Health System Specialist

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/29/2023. 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-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. 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. Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR): An IOR is a basic requirement that must be met in order to qualify for entry into this job series, and it is something that can’t be waived. The education must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. To qualify for the GS 0671 occupational series, applicants MUST possess one of the following: Undergraduate and graduate education: Major study — hospital administration, public health administration, or related fields such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration. OR General Experience: Work that required a knowledge of the basic principles and practices related to the management of a health care delivery system. Such experience may have been gained as an administrative officer, management analyst, or administrative or clinical program manager or supervisor in a health care delivery system. AND Specialized experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-9) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Serves as the responsible contact for leading projects from initiation to completion and may be required to present the results to senior leadership. Analyzes and evaluates (quantitatively and qualitatively) the effectiveness of programs and operations in meeting established goals and objectives. Analyzes program performance data to identify issues and make recommendations for improvement. Uses communication tools such as TEAMS, SharePoint, specific websites to collect and dispense information. Makes updates to SharePoint site to improve communication and information sharing with all VA employees. Contacts and engages frequently with staff at all levels to facilitate the work of the office related to a variety of operations-focused assignments and projects initiated by senior leadership or program offices, or departmental offices. OR GS-11 Graduate Education: If you are using graduate education to qualify for this position, please use the following to determine if the education meets the requirements for this position. (You must submit a transcript as proof.) To qualify for the GS-11 level based on graduate education you must have: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (OR) 3 full years (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Your graduate education must have included course work in Health Care Administration. You must have graduate education with major of study in: Hospital Administration (OR) Public Health Administration (OR) A related field (Example: Business or Public Administration) OR Combination: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education (beyond a master’s degree) and specialized experience as described above to meet total experience requirements. The education portion must include graduate courses that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do to the work of this position (i.e., hospital administration, public health administration, or related fields such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration). NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Experience must be clearly indicated in your resume. Preferred experience (not required, but preferred): Facilitating and coordinating large-scale projects, including coordination of multiple workgroups on shared work. Awareness/use of project management approaches and tools for tracking project progress; collection and evaluation of data; research and analysis of programmatic and administrative issues. Mastery of communication tools such as Teams, SharePoint, and other Microsoft Office products to collect and dispense information. Coordination/event management for events, including large regional or national meetings with both internal and external staff. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Project Management Data Management Manages and organizes information Organizational Stewardship 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 is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. May require extensive aircraft, rail, automotive, or other forms of travel, as well as temporary overnight lodging in commercial or government facilities. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at
This position is in the Veterans Administration (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for the Office Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) and provides analysis and evaluation as well as project management work for OPCC&CT. The position is in the following division of OPCC&CT: Whole Health System Development.