Office Of The Secretary Washington , DC 20001
The Under Secretary for Health leads the country's largest integrated health care system and is directly responsible to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration. The terms of appointment, qualifications, and pay are stipulated by law (38 USC 305). The position serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. Total compensation will be determined by the individual's qualifications.
The Under Secretary for Health (USH) is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Nation's largest integrated health care system. The four statutory missions of VHA are: 1) to develop, maintain, and operate a national health care delivery system for eligible veterans; 2) to administer a program of education and training for health care personnel; 3) health care research; and 4) contingency support for the Department of Defense and Public Health Service during times of war or national emergency.
The USH assures delivery of timely, appropriate, cost-effective services to more than 9 million veterans enrolled in VA health care. VHA has a special responsibility to care for veterans with service-connected disabilities and is responsible for specialized services, such as; care for spinal cord injury, mental illness, substance abuse and other conditions.
The VA health care system provides care and social support services to veterans through a system of 151 hospitals, 995 ambulatory care and community based outpatient clinics, 300 Vet Centers and 70 mobile Vet Centers, 135 nursing home care units, 103 VA Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs, 7 Centralized Mail Out Pharmacies, 207 counseling centers, and contract programs, all of which are administered through 21 regional networks, a national headquarters and other support offices.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
US citizenship is required.
Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
Successful completion of a background investigation.
Complete White House Presidential Personnel vetting process successfully.
Drug Testing Required.
Candidates for the Under Secretary position must be highly effective leaders who have demonstrated experience in overseeing or directing the operations of a large health care enterprise. Candidates must be committed to the high quality care of our Nation's Veterans, implement the Secretary's vision to transform VA, and serve as an accountable and innovative steward of the human capital and financial resources of the VHA.
By law, the Under Secretary for Health shall be appointed solely on the basis of:
Demonstrated ability in the medical or allied health profession, in health care administration and policy formulation, and in health care fiscal management; and
Substantial experience in connection with the programs of the Veterans Health Administration or programs of similar content and scope.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Additional Agency Contact: Lucrecia Murdock, / email:
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Step 1: Minimum qualifications.
Step 2: Screening by Executive Board to determine group of candidates to be considered by the Commission.
Step 3: The Commission interviews the most qualified candidates.
Step 4: The Commission recommends the final candidates for consideration by the Secretary and the President.
You will be evaluated based upon your resume, application or curriculum vitae, and an interview if invited to appear before the Commission.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application for this position includes the following items: Resume or Curriculum Vitae
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