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    Job Title: Health System Specialist

    Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

    Agency: Veterans Health Administration

    Job Announcement Number: LP-11-BNa-522892

    SALARY RANGE:

    $51,617.00 – $67,097.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Monday, August 22, 2011 to Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    GS-0671-09

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full Time Career/Career Conditional

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    1 vacancy – Long Beach, CA

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    United States Citizens

    JOB SUMMARY:

    VacancyID: 522892 (Include on all documents).

    Selected applicants will be required to sign a mobility statement. Please see section “Qualifications” in the announcement.

    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?

    YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

    Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

    VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go tohttp://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Long Beach, CA

    This position is located at the Veterans Affairs Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22) in Long Beach, CA. The VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network is one of 21 Healthcare Networks operated nationwide by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We are comprised of five hospitals and 29 community clinics servicing 1.4 million Veterans in Southern California and Southern Nevada. The major duties and responsibilities include:

    • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to basic healthcare management.
    • Ability to apply qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness.
    • Ability to apply health care organizational program goals and objectives.
    • Ability to solve new and changing problems.
    • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
    • Provide direction in matters such as discipline, rewards and recognition, reassignment, staff adjustments and realignments, labor/management relationships.
    • Develop and coordinate service budgets and distribution of resources to various clinical budgets.
    • Assist in developing long and short range plans for healthcare managers.
    • Work with review/auditing healthcare entities such as Quality Management Programs, Joint Commissions; Accreditation, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).
    • Assist with internal review activities, such as surveys and audits; make site visits and observe studies relating to the planning problems and/or opportunities present n the healthcare fields.
    • Gather information, identify and analyze issues, and develop recommendations to resolve problems.
    • Work with facility managers and analysis and/or coordination of administrative, clinical, or other service activities.
    • Provided knowledge of the following:
      * Missions, organizations, programs, and requirements of health care delivery systems.
      * Regulations and standards of various regulatory and credentialing groups.
      * Government-wide, agency, and facility systems and requirements in various administrative areas such as budget, personnel, and procurement in a healthcare facility.

    Work Schedule: MONDAY – FRIDAY – 8:00AM – 4:30PM

    ***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to – and essential for – satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

    The selective placement factor for this position is: Complete a master’s program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), or the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), or the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBS).

    Proof of the accreditation MUST be submitted with your application package by the Closing Date of the Announcement. Proof can be obtained by accessing the following website: www.studentclearinghouse.org

    Upon successful completion of the one year training program, residents/fellows are eligible for placement into a position within the VA healthcare system. Preceptors work with residents/fellows to find a position that best fits their skills, needs, and circumstances.

    PLUS

    Possess one (1) year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service). Examples of this experience include: Provide direction in matters such as discipline, rewards and recognition, reassignment, staff adjustments and realignments, labor/management relationships, develop and coordinate service budgets and distribution of resources to various clinical budgets, assist in developing long and short range plans for the system; experience with Quality Management Program, Joint Commissions; Accreditation, Current Procedural Terminology(CPT), International Classification of Diseases(ICD-10), and internal review activities, such as surveys and audits; make site visits and observe studies relating to the planning problems and/or opportunities present; gather information, identify and analyze issues, and develop recommendations to resolve problems. Work must have involved a close working relationship with facility managers and analysis and/or coordination of administrative, clinical, or other service activities, and provided knowledge of the following:
    * Missions, organizations, programs, and requirements of health care delivery systems;
    * Regulations and standards of various regulatory and credentialing groups; and
    * Government-wide, agency, and facility systems and requirements in various administrative areas such as budget, personnel, and procurement. OR Possess a successfully completed a Master’s or equivalent degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree with a major study in hospital administration, public health administration, or a directly related field to the position of Health Systems Specialist, such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration or LL.B. or J.D., if related. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) OR Possess a combination of specialized experience as described above and more than one year of graduate education with a major study in hospital administration, public health administration, or in a directly related field to the position of Health Systems Specialist, such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration as described above which totals at least one year. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO’s) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

    • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to basic healthcare management.
    • Ability to apply qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness.
    • Ability to apply health care organizational program goals and objectives.
    • Ability to solve new and changing problems.
    • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing

    Selected applicants must sign a Mobility Statement. Applicants must be willing to move once their training period is complete if they cannot be placed at the VA facility where they did their initial training. If a move is necessary, the VA will cover the cost of move. Relocation and placement is subject to normal HR rules, policies and procedures. In this case, the gaining facility would typically fund the relocation expenses upon placement.

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website athttp://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

    Veteran’s Preference:

    When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,” and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

    • Best qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
    • Highly qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
    • Well qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
    • Qualified – applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

    After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See “Required Documents” section below). The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click theSubmit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

    Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
    4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

    1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 522892. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
    2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    1. Resume
    2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Other documents – use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    VHA Nationwide DEU
    Phone: (501)257-4134
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    VHA DEU Los Angeles
    PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
    APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
    Thank You, AR 00000
    USA
    Fax: (478)757-3144

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter – or e-mail – will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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