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Health System Specialist

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

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Incumbent provides full staff assistance on administrative matters affecting the Northwest Network healthcare delivery system. Serves as the staff member directly managing the VISN Data Analysis Group under the Deputy Network Director and other members of the management team responsible.

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Major Duties include but are not limited to:

Maintains program requirements and criteria for health care operations. Reviews reports

involving trend analyses and ensures follow-up in these areas for conformity. Reviews

materials and monitors services with regard to compliance with the standards of internal and

external accrediting agencies. Alerts superior of those areas where possible discrepancies exist

with recommendations for initiating intervention.

Monitors data in order to make recommendations that address customer concerns while not

compromising the quality of health care provided. Recommends action or adjustments

necessary to achieve required objectives.

Provide input into the design of projects, the structure of information management systems, and

recommend appropriate methodologies, including applicable statistical analyses, for planned

activities that will result in new or improved process solutions.

Monitors changes in clinical and administrative data systems in VA and provides

recommendations to management staff to revise data extraction and analysis methods as


Develops management options to deal with complex VISN planning and implementation issues.

Ensures that proposals/initiatives submitted for VISN approval are complete and all

implementation requirements are accurately identified. Incumbent ensures integration of all

planning initiatives in terms of phasing and monitoring implementation of programs.

Recommends action or adjustments necessary to achieve required objectives.

Compiles final reports, including comprehensive analyses; notes discrepancies and planned

initiatives for effecting remedial actions. Establishes process controls to ensure

recommendations and actions are completed as approved. Implements solutions after

concurrence of supervisor. Monitors action items within the organization and ensures

appropriate progress to remedy problems and ensure risk management. Incumbent is

responsible for identifying problems that involve new or revised policies or procedures and

brings them to the attention of senior VISN management for appropriate action. Responsible for

obtaining timely actions, responses or decisions on request within and to the VISN and ensures

they are consistent with VISN policy.

Preferred Experience: Team Lead must be a skilled developer and communicator with a focus on maintaining a productive workforce and a high-value inventory.

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 0500-1330; 0600-1430; 0700-1530; 0800-1630 (PST)

Virtual: This is a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Health System Specialist/PD101750

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet time in grade and specialized experience requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 06/11/2021.

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 within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. 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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Expert analyst who has mastered the application of a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness or the improvement of complex management processes and systems. Requires comprehensive knowledge of the range of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the administration of one or more important public programs. This includes knowledge of agency program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key program events and milestones, and methods of evaluating the worth of program accomplishments. Knowledge of relationships with other programs and key administrative support functions within the employing agency or in other agencies, knowledge of data and statistical analysis techniques, operations research techniques (e.g., simulation, linear programming, high level computer languages (e.g. SQL, Visual Basic, C#, CSS, JavaScript)), methods of problem definition and analysis, interactive database manipulation.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quality Management
  • Technical Documentation

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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Vancouver , Health System Specialist, Other , Vancouver, Washington

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