Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician/Clinic Director (St. Thomas Community Based Outpatient Clinic) in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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

Opened Tuesday 7/19/2016 (262 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 7/17/2017 (101 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): T1683921

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 is an open continuous announcement. Qualified applicants will be referred on each cutoff date or as needed; cutoff dates will be on the last day of each month or as needed. The announcement will remain open until the positions is filled.

Want to live on an Enchanted Island? Come work for the VA Caribbean Healthcare System where we provide services to veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can experience Caribbean culture, history and diverse activities. Join us to experience the wonders of working and living in a tropical paradise.

In addition to the Annual Salary: 13.70% Cost Of Living Allowance. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt. Bargaining Unit Status: Not-Covered. Relocation Incentive or Recruitment Incentive Authorized: No.


This position is located in the St. Thomas Community Based Clinic of the USVI. The Clinic Director is accountable for all clinical responsibilities within his/her clinic and will identify unique opportunities to expand quality, access, and timeliness of care to veterans, as established by VA Guidelines and Directives. She/he is accountable to the ACOS for Primary Care Service. Incumbent will overview and supervise the day-to-day operation and coordination of the clinical services including the Specialty clinics at St Thomas CBOC and will act as liaison with the parent services in San Juan and the community resources. She/he will be responsible for the quality monitoring and outcomes of the performance measures for our service at the St. Thomas CBOC Primary Care Clinic. The ST. Thomas Clinic Director will be the direct supervisor of the Nursing Staff, Medical Support Assistant (MSA) and Social Worker assigned to the clinic.

The overall responsibilities typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops needs assessments,prepares budget requests for funds assigned to St. Thomas CBOC.
  • Monitors and controls revenues and expenditures,and administers use of available funds to provide the physical,human and procedural infrastructure that is necessary for the Mission of the Clinic.
  • Gathers and analyzes budget needs of the clinic and supervises all phases of budgeting within administrative requirements.
  • Plans a system of internal control which assures sound fiscal management in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices.
  • Formulates and executes annual budget including overtime, travel, supplies, equipment and all other general operating expenses.
  • Develops monthly and quarterly cost ceilings while maintaining running control of funds to ensure that accounts are within authorized levels.
  • Monitors unit costs, benchmarking against similar facilities, and develops and implements strategies to improve cost efficiency in administrative areas.
  • Promotes a safe working environment and an inspiring climate of productivity, effectiveness and high morale.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the organization through promoting organizational health, alignment of business and strategic plans, and leadership of the organization that provides a clear vision of the future and leads the organization through necessary changes.
  • Administrative responsibilities: timely completion of Performance Pay documentation (if applicable), timely and accurate completion of credentialing and privileging documentation for providers under their service (if applicable), accountability of part-time providers (including but not limited to work hours, supervision, auditing and documentation), timely and effective management of staff performance and conduct issues, accurate and timely completions of pay period exceptions, timely completion of Delegation of Authority for VA Community Care (previous Non VA Care) approvals, accurate and timely processing of assigned Action Items and compliance with all facility targets.
  • Direct patient care responsibilities: as Staff physician,provides long-term patient-provider relationships, coordinates care across a spectrum of health services, educate, and offers disease prevention programs for ambulatory patients. This will include stabilization and referral of those who require a different level of care. Incumbent will be responsible for the evaluation and treatment, including preventive care of a panel of patients assigned under his/her care and functions as part of an multidisciplinary team. This includes referral to a different level of care, when services needed are outside the scope of the clinic.

Work Schedule: Mondays - Fridays: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Due to the critical nature of this position which involves direct patient care candidate must be willing to work extended and/or irregular hours including weekends.

Functional Statement Title/#: Physician/Clinic Director (St. Thomas Community Based Outpatient Clinic)

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • This position requires travel to attend conference, meetings, trainings and other.
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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Licensure and Registration required.

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 allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are: (1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted. (3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, must possess a certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), if claimed by the applicant.
  • 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.
  • Must have completed a residency training or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or (2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience: Graduated of an ACGME accredited Internal Medicine or Family Medicine residency program, and possess administrative experience and leadership skills. Board certified in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine, preferred.

A Service Chief or Line Manager physician must demonstrate the following: (a) Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty; (b) Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality and performance improvement.

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: The position involves exposure to blood borne pathogens, fine manipulation, standing, walking, bending, crouching, and reaching patients. It requires dealing with the acutely ill, with patients who may display disturbed behaviors, and with stressful situations. Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position. When required to use respirator, employee cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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.

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

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.

N*OTE:* Qualified candidates referred for consideration will be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) Process. For information about PBI, you may access* .*

A*pplicant will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate*.

All technical, legal and regulatory requirements must be met on the closing date of the announcement.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment. Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation. If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database. New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB), as applicable for all current and/or new employees to ensure no sanctions have been taken against them.

Drug Free Workplace: This position may be designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564.Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs. Testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidelines for Drug Testing Programs.

THE VA CARIBBEAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors, which are prohibited by law.

VETPRO CREDENTIALING: Individual selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing and electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training , experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. VetPro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty. The candidate selected will be provided further information on how to use VetPro.

Salary Range: $110,000.00 to $230,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 444345500

Job Announcement Number: 672-16-PH-1683921-OCA