Executive Advisor Strategic Forecast

District of Columbia, D.C
Jun 14, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Full Time


The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the United States' largest integrated health care system and is positioned to anticipate and lead emerging health care trends. The Chief Strategy Office leads the assessment of the VHA's 96 healthcare delivery markets, develops and publishes the VHA Long Range Plan, analyzes healthcare data and assumptions to influence the future direction of the system.

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  • PHYSICIAN/DENTIST: SR-602 $145,000 - $249,900
  • HEALTH SCIENCE OFFICER: SR-601 $132,552 - $183,300
  • NURSE: SR-610 $132,552 - $183,300
NOTE: For Physician - 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: Not Authorized
Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized

The Executive Advisor Strategic Foresight position is located in VA Central Office, Washington, DC, in the Chief Strategy Office and reports to the Chief Strategy Officer. The incumbent serves as a clinical strategist within the Chief Strategy Office (CSO) and provides executive level guidance and advice to the Chief Strategy Officer (SES) as well as his/her SES direct reports by using clinical expertise or healthcare industry expertise to provide insights into alternative futures or scenarios that impact how VA provides healthcare to Veterans. The incumbent collaborates with senior officials within the Assistant Undersecretaries for Clinical Services, Patient Care Services, Community Care, Quality and Patient Safety and Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks and other key stakeholders to achieve VA goals. The incumbent is responsible for studying the healthcare ecosystem in its current state and future trends to understand, anticipate, prepare and gain advantage over coming healthcare challenges to develop strategies to support VHA Mission, goals, objectives, and effective planning of VA health care. The Chief Strategy Office guides the VHA executive leadership team to create its strategic vision and set the course for the VA healthcare delivery system.

Additional duties include (but are not limited to):
Conducts scanning/analyses for current trends that provide evidence of an emerging trend.
Develops multiple scenarios (alternate futures) from a clinical service as well as infrastructure support perspective.
Utilizes healthcare and/or clinical expertise for strategic visioning, foresight, thinking and planning to research and develop VHA's point-of-view on long-term trends and how these trends are being driven by emerging and accelerated technology change.
Creates and manages the annual output of the company's visioning work.

Travel Required

Not required

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)


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/18/2021.

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.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
  • Minimum of ten years of professional practice in positions with progressively more complex assignments that involve leading, planning, directing, administering, and evaluating clinical programs in the public or private sector.
  • Master's degree in nursing or related field; OR a Doctoral degree (preferred) in nursing or related field, and appropriate advanced certification desired. Minimum of ten years of professional practice in positions with progressively more complex assignments that involve leading, planning, directing, administering, and evaluating clinical programs in the public or private sector.
  • Successful completion of a full Ph.D. course of study leading to a doctorate with a major study in an academic field related to Psychology or other Social Science.

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 http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/qualify.asp .

  • 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.
1. Knowledge of mission, organization programs and requirements of health care delivery systems, and experience with managing and directing a health care program at a national level.
2. Demonstrated thought leadership, insight formulation, and research and communication abilities. Experience in healthcare innovation, futurism and long-term strategic planning.

Physical Requirements: Most of the work performance is at a desk, in an office setting. The incumbent often carries books and papers to and from meetings and conferences. It is highly likely that the incumbent may have to travel between office buildings for meetings, which will involve going outside during various elements of weather.

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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . 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.

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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

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 and nurses 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.)
  • Non-Federal Employees must submit recent pay documentation.
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 https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-2850-fill_BAK.pdf ) 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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