certified.

  5. Ability to promote innovation, inspire organizational excellence, be able to build teams, coach clinical leaders, and engage the workforce.

  6. Demonstrates knowledge of VHA and other accrediting bodies' standards and regulations.

  7. Ability to provide and model strong ethical character and professional conduct.


Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resource Office.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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 will be asked to produce a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of telephone/computers, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activity.

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 DD-214(s), SF-15 (as applicable) 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. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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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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Whether you're interested in academics, research, or a better work/life balance, you'll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you'll get from caring for those who have served our country. Below is a host of information covering health benefits to VA Pension (FERS), feel free to call me should you have any questions.


  • 26 days paid vacation (1 day accrued each pay period upon employment)

  • 13 days sick leave (1/2 day accrued each pay period upon employment, no cap)

  • 10 paid Federal holidays

  • Competitive Salary

  • Malpractice protection covered by the Federal government

  • Annual Physician Performance Pay

  • Market Pay reviewed biennially for possible increase

Other Information

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.

Salary Range: $140,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Current Permanent Federal Employees

Control Number: 453585000

Job Announcement Number: 612-17-CDK-1827066-DCOS