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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health System Administrator in Anchorage, Alaska


The Health System Administrator (Associate Director) is a member of the Anchorage Executive Leadership Team (ELT), along with the Medical Center Director, Chief of Staff and the Associate Director for Patient Care Services (AD/PCS-Nurse Executive). Duties require the ability to apply the specialized principles and practices of health care management in directing or supporting a health care delivery system across the geographic expanse of the State of Alaska.


The Health system Administrator participates fully in senior-level management decisions to effectively use available resources to provide the best possible patient care. The Associate Director has full line responsibility for the administrative management of the health care delivery system and is a member of all Medical Center-level Councils and Committees that govern and influence the operations of the health care delivery system. The Associate Director participates in top-level decision making, resource management, information sharing and program evaluation as a member of the ELT. He/she is fully involved in strategic planning with the VISN 20 Network Director and nationally. The incumbent serves as full Associate to the Director, Anchorage VA HCS. The Director, the incumbent, Chief of Staff, and the Associate Director of Patient Care Services, constitute the senior management team for the organization. The incumbent serves as the Chief Operating Officer and has direct supervision over and responsibility for efficient, effective and economical operations with direct control of all Veterans Health Administration (VHA) programs on a day-today basis. Direct supervision duties are related to major facility Services including Fiscal Service; Human Resources Management Service; Facility Management Service; Integrated Care Service; Voluntary Service; Health and Travel Benefit Service; Rural Health Program Manager; and the VA/DoD Joint Venture Coordinator, Elmendorf Air Force Base. The incumbent also provides daily oversight of the Information Technology Operations Service (ITOS), and provides support to the Veteran Canteen Service at the Muldoon Clinic. The incumbent also provided services to the National Cemetery Service at Fort Richardson Army Post, Anchorage, AK, and the Readjustment Counseling Service (Vet Centers) in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla and Kenai, AK as well as CBOC's located in Fairbanks, Kenai, Matanuska/Susitna and Juneau AK. Duties include but are not limited to: Participates in the development and implementation of both long and short-term policies and plans, giving special consideration to the integration of internal administrative and clinical policies to the standards and requirements of The Joint Commission (TJC) and to the impact of internal policies on the community Establishes and carries out major planning efforts to determine future priorities, guidelines, and timetables Develops, evaluates, and adjusts organizational structures and management systems for the efficient operation of the Medical Center Coordinates the development and implementation of new services, construction projects, and evaluation mechanisms to assure continued quality improvements Monitors and plans for the efficient use of available resources including personnel, space, equipment, and money Establishes priorities for the distribution of these resources based on program needs and changes in health care delivery Promotes cost consciousness, effecting improvements and strategies where necessary to successfully compete for limited resources Develops efficiencies through market-based comparisons while expanding sharing options and maximizing funding sources Assures that all administrative policies and procedures are coordinated with and supportive of clinical activities Exercises fiscal management responsibility in developing the overall budget, in monitoring expenditures, and in reallocating funds based on shifting program needs Provides leadership in managing human resources and developing personnel management policies which maximize the potential of the workforce Promotes good relations with groups and individuals including patients, staff, volunteers, other hospitals, Congress, professional societies, unions, and community organizations Participates in meetings, seminars, speaking engagements, and other public relations functions. Promotes understanding of the VA mission and functions and defines the role of the Medical Center in the community Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30:am - 4:00 pm PST

Compressed/Flexible: Not Available

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Health System Administrator/PD502740

Financial Disclosure Report: Required

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Reimbursement of relocation expenses may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/16/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position at the GS-14 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13 level) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is progressively responsible analytical or administrative, or clinical management or supervisory experience in the health care field. This work may have been performed in an operating health care facility or a higher organizational echelon with advisory or directional authority over such facilities. 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 Applicants must also possess: Management ability to delegate authority, evaluate and oversee people and programs, recognize and adapt to changing priorities. Knowledge of the interrelationships and interdependencies among various medical and administrative services and programs You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Creative ThinkingCustomer ServiceInterpersonal SkillsOrganizational StewardshipSystems ThinkingTechnical Competence 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. 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. Physical Requirements: The work requires the ability to drive a government vehicle and travel in the service area and local community to perform duties and possibly some overnight travel to remote parts of the designated catchment area may be required. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects less than 15 pounds. The work requires the use of a keyboard to access a computer. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level. 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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's 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. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. VA uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit 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. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.