Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration CHIEF OF STAFF (PHYSICIAN) in Northampton, Massachusetts

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

Opened Tuesday 8/16/2016 (72 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/16/2016 (20 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1778444


The Medical Center serves over 25,000 patients at its main campus and six community based outpatient clinics in Central and Western Massachusetts.Core missions are primary care, mental health inpatient and outpatient care,and extended care. The Medical Center is engaging employees in a 'Culture of Improvement', utilizing a variety of Process Improvement techniques to improve efficiency of clinical operational functions to the benefit of veterans and staff.

The VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System (VA CWM HCS), Northampton, MA is a level 3 Mental Health, Long Term Care, Primary Care and Research Facility which consists of a 58 building campus as well as five (5) Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Worcester, Springfield, Fitchburg, Greenfield, and Pittsfield, MA. VA CWM HCS has 133 beds, 85 inpatient behavioral health beds, a 32 bed nursing home care unit, and a 16 bed Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program. The healthcare system also has a compensated work therapy program and an outpatient Substance Use Disorder Clinic.

VA CWM HCS serves as a regional referral and support center for VA facilities in Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 and other networks nationally, for its Mental Health programs and is staffed with approximately 900 employees, 850 FTEE, and 650 volunteers. Additionally, it has one of the largest Compensated Work Therapy programs, a Specialized Inpatient Combat PTSD Program, and a Homeless Veterans program. VA CWM HCS currently has affiliation agreements with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as with schools in dentistry, nursing, psychology, optometry, occupational therapy, social work, pharmacy, and other health professional and technical fields. It has a $3 million dollar research program.

VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System provides primary, specialty, and mental health care, including psychiatric, substance abuse and PTSD services, to a Veteran population in central and western Massachusetts of more than 120,000 men and women.

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.**


Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 40 hrs per week

Relocation and/or Recruitment Incentives: Incentives may be offered. Relocation Expenses:** Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation 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

The VA CWM Healthcare 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 CWM'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, medical education, and research activities of the clinical and allied health services. Through persuasive and facilitative skills, influences the quality, access to, and effectiveness of all medical programs through either direct line leadership or collaborative relations with Service Chiefs. Communicates directly with the VISN 1 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

This individual is expected to maintain an active clinical practice. For example, a COS who is a primary care physician is expected to maintain a panel of patients and actively see patients and participate as a member of the medical staff, in addition to being the leader of the medical staff.


  • 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 Medical Executive Board (MEB).

  • 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. Affiliation and Research

  • 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, nursing education, and other associated health programs.
  • Working relationship with the Medical School Dean and Department Chairs with regard to residents, training of students, faculty appointments, research, and recruitment of new faculty.
  • Works with service chiefs to effectively integrate affiliation goals and specific requirements for equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion.
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent travel may occur
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • 25% Relocation/Recruitment Incentative may be offered
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.

Applications will be reviewed weekly from the opening date of the announcement. This vacancy will remain open until this position is filled. Once the position is filled the vacancy will close.

Requirements*: *

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.

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: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. This position requires: Light lifting, under 25 pounds; light carrying, under 25 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; waling (8 hours); standing (8 hours); repeated bending (1 hour); and hearing (aid permitted); working closely with others; working alone; protracted or irregular hours of work and occasional emotional strain.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

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.

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: $140,000.00 to $260,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 447869800

Job Announcement Number: TK-16-SAM-177844