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END DATE October 15, 2013

Undersecretary for Health

Department of Veterans Affairs - Washington, D.C.


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Quality Care Our Heroes DeserveNow is the time to take your career to the next level and become part of the high-caliber talent that is VA. Experience what 250,000 current VA employees already have state-of-the art practice settings, access to the latest technology, a multi-disciplinary team environment and the opportunity to provide the men and women who have bravely served this country with the finest patient care, benefits and customer satisfaction. And with VA Patient Satisfaction Scores leading the healthcare industry, you'll be joining one of the most respected facilities in the Nation. JOB SUMMARY:The terms of appointment, qualifications, and pay are stipulated by law (38 USC 305). The position serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. Total compensation will be determined by the individual's qualifications."SERVING OUR NATIONS VETERANS" DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, UNDERSECRETARY FOR HEALTH The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently accepting applications for the position of Undersecretary for Health (USH) of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).The USH is a presidential appointee subject to Senate confirmation. Candidates for the Undersecretary position must be visionary leaders who have demonstrated an ability to conceptualize and implement the Secretary's vision, and are dynamic advocates who can move an ambitious agenda forward to meet the needs of our Nations veterans.The Undersecretary for Health leads the country's largest integrated health care systems and is directly responsible to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration.DUTIES:The Undersecretary for Health (USH) is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Nation's largest integrated health care system. The four statutory missions of VHA are: 1) to develop, maintain, and operate a national health care delivery system for eligible veterans; 2) to administer a program of education and training for health care personnel; 3) health care research; and 4) contingency support for the Department of Defense and Public Health Service during times of war or national emergency.The USH assures delivery of timely, appropriate, cost-effective services to approximately 8.7 million veterans enrolled in VA health care. VHA has a special responsibility to care for veterans with service-connected disabilities and is responsible for specialized services, such as; care for spinal cord injury, mental illness, substance abuse and other conditions.The VA health care system provides care and social support services to veterans through a system of 151 hospitals, 995 ambulatory care and community based outpatient clinics, 300 Vet Centers and 70 mobile Vet Centers, 135 nursing home care units, 103 VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs, 7 Centralized Mail Out Pharmacies, 207 counseling centers, and contract programs, all of which are administered through 21 regional networks, a national headquarters and other support offices.KEY REQUIREMENTS:US citizenship is required.Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.Successful completion of a background investigationComplete White House Presidential Personnel vetting process successfully Senate Confirmation Required Skills: QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:By law, the Undersecretary for Health shall be appointed solely on the basis of:Demonstrated ability in the medical or allied health profession, in health care administration and policy formulation, and in health care fiscal management; andSubstantial experience in connection with the programs of the Veterans Health Administration or programs of similar content and scope.Candidates for the Undersecretary position must be highly effective leaders who have demonstrated experience in overseeing or directing the operations of a large health care enterprise. Candidates must be committed to the high quality care of our Nation's Veterans, implement the Secretary's vision to transform VA, and serve as an accountable and innovative steward of the human capital and financial resources of the VHA.HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:Step 1: Minimum qualifications.Step 2: Screening by Executive Board to determine group of candidates to be considered by the CommissionStep 3: The Commission determines the most qualified candidates, and determines which candidates to invite for interviewsStep 4: The Commission recommends the final candidates for consideration by the Secretary and the PresidentYou will be evaluated based upon your resume, application or curriculum vitae, the responses you provide on the supplemental application form, and an interview if invited to appear before the Commission. Bring your expertise to VA and be valued as part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. You'll enjoy a patient-focused environment, terrific benefits and incentives, and the ability to practice at any VA facility in the country.Equal Opportunity Employer

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