Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Physician Assistant in East Orange, New Jersey

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1814366

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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. 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

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 incumbent will operate as the VA New Jersey Health Care System's (VANJHCS) Lead Physician Assistant (PA) to facilitate the coordination and appropriate utilization of PAs at the VANJHCS facilities. The Lead PA is a senior member of the PA staff with proven clinical experience, a thorough understanding of the various functions involved in the care of patients, and the ability to interact effectively with different medical and surgical specialists, health care team members, and administrative staff.

The Lead PA may be employed in any service within the VANJHCS and will report to the Chief of Staff in the performance of his or her Lead PA Duties. The duties of the Lead PA include, but are not limited to the following functions:

Administrative Duties (Generally 50% of workload): The Lead PA is responsible for carrying out duties as assigned by the Medical Center Director which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing subject matter knowledge and expertise on issues pertaining to the employment, credentialing, clinical practice, and appropriate utilization of PAs to senior management and staff.
  • Providing clinical and occupationally focused orientation to new PA appointees and mentoring other PA staff members.
  • Facilitating the performance of PAs' FPPE and OPPE, and monitoring PA performance.
  • Identifying PAs educational needs and facilitating availability of necessary training.
  • Working closely with the Chief of Staff and the various Service Chiefs to ensure that collaborating physicians are appropriately appointed and oriented so as to ensure appropriate utilization and clinical oversight of the various PAs at the facility.
  • Collaborating with the Chief, Human Resources Management Service or designees to enhance PA recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Working closely with the VISN 2 clinical leadership to assist in the collection and reporting of metrics to monitor the effectiveness of PA utilization and quality outcomes and to identify additional areas where utilization of PAs would bring enhanced value to the organization.
  • Attending and participating in staff and committee meetings as assigned by the Chief of Staff including Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, Peer Review and PA Professional Standards Board.

Clinical Duties (Generally 50% of workload):

  • The Lead PA is assigned patient care responsibilities as outlined in their scope of practice.
  • The incumbent possesses exceptional clinical skills and a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with complex or multi-system medical problems.
  • The Lead PA evaluates facility patient care delivery systems as they relate to PA practice standards of care and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care within the organization. They present findings and recommendations to facility leadership and participates in implementation of changes to address these concerns.
  • The incumbent is expected to demonstrate leadership in initiating changes and process improvement activities in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or performance improvement data.
  • The incumbent collaborates with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel to facilitate the delivery of patient care as outlined within their scope of practice and as a participant in assigned quality improvement activities.

Work Schedule: Full Time, Day Shift, exact hours to be determined based on clinical assignment of selectee.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant/000000

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel required between VANJHCS campuses, VISN Offices, and other offices/events as needed.
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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. The candidate must meet the following: (1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and (2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Certification (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA. (2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5. (3) If a PA's NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment. Preferred Experience/Education - Chief Grade: Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individual's demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research.

(1) Experience / Education

  • (a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and;
  • (b) The minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.

(2) Management/Administrative

  • (a) Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility for managing or coordinating a healthcare program including follow-up actions to ensure compliance with regulatory bodies required by internal and external review organizations and accrediting bodies, and;
  • (b) Successfully integrates the activities of the employee's assignment with other patient care programs at the facility or with similar programs on a broader geographic basis, and;
  • (c) Develops policies and procedures and participates in executive level decision making deliberations, and;
  • (d) Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of services, and;
  • (e) Performs a full range of administrative duties relative to the assignment.

(3) Clinical Competencies

  • (a) Clinical Proficiency1. Evaluates facility patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes, and; 2. Exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies, and; 3. Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel, and; 4. Exhibits exceptional clinical skills and consistently demonstrates a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, multi-symptomatic patients.
  • (b) Professional Development1. Develops and implements education and training programs involving a variety of specialties in widely diversified activities, and; 2. Provides personnel with the vital link between education and practice. 3. Coordinates clinical training of healthcare students including facilitation of clinical rotations, recruitment preceptors and evaluation of student, and; 4. Maintains close relationships with affiliated schools and healthcare training programs and coordinates clinical rotations with curriculum needs, and; 5. Serves on education and training committees, advisory groups and special task forces concerned with managing education and career development activities. (c) Ethics1. Provides leadership in addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff at the medical facility and the local health care community. 2. Participates in the education of facility staff in ethical concepts and encourages staff participation in ethics educational programs.
  • (d) Interpersonal Skills1. Demonstrates leadership in developing productive working relationships with groups in other programs, services, academic settings, and community agencies. 2. Effectively collaborates and interacts with other regional medical facilities to enhance seamless coordination of inter-facility patient care.
  • (e) Research1. Conducts approved, merit-reviewed research projects; performs independent research; serves as a contributing member of a research team or serves as a member of a research committee; formulates research proposals and protocol submissions for merit review; and develops publishable material for appropriate professional journals or speaks to peer groups, and; 2. Effectively researches problems of major scope; directs independent research of considerable interest and value, where the research contribution is highly productive and of such quality and originality as to have marked the PA as a significant contributor to advances in patient care and services. 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 Handbook 5005/78, Part II, Appendix G-8 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT 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: see VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7 and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services at All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. VANJHCS is an interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, mental health, and long-term care inpatients and outpatients. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

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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* Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:* Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6, or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

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.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status

Salary Range: $55,327.00 to $124,037.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453011400

Job Announcement Number: BH-17-ML-1814366