The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now seeking executive candidates interested in a rewarding career as a VA Medical Center Director/CEO committed to spearheading the delivery of integrated care to a diverse population of Veterans.

VA is looking to fill 13 open Medical Center Director positions at sites around the country, including: Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and other small and large cities.

“VA Medical Center Directors/CEOs make key decisions that directly impact Veterans’ health and shape the careers of clinicians and support staff through mentoring and leadership development,” said Darren Sherrard, Associate Director of Recruitment Marketing.

Becoming a CEO of one of the more than 170 VA medical centers around the country means affecting the nature, scope, quality of care, and the medical center culture.

“Medical Center Directors are also in a unique position to positively impact the health of their communities through the effective management of a large organization, hiring of quality staff, and engagement of local partners to supplement VA services,” Sherrard said.

Choose VA for the chance to lead

Medical Center Directors recruit, train and lead doctors, nurses, clinicians, support staff and other career professionals who deliver patient-centered services. They determine how the Veterans’ healthcare system will modernize to meet new challenges and maintain the highest quality care that Veterans and their families need and deserve.

VA Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, Steve Young, is scheduled to retire in January 2019 after rising through the ranks to VA executive leader in charge of more than 25 program offices and 18 Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) — looked back at his time as a Medical Center Director as among the most rewarding part of his 41-year VA career.

Choose VA to make an impact

VA is looking for Medical Center Director/CEO candidates prepared to handle the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, coordinate and improve medical facility operations.
  • Possess the business acumen necessary to manage the healthcare organization’s information technology, financial systems, human resources and regulatory obligations.
  • Make decisions with a direct impact on the healthcare organization and programs.
  • Establish policies and procedures consistent with the strategic direction of the VISN and VA.
  • Build coalitions between federal, state and local governments; nonprofits; and private-sector organizations.
  • Foster positive relationships with the media, Congress, service, and volunteer organizations.

VA Senior Executive Service (SES) professionals receive competitive pay and a wide array of benefits, including medical and dental insurance and generous leave packages that include 49 days of paid time off annually. Federal employees also enjoy a robust retirement package consisting of a traditional defined benefit pension (5 years’ vesting) and a 401K-type program called the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) that offers up to 5% in employer matching contributions.

“The opportunity to be able to help mold an organizational culture that supports Veterans, that supports one another, that does so in a compassionate way … was one of the most fulfilling things I’ve been able to do,” he said.

Choose VA to provide quality care

Since its inception, VA has led healthcare innovation, including establishing its comprehensive electronic health record and patient-centered primary care model. Now VA is leading a whole-health revolution to meet Veterans’ overall health and life goals within and beyond the walls of the medical center and is amidst an Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM).

Thanks to these innovations — driven in large part by the leadership of VA Medical Center Directors/CEOs — VA facilities outperform community-based private-sector hospitals, according to a recent study by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont.

“Strong, effective VA facility leadership is crucial to guaranteeing that we consistently follow through on the commitment we’ve made to providing high-quality care to the millions of men and women who’ve served our country,” said Sherrard. “We look forward to evaluating great candidates for these gratifying careers soon.”

Choose VA today

VA Medical Center Directors are leading the delivery of healthcare for our nation’s Veterans. See if the choice of a career as a VA Medical Center Director is right for you.

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Published on Jan. 2, 2019

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One Comment

  1. D McMullan January 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Extremely disappointing that the recruitment of MCDs is not in keeping with getting the most-qualified forerunners. This article may be a great public service message, but the office responsible for racking and stacking candidates needs considerable attention if the VA is to get highly qualified and enthusiastic candidates.

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