Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Associate Chief of Staff- Primary Care (Physician) in Fort Harrison, Montana

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1979894

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 ACOS-PC is stationed at the Fort Harrison Medical Center and has clinical duties assigned in the Primary Care clinic at Fort Harrison or as otherwise determined. This is a full-time (1.0 FTEE) position which requires an approximate 50% administrative time commitment, which may vary depending on the needs of the organization.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Netty Voshall at (406) 447- 6138 in Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Referrals will be made every week until a selection is made


The Associate Chief of Staff for Primary Care (ACOS-PC) is responsible to the Chief of Staff (COS) and the Medical Center Director for the primary care services. The primary duty of the ACOS-PC is to oversee, lead, direct and mentor competent and motivated staff dedicated to providing high quality and effective patient-centered care to the Veterans of VA Montana Health Care System. The incumbent is responsible for the direct management and oversight of clinical and administrative operations within the primary care services which consists of over 40 PACT teams located at the primary care clinic at Fort Harrison and the 14 VA Montana Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The supervisory role includes the monitoring, review and assignment of healthcare providers' workload, clinical effectiveness and efficiency, coordination of work schedules and the responsibility for clinical performance measures. The incumbent works closely with other leaders within the primary care service line and the organization to ensure optimization of resources, and delivery of effective and efficient patient care. Additionally, her/his participates in administrative, management, quality assurance, and other activities, meetings or committees as necessary or assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm or as agreed upon with the incumbent expected to be available for duty outside of regular duty hours as listed. NOTE: Candidates must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.

Functional Statement Title/#: ACOS- Primary Care (Physician)/000000/ Non-BU

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for training and other work related duties.
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.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • 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.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

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: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours);standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far-vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.

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

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.

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: 2017-06-26 to 2017-11-30

Salary: $120,000 to $262,000 / per year

Pay scale & grade: VM 15

Series: 0602 Medical Officer

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VC-17-140R-1979894-RMF

Control number: 473074900