Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Research Health Scientist in Detroit, Michigan

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy ID: 1815423

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

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Employee will serve as a Supervisory Research Health Scientist, as the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for the Research and Development Service (R&D;) at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, MI. Duties will include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Oversees the development and implementation of both long- and short-term policies and plans for the medical center. Provides extensive expertise in the integration of internal administrative and clinical policies to achieve the highly complex standards and requirements of various regulatory and accrediting bodies.

  • Supervises, oversees, and directs the activities of multiple research teams comprised of professional clinical and scientific researcher, and technical and administrative support employees.

  • Develops, evaluates and adjusts organizational structures and management systems to administer research funded in the areas of Basic laboratory, Clinical, Health Services and Rehabilitation Research; and contributes to the development of structures and systems for the overall research program.

  • Maintains awareness of available resources (e.g., personnel, space, equipment, funding) and establishes priorities for distributing these resources based on program needs.

  • Delegates authority and provides general program direction to subordinates, managers, supervisors, and team leaders in various administrative and research areas.

  • Exercises final management responsibility in developing personnel management policies for research and oversees personal actions that ensure maximum effectiveness in retaining the best and brightest scientists and research staff.

  • Establishes a supportive atmosphere and promotes good relations with a variety of groups, individuals, researchers, patients, other hospitals, professional organizations, unions, veterans groups, and community organizations, and both internal and external regulatory and funding agencies.

  • Performs other duties as necessary to support the activities and functions of the research programs.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

*BASIC REQUIREMENTS (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): *Applicant must possess a Bachelor's Degree (or higher) with a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences.

AND,in addition to the Basic Requirement, applicant must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes supervising clinical health research teams and overseeing overall strategic leadership, planning, direction and coordination of research activities, including clinical, administrative, budget/fiscal management; developing policies and plans, management systems, personnel management policies; establishing priorities for distribution of available resources (e.g., personnel, space, equipment); and representing research programs via conferences, symposiums, educational institutions, stakeholder/affiliated agencies. (Applicant resume must clearly support this experience to be creditable)

A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: Possess a PhD in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position.

*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position (Narrative responses not required):

  • Skill and experience in directing of multiple research teams within a multi-faceted research program.

  • Skill and experience in administrative management leadership principles, practices, and policies of research.

  • Skill in program direction and leadership in scientific and clinical medical research areas.

  • Skill effectively communicating to promote relationships with affiliate institutions and stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of research grants application procedures and development of peer review research funding.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Typically the employee sits comfortably to perform the work; however, there is periodic walking, standing, bending, carrying of light times (such as, papers and books).

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE,* PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.* If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

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; religious; 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.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (313)576-5200.

Other Information

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

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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.

Salary Range: $108,555.00 to $141,124.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-14/14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452724600

Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-NRT-1815423