Deputy Executive Director Medical Center

Washington, D.C
Oct 29, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


VHA is home to the United States' largest integrated health care system, consisting of 150 medical centers, -1,400 Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, Community Living Centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together, these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them, provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million Veterans each year.
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The Deputy Executive Director, Medical Center's managerial duties and responsibilities involve final decisions which have a direct and substantial effect on the health care organization and programs. These include, but are not limited to, decisions affecting the nature, scope and quality of, and emphases in the facility's/system's patient care programs and activities.

The Deputy Executive Director, Medical Center in collaboration with the Executive Director, Medical Center:
* determines program goals and objectives, and develops short and long-range plans for achieving them, in conjunction with the overall plans of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) consistent with the strategic planning process;
* directs a comprehensive evaluation of program goals and objectives and makes necessary adjustments to improve delivery of patient care services;
* establishes local policy in such areas as program emphases and operating guidelines;
* administers a system for the development and communication of program policies and procedures in accordance with new or existing rules and regulations, and ensures adherence to them; and
* administers a management reporting system which provides appropriate data for decision making in such areas as: organizational improvements; changes in delegations of authority; position management; and coordination among the center's programs and services.

The Deputy Executive Director, Medical Center will :
* organize and control program evaluation activities;
* develop and coordinate a quality assurance program to ensure that both clinical and administrative activities are in compliance with standards issued by various accrediting and regulatory groups;
* develop plans (with target completion dates) to ensure that action has been taken to correct deficiencies cited by accrediting bodies;
* conduct a comprehensive and effective quality management program for the standpoint of quality or program/service management, and
* ensure that patient complaints related to the communication of clinical aspects of their care are promptly addressed.

The Deputy Executive Director, Medical Center:
*develops with the participation of administrative and clinical managers and chiefs, plans for fiscal year plans that meet the
objectives of current and proposed programs;
*develops a balanced financial plan designed to meet realistic needs of the facility and the network; makes important decisions substantially affecting economy of operations by limiting operating expenses without impairing patient care activities through management assessment, cost effective position management techniques, reorganization, methods improvements, and automation;
* ensures that utilization of available resources is in line with plan or modified through recurring review,
* allocates available resources to provide the best possible patient care in line with established priorities;
* expects and obtains, as the accountable official, positive accomplishments in effective utilization of resources as relaxed to budget, manpower, equipment, contractual services, physical facility needs and FTEE control;
* protects integrity of the budget, position management, classification and other processes to ensure compliance with existing statutes, and regulations; and
* takes timely corrective action where delegated responsibilities are not being properly applied or executed

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of drug screening required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.


To meet the minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following technical and executive core qualifications. These qualifications would typically be gained through progressively responsible management or executive level assignments such as director of a regional office, medical facility or program manager. An individual's total experience, education and volunteer work experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.

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.

MANDATORY EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): All applicants must submit a written narrative response to each of the following ECQs and include your name on each page.. Your narrative must address each ECQ separately. Additional information on ECQs is available at: . Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results model outlined in the guide. It is recommended that you draft your ECQs in a Word document and then upload into the system.

1. Leading Change: The 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.

2. Leading People: The 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.

3. Results Driven: The 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.

4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions: The 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.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (TQ)s: In addition, all applicants must submit a written narrative response to the following specific TQ(s). Please label and include your name on each page. Please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services, etc. It is recommended that you draft your TQ(s) in a word document and then upload into the system.

TQ: Knowledge of mission, organization, programs, and requirements of health care delivery systems, and the ability
to manage and direct a large health care facility.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.: .

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA Senior Executive Service employment in any 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.

Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: ECQ qualifications

Step 2: Technical Qualification

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board

Step 4: Nominating Organization may conduct interviews

Step 5: Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening)

Step 6: OPM Qualifications Review Board certification

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume not to exceed 5 pages;

2. Written narrative response to address the Technical Qualification not to exceed 2 pages;

3. Written narrative responses to address each Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) not to exceed 2 pages each for a total of 10 pages; or

4. Proof of non-competitive eligibility (if applicable). Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and proof of certification of your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administered Qualifications Review Board (QRB).

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career Senior Executive, graduate of a Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program (CDP) or an individual with SES reinstatement eligibility and your ECQs have been certified by the OPM QRB. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the mandatory technical qualifications requirements.

Non-competitive applicants do not need to submit ECQ narratives but you must clearly state your status in your resume and submit a written narrative response to the Technical Qualification (s); not more than 2 pages per each TQ with a font size no smaller than 12 points. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. The agency has the option of considering you non-competitively or including you in the competitive process.

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