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Deputy Chief of Staff JOA

Department of Veterans Affairs
Charleston, South Carolina
Closing date
Jul 30, 2024

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General Practice
Full Time
Position Type
Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest-level quality for more than 75,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The Ralph H. Johnson VA is rated is the second fastest growing VA in the U.S. for percentage patient growth. For the past three years, the Charleston VA has been rated a 5-Star medical center for quality and efficiency, the highest possible rating according to VA's Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value (SAIL) model. The 152-bed hospital includes six outpatient clinics, a 20-bed nursing home, women's health, and the full range of inpatient and outpatient care including Medical and Surgical Intensive Care. The VAMC provides more than 934,000 outpatient visits and approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The VAMC has an annual budget of $525 million and research funding of more than $28 million.
For more information, visit Us | VA Charleston Health Care | Veterans Affairs

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System provides you with outstanding health care, trains America's future health care providers, and conducts important medical research. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System services more than 75,000 Veterans in a region that includes more than 15,000 square miles. For the past three years, the Charleston VA has been rated a 5-Star medical center for quality and efficiency, the highest possible rating according to VA's Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value (SAIL) model. We provide you with health care services at 7 locations, serving a 21-county area in South Carolina and Georgia. Facilities include our Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston and 6 community-based outpatient clinics in Beaufort, North Charleston, Goose Creek, Hinesville, Myrtle Beach, and Savannah. We're an innovative care center within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 7 (VISN 7), which includes medical centers and clinics in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Authorized up to fifteen percent of the approved salary.
Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases.

Salary Range based on experience: $275,000 - $325,000.
Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting.

The Deputy Chief of Staff is fully responsible to the Chief of Staff for programs of patient care and/or the educational activities of the clinical services. The Deputy COS is a full assistant to the COS and collaborates with the Senior Executive Leadership Team in the planning, direction, coordination, and supervision of administrative activities inherent in the care of patients. The Deputy Chief of Staff takes an active role in coordinating and integrating clinical and support programs to meet the needs of veterans; ensuring medical staff compliance with regulations, medical staff bylaws, facility policies, Joint Commission standards, performance measures and other appropriate regulations developing and monitoring quality improvement measures for process improvement; evaluating clinical workload and resources for existing and program requirements; conducting cost/benefit analyses regarding new services and program expansions; providing advice and counsel in defining and accomplishing the facility's mission and goals; establishing policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure continuous comprehensive services; and developing and maintaining a good working relationship with the affiliated medical school. The Deputy COS works alongside of the Chief of Staff and second Deputy COS to formulate and recommend plans for a comprehensive program of medical care.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic requirements as well as any additional requirements (if applicable) listed in the job announcement. Applicants pending the completion of training or license requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Currently employed physician(s) in VA who met the requirements for appointment under the previous qualification standard at the time of their initial appointment are deemed to have met the basic requirements of the occupation.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA 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.
  • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, 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 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), b) OR
    [(2) Those approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),OR
    (3) Other residencies (non-US residency training programs followed by a minimum of five years of verified practice in the United States), which the local Medical Staff Executive Committee deems to have provided the applicant with appropriate professional training and believes has exposed the physician to an appropriate range of patient care experiences.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Additional Requirement: Leadership experience.

    Preferred Experience:
    More than two years of Management/Leadership experience within a complex Medical Center

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