Physician - Chief, Health Professions Education

Washington, D.C
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in Washington, DC. This is not a virtual position.

This position is located in the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The incumbent serves as the Chief, Health Professions Education (HPE).
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The incumbent manages the operational, logistical and technical aspects of the clinical service lines in OAA, including both programmatic responsibilities for clinical training programs, as well as administrative responsibilities such as recruitment, employee performance assessment, employee professional development and succession planning. The Chief HPE assists the Deputy Chief Officer with responsibilities in such areas as policy development, relationship building with both internal and external stakeholders, and project design and management. The Chief, HPE reports to the Deputy Chief Officer and is the primary supervisor for the clinical service lines of OAA. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting the Deputy Chief Officer with responsibilities in areas of policy development, relationship building with both internal and external stakeholders, and project design and management.
  • Providing the day-to-day supervision of the OAA clinical health professions education service lines (Medical and Dental Education, Associated Health Education, Nursing Education, Advanced Fellowships and VACAA GME Expansion).
  • Providing consultation with field stakeholders and providing advice regarding policy and operational educational issues.
  • Partnering with the Chief Financial Officer/Administrative Officer and the OAA Chief of Staff/Executive Officer to develop and recommend strategic initiatives along with their associated budget and staffing impact.
  • Aligning the OAA portfolio to create and maintain sustainable workforce pipelines in high priority professions and disciplines.
  • Developing new strategies, alignments and partnerships that will serve VA education and clinical care in the future.
  • Evaluating current programs for alignment with VA goals, objectives and workforce needs and OAA performance measures.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, or as negotiated
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: May be available
Telework: May be available
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized
PCS Expenses: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel up to 25% for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • You may be required to a pass pre-employment physical examination


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,06/21/2019

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • MD or DO or equivalent - Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine (DO). 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 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.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience:
  • A minimum of ten years of professional practice in progressively more responsible clinical, educational and administrative leadership assignments.
  • Knowledge of clinical health professions education in medicine, dentistry, nursing and other allied health disciplines.
  • Evidence of self-directed, independent functioning and the ability to work effectively with others at all levels within a complex organization.
  • Skills in conceptualization, critical thinking, problem solving, and follow through.
  • Skills in resource administration, personnel management, and supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a broad array of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Board certified.

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.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.


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. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

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).

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
, and
Current VA Form 2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Other (1)
  • Other (2)
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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