Posted: 09/05/2013 | Employer: VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

 Associate Chief of Staff (Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line)Department:Department Of Veterans AffairsAgency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health AdministrationJob Announcement Number:VQ-MD-13-234-QAL-912440SALARY RANGE: $120,000.00 to $240,000.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD: Sunday, June 30, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013 SERIES & GRADE: GS-0602-00 POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Permanent DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:Fargo, ND United StatesView MapWHO MAY APPLY: United States CitizensJOB SUMMARY:Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 912440OUR 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.NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) have been established with the tenth planned for opening in late 2013. The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.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. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Incentives are authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and competencies.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  KEY REQUIREMENTS•Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required. •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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------DUTIES:Back to topThis position will remain open until filled. First cut-off for applications will be Monday, July 15, 2013. After this date, applicants will be forwarded for consideration as they become available.The Associate Chief of Staff for Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line is a responsible physician who provides leadership for the organization of approximately 75 staff and delivery of these services for the Fargo VA Health Care System and is accountable for ensuring quality and cost effective care. Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line is aligned under the Chief of Staff. Duties will include:• Reviews/performs/provides duties and responsibilities of a Physician.• Demonstrates leadership in interpreting and supporting the VISN mission, vision and values, while operating in accordance with Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policies, facility and VISN policies, and standards of federal professional and accrediting agencies external to VHA.• Provides direction and support to EC&R SL staff regarding equipment, technology, policies and procedures employed by the Fargo VA HCS and ensures that all requirements of regulatory agencies such as the Joint Commission and Long Term Care standards are met.• Provides leadership and oversight into interventions that result in geriatric or rehabilitation admissions, readmissions, length of stay challenges, emergency department visit appropriateness and need for outpatient clinic visits.• Participates in comprehensive assessments and rehabilitation modalities done by teams within the Health Care System that will result in a model of care that improves the Veteran's function, utilizes community resources, and reduces mortality and morbidity.• Works collaboratively with the Associate Chief Nurse of the EC&R Service Line in the administrative and clinical oversight of Veterans in the Community Living Center and community settings to include institutional and non- institutional care modalities.• Utilizes clinical knowledge and expertise in the provision of care and services to Veterans who have traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries/ disorders and dementia.• Utilizes specialized rehabilitation techniques with Veteran with injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, fractures, wounds and visual impairments.• Develops and directs the amputation program to include use of telerehabilitation equipment and participation in telerehabilitation clinics. • Develops and directs the Traumatic Brain Injury Program within the Polytrauma System of Care.• Participates in the development and utilization of pain assessment and treatment modalities utilizing a wide variety of pharmacological and non- pharmacological resources. • Proposes and reviews quality control and quality improvement procedures performed by VA personnel in EC&R SL and makes recommendations for improvements, corrective actions, etc.• Participates/reviews and documents performance improvement activities, including, but not limited to, external review programs, internal peer review programs, and accreditation requirements.• Serves as an active member of various Medical Center committees.• Maintains a peer review process for all EC&R SL clinicians.• Is responsible for the financial management of the EC&R SL.• Collaborates with the Chief of Staff to develop and execute a strategic plan and annual budget for the service line.• Responsible for action in matters such as promotions, selections, on the job training, awards, EEO complaints, labor relations, disciplinary actions, training, and career development. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to topBASIC REQUIREMENTS:•U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.•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.•English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).•Board Certification. Physicians may be Board Certified or Board Eligible. Board Certified is preferred.•Basic Life Support (BLS). BLS is mandatory. You will be required to show proof of current BLS training at the time of credentialing and privileging.IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Reference: VA Qualification Standards (Part II, Appendix G of VA Handbook 5005)  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling intermittent hours; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking 3 hours; standing 3 hours; kneeling 1/4 hour; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; specific visual correction to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); mental/emotional stability; and no skin allergies preventing use of protective equipment.Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------BENEFITS:Back to topWorking for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at INFORMATION:This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------HOW TO APPLY:Back to topHOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013 to receive consideration.1.To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.2.Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):·OF-306·ResumeApplicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:·Cover Letter·DD-214·Other (VA Form 10-2850 Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Chiropractors)·Other Veterans Document·SF-15·SF-50·Transcript OF 306 Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):1.To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 912440.2.Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.2.Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items 3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.AGENCY CONTACT INFO:Quincy A. LofbergPhone: (701)239-3700x3641Fax: (701)237-2645Email: QUINCY.LOFBERG@VA.GOVAgency Information:VHA Fargo HCS2101 N Elm StreetFargo, ND58102 Fax: (701)237-2645WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made. 

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