Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief of Staff (Physician) in Danville, Illinois

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

Opened Monday 8/22/2016 (61 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1784012

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.

This announcement establishes a standing register of eligible applicants to be considered for this permanent full-time appointment. The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on 11:59 PM (CST) August 26, 2016 and then again every Friday at 11:59 PM (CST) until the closing date of Tuesday, December 30, 2016. All applicants may receive consideration for one year from the date of application. * If you applied to the previous opportunity announcement, HI-16-DL-1689318 you do not need to reapply. *

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.

VAIHCS provides primary care and secondary inpatient services to Veterans residing in central Illinois and west central Indiana. Inpatient services are available in acute Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Community Living Centers provide a skilled care environment with special focus on rehabilitation; dementia and Alzheimer's care; mental health recovery care; palliative care; and extended care. A full range of ambulatory care services is offered including primary care, ambulatory surgery, mental health, substance abuse, and specialty care. The parent facility is located in Danville, Illinois and its five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Peoria, Decatur, Springfield and Mattoon, IL and West Lafayette, IN serve a population of approximately 130,976 Veterans.

VAIHCS has been the leader for VA to adopt the Green House ® Project model. This concept provides a full range of personal care and clinical services that gives priority to the Veteran's quality of life, providing an atmosphere of security, privacy, dignity and companionship in a real home setting. A dedication ceremony was held in 2011 for two homes that will provide a new and innovative approach for Veterans needing a skilled care setting, changing the design of the traditional institutional nursing home setting into a home environment. An additional $9M construction project has been awarded to add two more homes. VAIHCS plan is for 6 homes accommodating 60 Veterans and a community center.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and abilities.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to hhtp:// .

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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 VA Illiana Health Care System is seeking a Chief of Staff with proven executive leadership skills and a record of academic achievement who can lead change and build upon the strengths of our current clinical services. The Chief of Staff (COS) who reports to the Medical Center Director is a full member of the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for providing leadership of the clinical care, with an emphasis on promotion of access to high quality health care for veterans as well as patient safety. As the physician executive, the COS is actively involved in VA IHCS's leadership and management of resources, organizational performance improvement, patient and employee satisfaction, environment of care and strategic planning. In collaboration with the Hospital Director, the Chief of Staff assists in the development, organization, implementation and support of patient care, and medical education of the clinical and allied health services. To carry out these responsibilities, the COS formulates and recommends plans for a comprehensive program of medical care. The COS develops the requirements of staff, facilities, equipment and supplies needed to carry forward such an integrated program, utilizing necessary reviews and controls. Appraise the effectives of the various medical programs in meeting the needs of patient care. The COS develops and maintains current accepted management practices throughout the organization. Communicates directly with the VISN 12 Chief Medical Officer with regard to the quality and coordination of patient care across the continuum and issues related to one standard of care at the facility. The COS may serve on VISN Committees, as well as in other various network assignments.


  • Directs the medical staff governance, by-laws and credentialing and privileging;
  • Ensures all patients receive high quality, efficient, timely and appropriate care with the highest professional and ethical standards and quality of care;
  • Ensures the highest level of performance by Medical Staff members through appropriate delineation of clinical privileges, ongoing performance evaluations, orientation and use of continuous quality improvement practices;
  • In conjunction with affiliated institutions, provides appropriate educational and research setting which will maintain professional standards and continue to improve medical skills and knowledge;
  • Completes performance evaluations of assigned service line managers and clinical service chiefs;
  • Responsible for the standard of medical care and the professional integration of services across service lines;
  • Responsible for driving a culture of improvement.

Credentialing and Privileging

  • Authority and accountability of credentialing and privileging as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff (ECMS);
  • Interprets regulatory and legal issues, monitoring medical staff and other licensed independent practitioner's compliance and quality of practice;
  • Initiates appropriate actions such as discipline, revocation or suspension of all or selected individual privileging.


  • Responsible for the oversight and accountability of all clinical training programs;
  • Ensures continued compliance with accreditation requirements of clinical training programs, including graduate medical education, optometry, podiatry, and other associated health programs;
  • Working relationship with the Medical School Dean and Department Chairs with regard to residents, training of students, faculty appointments, and recruitment of new faculty;
  • Works with service chiefs to effectively integrate affiliation goals and specific requirements for equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week, however, physicians are on call 24/7.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veteran Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to hhtp:// .
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:

a. *Citizenship*. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. *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. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

(4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

c. *Licensure and Registration.*

d. *English Language Proficiency.* Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.

Preferred Experience: Hospital Administration or Supervisory

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.

PLEASE 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. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation from the following web site: 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.

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) before the starting date of the position. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). The ACLS requirement is satisfied by attaining, and maintaining, current status through an approved AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course. No online certifications will be accepted.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.), light carrying (under 15 lbs.), use of fingers, walking 4-8 hours, standing 4-8 hours, near vision correctable at 13” to 16”, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20, hearing (aid permitted), working closely with others, working alone, emotional and mental stability.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. 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. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified," "not eligible," or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. 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

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

The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a two year probationary period.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.

Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Deborah Lewis, Selective Placement Coordinator at (217)554-5969. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

Telework:VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veteran seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. Please visit the Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies document for more information.

Salary Range: $200,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

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

Control Number: 448421000

Job Announcement Number: HI-16-DV-1784012