Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician_Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder (SCI/D)-Service Chief in Denver, Colorado

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

Opened Tuesday 7/26/2016 (90 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1741575 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?

This announcement is open until the position is filled. The first cut-off date will be two weeks after opening date. All applications will be referred at least bi-weekly.

A recruitment/relocation incentive is approved for a highly, qualified individual.

*You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. The final decision on an EDRP award amount is contingent on the availability of EDRP funds. * Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

VA Eastern Colorado HealthCare System (ECHCS) is complexity level 1a and provides a full range of state-of-the-art patient care services. ECHCS provides tertiary care and services to over 72,000 patients and is a major referral center for veterans living in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico. ECHCS serves as an educational and research center, it is highly affiliated with medical and educational institutions. Health Care Services are provided at 15 different geographically dispersed locations incorporating nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics, two Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics, one local and one remote Community Living Center, Homeless Veteran's Domiciliary, a Community Referral and Resource Center, a Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center and VA presence on two DOD bases; Fort Carson and U.S. Air Force Academy covering a geographical area of over 10,000 square miles. ECHCS employs over 2,500 personnel in 150 occupations.


The SCI/D is located at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus within the Veteran Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System (VA-ECHCS). VA-ECHCS's SCI/D Service is a VHA-designated SCI/D Center providing primary care and SCI/D specialty care with a full continuum of acute stabilization, acute rehabilitation, sub-acute rehabilitation, medical and surgical care, respite care, preventive services, sustaining health care, SCI/D home care, telehealth care and long-term care services consistent with VHA policies. The incumbent serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff and is part of the clinical leadership team of the medical center.

The following criteria are essential:

  • Leadership acumen sufficient to provide direction for single and complex programs in the delivery of Spinal Cord Injury Services to inpatients and outpatients.

  • Management experience with strong administrative and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated skills in providing clinical interface with academic affiliates and other key stakeholders.

  • Management experience regarding university generated education programs and specialty training programs.

  • Demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to care delivery.

  • Documented ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs.

  • Demonstrates abilities to work well within an executive team.

  • Faulty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Clinical responsibilities include and not limited to:

  • Medical Director of a 30 bed inpatient Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder and Outpatient SCI/D support clinics.

  • Provide annual comprehensive preventive health evaluations by the SCI/D Center interdisciplinary team.

  • Ensure performance measures are met, e.g., access to care, patient satisfaction, patient outcomes and risk management.

  • Establish a Quality Assurance (QA) plan to include competency testing of physicians, nurses and administrative staff and the adequacy of equipment in SCI/D Service QA program.

  • Assists in the formulation of strategic planning for SCI in the form of long term goals and initiatives pertinent to the care of SCI patients.

  • Works with the Paralyzed Veterans of America NSO to identify and report SCI data as required.

Administrative responsibilities include and not limited to:

  • Direct supervision of section supervisors, administrative support personnel, physicians, and nurse practitioners.

  • Staff labor mapping, workload and productivity.

  • Establish guidelines, policies and procedures for the treatment and rehabilitation of SCI/D patients.

  • Provides input into fiscal planning to ensure adequate resources and funding are available.

  • Advises facility admin on the adequacy of services, medical equipment and support staff to ensure the accomplishment of the Services mission.

  • Monitors SCI clinic wait lists and access.

  • Liaison with ELT, VISN and National SCI Office.

Education/Training responsibilities include and not limited to:

  • Excellence in training for Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder residents, rehabilitation residents, orthopedic residents and medical students.

  • Excellence in training in allied health professionals (PT, OT, speech therapy students).

  • Creates a climate where continuous learning and self-development are valued.

Research responsibilities include and not limited to:

  • Develop, implement and maintain a program of research that addresses topics of importance to veterans with spinal cord injuries/disorders.

  • Actively participate in identification of avenues of novel SCI research as well as design of appropriate methodology and analytical approaches.

  • Facilitates translation of research findings into improved patient outcomes.

Customer Service responsibilities include and not limited to:

  • Effectively communicates with and utilizes other disciplines (e.g. nursing, medicine) to facilitate treatment planning and implementation.

  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in a manner that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care.

  • Relationship with supervisors, co-workers, patients, visitors and the general public is consistently courteous and cooperative in nature and overall, contributes to the effective operation of the case management program.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, with possibility of extended hours and weekends. NOTE: Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

Functional Statement Title/#: Chief, Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Service

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) has been approved.
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:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • 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.
  • Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Certification in Physiatry, Neurology, Internal Medicine or Surgery with a subspecialty board certification in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.
  • Demonstrated administrative leadership skills.
  • Eligible for clinical privileges in spinal cord injury.

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: Light carrying less than 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking 1 hour; Standing 2 hours; Mostly sitting; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in other eye; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Working with hands in water; Working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work.

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. 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: $130,000.00 to $320,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 444832600

Job Announcement Number: EC-11-16-KD-1741575