Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Chief of Staff in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1982519

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?

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege, and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, VA offers an incomparable benefits package. Located in southeast South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a family-oriented community with no state income tax. The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. 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.

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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 to

The procedures outlined in AFGE Master Agreement, Article 23, Section 8 will be followed. First consideration will be given to current Sioux Falls VAHCS employees.

Requires Filing a Financial Disclosure Report: Yes

Recruitment incentives authorized: Yes Relocation incentives authorized: Yes


The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is recruiting for an experienced Physician. This position will serve as the Chief of Staff, within the Office of the Director. The candidate will have significant accomplishments in clinical practice, educational activities, research or administration which clearly distinguish the physician as having the highest professional qualifications. As the Chief of Staff (COS), you will be responsible for the following major duties to include, but not limited to:

  • Serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team ensuring high quality patient care is delivered in an efficient manner.
  • Responsible for the management and operations of the following clinical programs and services: Surgical & Specialty Care Service Line, Primary & Specialty Medicine Service Line, Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service Line, Imaging Service, Pathology and Laboratory Service, Mental Health Service Line, Pharmacy Service, Research & Development, and Credentialing.
  • In addition to making clinical decisions, the COS is actively involved in the management of resources for this facility. The COS promotes the development of health care professionals through counseling, mentoring, teaching, encouraging, and self-assessments.
  • Monitors and promotes compliance with VA regulations and professional standards, working to ensure that facility programs reflect the mission and priorities of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Network (VISN 23). The COS has an active role as a member of the Executive Leadership team, providing advice and counsel in defining and accomplishing the facility's mission and goals.
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with affiliated medical schools and programs associated with the Medical Center, recruits certified licensed professional staff and ensures that staff practitioners are credentialed and privileged in accordance with VA and The Joint Commission (TJC) requirements.
  • Ensures medical staff are in compliance with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, VA facility policies, TJC standards and other appropriate regulations.
  • Creates an environment of continuous quality improvement, within which programs and quality of care effectiveness are evaluated.
  • The COS leads clinical staff to provide quality health care to each Veteran and embraces VHA's core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence.
  • The COS is accountable to the Medical Center Director for the delivery of patient-centered, high-quality, and high-value healthcare.
  • The COS is expected to meet and preferably exceed the performance measure goals while utilizing the most cost-efficient methodology.
  • Improving and continuously monitoring access to care in the organization while predicting and absorbing demand will be one of the pivotal responsibilities for this position.
  • Provides an environment conducive to patient care, educational activity, research and administrative planning and evaluation.
  • Represents the organization, internally and externally, in such a manner as to reflect positively on the Sioux Falls VAHCS and VA.
  • Serves as a professional liaison of the Medical Center to other VA, federal, community, affiliate, media, congressional, and constituent organizations.
  • Maintains and promotes high ethical and clinical standards that are carried into evidence based decision-making processes.
  • Promotes constructive problem resolution in an environment of competing priorities.
  • Promotes an effective mix, coordination, and support of clinical programs by evaluating current and potential patient population needs; clinical workload and resources; special program mandates and cost/benefit analyses; making recommendations to the Director; and ensuring implementation of approved clinical proposals.

Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Evenings, weekends, and holidays may be required to cover critical or unusual circumstances.

*Throughout the duration of this vacancy announcement, applications that are received will be referred to the selecting official on a bi-weekly basis. *

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Regional Office and Community Based Outpatient Clinic travel will be required on occasion.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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.
  • Subject to a two year probationary period.


  • Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with section A, chapter 3, paragraph 3g of VA Handbook 5005.
  • Education. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

  • (1) Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or

  • (2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

  • (3) For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Education Commission for Foreign Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant.

  • Licensure and Registration. Physicians must possess a 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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

  • 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. (NOTE: VA Physicians involved in academic training programs may be required to be board certified for faculty status.) Approved residencies are:

(1) Those approved by the accrediting bodies for graduate medical education, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA), in the list published for the year the residency was completed, or

(2) Other residencies or their equivalents which the local Professional Standards Board determines to have provided an applicant with appropriate professional training.

  • Physical requirements. Outlined below.
  • English Language Proficiency. Physicians appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

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 Human Resources Office.

Note:Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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: Periods of long standing. Occasional lifting of moderately heavy objects. Long periods of sitting at a computer station. Rigid deadlines and the need for high degree of accuracy, high stress situations, and the ability to adapt work plans based on patient status.

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

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.

Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies.

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.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-11-01

Salary: $145,000 to $289,000 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VM 00

Series: 0602 Medical Officer

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: SU-17-KCB-1982519

Control number: 473961300