Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Assistant Chief Of Staff, Specialty Medicine) in Fargo, North Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1569255

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics have been established. The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

If you're looking for a variety, North Dakota has it all! The state experiences all four of the breathtaking seasons, has a growing economy, rolling farmlands, and the lowest unemployment rate in the country. The Fargo-Moorhead area is a lively, vibrant community featuring three universities and one technical/community college as well as a thriving arts scene. If you like sports, Fargo is home to the FM Redhawks (Independent Baseball Organization), the Fargo Force (USHL Hockey Team), the Red River Valley Speedway as well as the North Dakota State University Bison, the Division I FCS football champions in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. We also are in close proximity to attend the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks Division I hockey games. There are an assortment of outdoor activities from which to choose - snowmobiling, ice fishing, regular fishing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, hunting, tubing, canoeing, hiking, camping, & biking to name a few. For more information about Fargo check us out at or

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1. *General Description:*

(A complete Functional statement is available upon request)

A primary objective of the Primary Care/Specialty Medicine Service Line is to mentor and lead competent, satisfied staff dedicated to providing high quality patient-centered care at the Fargo VA Health Care System (FVAHCS). The ACOS, SM is a department level management position supporting this objective through administrative leadership. The incumbent is responsible for the direct management and oversight of clinical and administrative operations within the specialty medicine division of the service line (Neurology, Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Hospice/Palliative Care, Endocrinology, Oncology, Hospitalist Services). These duties include direct supervision of physicians and mid-level providers, coordination of work schedules and responsibility for clinical performance measures. The incumbent works closely with other leaders within the service line and facility to ensure optimization of resources in the care delivery model. Additionally, s/he participates in local administrative, management, quality assurance, and other assignments, meetings or committees as necessary or assigned.

Excellent communication skills are a key competency for the position. The incumbent will be expected to facilitate communication up and down the Service Line and will be the primary conduit of information to his/her colleagues/subordinates as well as to Service Line leadership.

The position requires a leader skilled at:

  • Exceptional flexibility/adaptability as evidenced by the ability to manage multiple administrative and/or clinical tasks/priorities necessary to manage the SM issues of the service line.

  • The ability to think and act creatively and innovatively, looking beyond day to day operations via proactive planning.

  • The ability to challenge systems and processes to improve access to care and the care delivery process

  • The ability to comfortably and effectively work within a service line leadership team environment

The ACOS, SM may have clinical duties assigned specific to their subspecialty or as otherwise specified based on the unique skills and desires of the candidate. It is anticipated that the position will be at least 75% administrative, but may vary depending on the needs of the facility/service line.

Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 0800 – 1630

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qulified candidates

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • 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.

*Preferred Experience: *

Board certification or possess equivalent training and experience. A proven track record demonstrating strong leadership and managerial experience.

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.

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.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

*Physical Requirements: *

Heavy lifting and carrying (45 lbs. and over); straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking and standing (up to 4 hours); repeated bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. The VHA physician brochure provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice.

Benefits: VA physicians enjoy an excellent benefits package. With predictable work hours and conditions, VA physicians are able to take time for themselves and their families...quality of life is important. Generous salary and annual performance bonus Excellent Health Insurance that can be carried into retirement 26 day of paid annual leave 13 days of paid sick leave 10 paid federal holidays Student loan repayment Program Recruiting .Relocation incentives may be authorized

Other 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 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.**

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $115,000.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens, Non Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 423082900

Job Announcement Number: VQ-16-066-JL-1569255