Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician-Chief, Primary Care Service 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 Thursday 8/25/2016 (56 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (71 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1786267

The Department of Veteran 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, 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 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 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.

For Positions Covered in the Bargaining Unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (lump sum upon appointment with minimum 3-year service obligation) may be available for highly qualified candidates or candidates may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), up to $120,000 depending on the amount verified qualifying debt balance and funding availability. Eligibility to apply for EDRP does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Approval of EDRP awards are subject to the availability of funding and other qualifying factors.

"OPEN UNTIL FILLED" with initial cut-off and referral of candidates on 9/15/2016. Additional candidates will be referred as requested by the Selecting Official.


VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) is seeking a CHIEF OF PRIMARY CARE SERVICE to join the Chief of Staff and the Executive Leadership team in leading the Health Care System in fulfilling its mission as a Primary Care Center of Excellence.

The Chief will be expected to provide leadership and direction for the primary care providers, other clinical care providers, clinical leaders and administrative support staff in Primary Care throughout VANCHCS. The Chief is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, managing, and refining a comprehensive patient management, clinical support, and administrative program which provides services and technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal, and administrative requirements relating to the care and treatment of outpatients to achieve maximum utilization of patient care resources in a cost-effective, efficient, and timely manner.

The Chief of Primary Care oversees all Primary Care operations at all VANCHCS clinics: Sacramento (Mather), McClellan, Martinez, Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Mare Island, Fairfield, Oakland, Yreka, and a future site at Alameda Pointe. The Chief is responsible for promoting PACT principles, monitoring completion of performance measures, completing OPPE/FPPE for credentialed staff, monitoring and addressing patient satisfaction scores, and conducting strategic planning for each site.

The Chief of Primary Care reports directly to the Chief of Staff, and supervises the Nurse lead for Primary Care, Administrative lead for Primary Care, and Administrative Officer for Primary Care. The Chief will be expected to work closely with primary care clinical leadership at each VANCHCS site and collaborate with other clinical and administrative leadership.

The Chief will serve as a representative on MEC, Peer Review, PACT steering committee, Professional Standards Board, Leadership Forum, and relevant VISN committees.

The Chief is expected to manage a personal panel of patients commensurate with clinical time allocation negotiated with the Chief of Staff.

The Chief also works closely with QM and is expected to support and be actively involved in systems redesign initiatives, to meet or exceed Joint Commission requirements, and to actively work on the establishment on policies and procedures.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 40 hour work week

Drug Testing: This is a test 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
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.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • Must be US Citizen.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • 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: It is preferred that the candidate have clinical and administrative experience in Primary Care.

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: 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.

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.

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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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

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.**

Salary Range: $120,000.00 to $255,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and current permanent Ferderal employees

Control Number: 448690200

Job Announcement Number: 612-16-CDK-1786267