Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Chief (Nephrology) in Seattle, Washington

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Seattle, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (25 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (339 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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 filled. This allows this office to accept applications/resumes as long as it is open. Applications that are eligible in accordance with the outlined Agency application procedures will be referred to fill any current and/or future vacancies.

Applications will continue to be rated for eligibility every two weeks beginning October 14, 2017.* *

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

The VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle Washington is seeking a dynamic staff physician that serves as the Chief of Nephrology within the Hospital & Specialty Medicine service. The patient population ranges from young adult to geriatrics. The Incumbent will demonstrate proficiency in practice, planning, and self-direction in goal setting for managing each Veteran's medical need.

The Chief is for the daily administrative and clinical operations of the Nephrology Section and reports directly to the Hospital and Specialty Medicine Care Line Manager. They may also work in one or all of the following units: Inpatient wards and Subspecialty Clinic area. In addition, the incumbent may be required to perform General Medicine attending duties on the inpatient wards.

This position will be open until filled.


VA Puget Sound and the University of Washington are recruiting a Director of Nephrology Section for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) in Seattle, WA.

Duties include but may not be limited to the following:

  • Responsible for the daily administrative and clinical operations of the Nephrology Section and reports directly to the Hospital and Specialty Medical Care Line Manager
  • He/She may also work in one or all of the following units: Inpatient wards and Subspecialty Clinic area
  • Engaged in direct patient contact or performs tasks defined by statute or recognized custom of medical practice within the bounds of state law as defined by the board of professional licensure
  • Responsible for performance improvement activities in the Nephrology Section
  • Responsible for ensuring quality outcomes, veterans satisfaction and cost effective care
  • Admit, evaluate, diagnosis, provide treatment or consultative services to patients who present with renal diseases
  • Take part in continuing medical education (as defined by licensure), and quality assurance activities
  • Completes annual proficiency evaluations for the Nephrology physicians and physicians assistants
  • Clinical and teaching responsibilities. Responsible for the supervision of Nephrology Fellows including hands on training and follow-up and monitoring of patients

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title: Physician - Chief (Nephrology)

Travel Required
  • Not Required
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.

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-certified in Internal Medicine and board certified in their specialty with leadership experience and have administrative capabilities.

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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (1 hours); Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Hearing.

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.

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. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: 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: $115,000.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450980300

Job Announcement Number: 16-T38-1805458-TCP-HSM-NBU