Physician - Chief, Health Professions Education

Washington, D.C
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time


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

This position is in the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Central Office, 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:
  • 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 and Informatics Officer, the OAA Executive Officer, and the Director of the Oversight and Compliance Unit 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.
  • In collaboration with the Oversight and Compliance Unit, identifying and managing risks in the OAA portfolio.
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

  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,06/17/2021

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.
  • 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.
  • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. (NOTE: VA physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are: (1) Those approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR
    [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR
    (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience:
  • A minimum of ten years of professional practice with progressively more responsible clinical, educational and administrative leadership assignments.
  • Knowledge of experience in 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, and excellent interpersonal skills for relationship building.
  • Demonstrated professional writing skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed scientific publications or large-scale reports to a professional organization or society.

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.


Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:
  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]

  • NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

    Additional information

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
    • 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.

    Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or other supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The 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
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    , 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
    • License
    • Other (1)
    • Resume
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

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