Deputy Director - Geriatrics and Extended Care

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 27, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Veterans Health Administration is looking for an energetic motivated individual ready to lead one of the most stimulating and important offices in the Department of Veterans Affairs that advance health care for Veterans and the nation.

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NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. Exceptions to the salary cap must be approved.
Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week
Financial Disclosure Report: Required
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized
Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not authorized
Relocation Expenses: May be authorized
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The Deputy Director, Office of Geriatrics & Extended (GEC), is a full-time position that reports to the Executive Director (ED) GEC, under the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health (ADUSH) for Clinical Operations (CO), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Central Office (CO). The position is located in Washington DC.

The Deputy Director provides national leadership to and has advisory and consultative responsibility for all VHA geriatric and long-term care programs and initiatives. S/he is the principal advisor and alter ego to the ED, ADUSH/CO, Under Secretary for Health (USH), and VHA on all issues regarding quality of care for aging and chronically ill Veteran patients. The Deputy Director also provides leadership and oversight of Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECCs) and the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee that provides advice and assistance to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (SECVA).

Specific duties include:
  • Acts as the principal advisor and to the Executive Director regarding Geriatric and Extended Care Services and long-term care policies and procedures pertaining to delivery of services, assessment of services, and outcome analysis.
  • Supervises the National Director, Data Analytics, Quality Improvement, and Research section of the office.
  • Supervises the Director, Facility Based Care programs which includes oversight of Community Living Centers and State Veterans Homes.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other VHA and VA program offices.
  • Oversees consultation and expert opinions as needed on clinical and administrative matters provided by program managers and program directors the field and VACO program elements.
  • Maintains close association with professional organizations and provider groups in affiliated institutions as well as other public and private organizations concerned with the delivery of services in VHA.
  • Develops national criteria and standards for GEC programs and providers.
  • Develops clinical practice guidelines/protocols and best practices to be used in the analysis and management of GEC programs.
  • Develops and disseminates national GEC policies and clinical guidelines.
  • Maintains all Directives, Handbooks and Information Letters, drafts Legislation and Regulations related to GEC Services.
  • Maintains oversight of direct communication of program directors and program managers with Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and Medical Center leadership on GEC direction, operations, and compliance with national policies and regulations.
  • Reviews and updates the Strategic Plan within GEC ensuring benchmarks and established time lines are met.
  • Oversees the review of the adequacy of existing programs under his/her supervision including both redundant programs and gaps in available services).
  • Provides information on new developments and technology. Is responsible for leading GEC subject matter expert to program managers and clinicians.
  • Serves as the decisional authority for GEC responses to external oversight bodies including the Government Accountability Office, the Office of the Medical Inspector, the Office of the Inspector General, and Congress.
  • Assures that professional experts actively collaborate with specialty professional societies and provide liaison to other federal providers and professional groups concerned with the provision of GEC.
  • Participating as a member of various VACO and Network healthcare committees as assigned.
  • Partners with Program Directors within GEC to ensure the success of the program office.
  • Serves as a liaison to other Federal and State agencies, professional societies, and Veterans Service Organizations.
  • Adapts VHA's extended care services to meet the needs of younger disabled Veterans and the elderly.
  • Responsible for GEC innovations and pilot programs.
  • Responsible for the GEC dashboard and reporting.

Travel Required

25% or less - You will be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • 4-Year 7306 appointment with potential for re-appointment (not guaranteed)
  • Physical Requirements: Most of the work performance is at a desk, in an office setting. The position does require touring of the medical center for direct supervision, survey and environment of care issues.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/23/2019.

In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:

  • 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 Secretary of VA for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. The Physician must maintain a current registration to continue employment with the VA.
  • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed 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. Approved residencies include those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or American Osteopathic Association, or other residences which the Professional Standards Board determines to have provided appropriate professional training.

Applicants must possess extensive leadership experience in the health care arena sufficient to qualify for the equivalent of a senior executive equivalent position within the Federal service. In addition, the incumbent is broadly acquainted with clinical treatment modalities, administrative and clinical support systems and is knowledgeable about multifaceted health care delivery systems.

In addition to basic requirements, the following technical and executive core qualifications are required for this position. Typically, these qualifications would be gained through education, experience and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in responsible management/executive level assignments in health care at a national or Network level, equivalent positions in a hospital/network/regional office or allied medical care facility, or executive positions in an academic institution. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. If you are currently a federal employee, this type of experience is typically found at positions at the GS-15 level and above.

To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess all of the necessary requirements for this position, you MUST SHOW in your RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualification(s) outlined below. Eligibility will be based on clear and concise accomplishments that emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments (with results), policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Applicants can obtain a sample resume along with additional information regarding the Executive Core Qualifications on the Internet at .

  • ECQ 1. LEADING CHANGE: Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • ECQ 2. LEADING PEOPLE: Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • ECQ 3. RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • ECQ 4. BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Applicants may focus on resource management, with particular emphasis on financial management (budget).
  • ECQ 5. BUILDING COALITIONS: Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Applicants may demonstrate that they have external contacts as well as internal interactions.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of mission, organization programs and requirements of geriatric health care delivery systems, and the ability to lead health care programs at a national level.
REFERENCES: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution 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 submit a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency.

Additional 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.

Veterans' Preference does not apply to Senior Executive Equivalent positions.

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 is clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified; errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Please follow all instructions carefully.

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; religious; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  • Proof of current certification, licensure or registration (for physicians this proof can be a copy or you can provide the certification, licensure or registration number, state and expiration date in your resume)
  • If currently a federal employee, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action outlining your current pay plan, series, and grade. (If you have held a higher graded position in the past, please include a SF-50 to verify the level served.)
Recommended Documents:
  • Copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
NOTE: If tentatively selected the VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors (Available at ) and official college transcript(s) (If not currently appointed as a Veterans Health Administration Physician) will be required.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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