Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Staff - Office of the Director in Saint Louis, Missouri

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

Opened Friday 9/16/2016 (40 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/17/2016 (22 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1800756

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 Saint Louis Health Care System is a 2 Campus, full-service tertiary referral center, with 4 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, Providing advanced inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation, as well as over 65 subspecialty areas, including the VA's busiest interventional cardiac program, interventional radiology and radiation oncology.

Working for the VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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. 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 "

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").

The VA offers employees great benefits to include paid vacation and Thrift Savings Plan (similar to 401K) with matching contributions.

You 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.

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.


PRIMARY FUNCTION* : *The function of the St. Louis VAMC Chief of Staff is multifaceted.

  • The Chief of Staff provides Leadership and Organizational Representation by promoting the development of healthcare professionals through counseling, mentoring and teaching; provides an environment that provides patient care, education activity and administrative planning and evaluation based on integration and application of current knowledge.
  • Incumbent takes an active role as a management team member, providing advice and counsel in defining and accomplishing the facility's and VA's mission and goals. Incumbent promotes an effective mix, coordination and support of clinical programs by evaluating current and potential patient population needs, clinical workload and resources, special program mandates and cost/benefit analyses, making recommendations to the facility director and ensuring implementation of approved clinical proposals.
  • Promotes standards of clinical competence and conduct for staff which are maintained through: compliance with credentialing and privileging processes, monitoring and evaluation of clinical practice, peer review, consideration of clinical performance patterns in clinical privileging and other appropriate quality improvement activities.
  • Creates an environment of system oriented continuous quality improvement, within which programs and quality of care effectiveness are evaluated
  • Effectively integrates the needs of the affiliation relationship with Saint Louis University and Washington University with patient care needs at the facility; ensures effective supervision of non-resident trainees, and of residents.
  • Evaluates all teaching programs to determine effectiveness in meeting program goals, facility and patient needs, and appropriateness of the organization and administration of the programs.

Facility/Area Information*: *The VA St. Louis Health Care System is a two-division tertiary care facility providing inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, Spinal Cord Injury, and rehabilitation, as well as 65 subspecialty areas. There are 218 hospital operating beds, a 71 bed Community Living Center, a 50 bed Rehabilitation Domiciliary for Homeless Veterans and a 25 bed Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program. This medical center services veterans and their families in east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois. The John Cochran Division is located in midtown St. Louis and is in close proximity to its affiliated medical schools, Saint Louis University and Washington University. It houses the medical center's operative surgical capabilities, the ambulatory care unit, and a six-story Clinical Addition that includes the surgical facilities, intensive care units, and the clinical laboratory. The Jefferson Barracks Division is a multi-building complex situated in south St. Louis County. It provides psychiatric treatment, regional spinal cord injury treatment, a nursing home care unit, geriatric health care, outpatient clinic, rehabilitation services, a domiciliary for homeless veterans and a newly opened Fisher House. VA St. Louis utilizes an electronic medical record. This medical center also maintains Community Based Outpatient Clinics in St. Charles, MO, Belleville, IL, Washington, MO, north St. Louis County, and at the Missouri Vet Home in St. Louis, MO.

Work Schedule: (Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. However, physicians are on call 24/7.

Functional Statement Title/#:Chief of Staff

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation / Recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates
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.


  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an 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 completed.
  • First-Year Residency (Internship). Completed a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Licensure: Must have a current, full, unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (e.g. Puerto Rico) of the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Must pass a pre-employment medical examination, which may include drug testing.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d)
  • Board certification or its equivalent, unless waived by the Chief Medical Director.
  • Extensive clinical experience and an understanding of the relationship between various patient care providers
  • History of successful administrative accomplishments
  • Leadership traits that demonstrate the courage of convictions, patience, and an ability to work with others
  • Emotional and physical stamina appropriate to the position
  • Competence in basic management skills

Preferred Experience: Previous VA Chief of Staff experience preferred.


Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, 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: include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently: lifting of up to 10 lbs., sitting (4 hours), standing (2 hours), walking (2 hours), bending/stooping (1 hour), twisting (1/2 hour), simple grasping (4 hours), fine manipulation (6 hours), reaching above the shoulder (1/2 hour), and operating machinery (1/2 hour).

For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

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.

Salary Range: $150,000.00 to $300,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement is for US Citizens - Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2

Control Number: 450425200

Job Announcement Number: STL-16-T38-KeH-1800756