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Show your leadership skills as a VA chief of staff

Take the leadership reins and take your medical career to the next level with a role as a chief of staff here at VA. Facilities throughout the country have opportunities to step into this important leadership role and be an emissary for care in service to Veterans.

“VA offers an excellent opportunity to show our reverence for our national heroes while we offer our care, expertise, and talents in several different ways,” said Dr. Hussain Haideri, M.D., acting associate chief of staff of primary care at the VA Northern California Health Care System.

“Working for VA is a way to be a part of a dynamic team that has dedicated professionals, who collectively strive to make a difference while we excel and grow in our professional capacities,” he added.

From New York to Nevada and everywhere in between, our chiefs of staff and their deputies undertake numerous responsibilities, but also enjoy many, many rewards.

Administrative responsibilities

As a chief of staff at VA, you’ll work with administrators, clinicians, and specialists throughout your facility. You’ll be a member of the executive leadership team at your facility, and your obligations will run wide and deep. 

Your specific duty will be to preside over the medical staff and assure clinical excellence, but that can affect many other departments, including fiscal services, the business office, human resources, and more.

Chiefs of staff know the path to our best performance journey, and in this role, you embrace a culture of improvement through continuous and supportive development.

Research responsibilities

VA has been at the forefront of research and development for decades. This research has significantly contributed to advancements in medical care for Veterans, because we know part of health care is about finding new ways to help people feel better, faster. 

Thousands of studies are conducted at VA facilities each year, and chiefs of staff support these efforts, ensuring that the research planned and conducted is scientifically rigorous, but above all ethical and respectful of our Veterans.

If you’ve developed a clinical research plan and believe in advocating for research in the pursuit of the highest quality care, your experience would be valuable as a chief of staff.

Educational responsibilities

Just as you work to maintain your own clinical skills and expand your horizons as a leader, you’ll need to make sure the members of your team do the same. Chiefs of staff maintain and support continuing medical educational standards for the medical staff.

In turn, VA medical centers are often training grounds for new physicians, with more than 70% of U.S. physicians having received some training at a VA health care facility. As a chief of staff, you’ll be the one helping to shepherd the next generation of clinicians.

If you have a history of developing strong relationships with academic affiliates and community health organizations, you can excel as a chief of staff.

Clinical responsibilities

You are still a medical professional at heart, and our Veterans deserve the benefit of your clinical expertise. That’s why our chiefs of staff maintain a full clinical workload in addition to their management duties.

Even as you take on a leadership role within your facility, you’ll still see patients and interact with your partners in the Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), regardless of your clinical specialty. This will keep you connected to the work we do and the Veterans we serve.

As a chief of staff, you know it is your core responsibility to make sure all Veterans receive high quality care with the highest professional standards.

Employment benefits

At VA, you’ll also find a tight-knit team of highly qualified and driven management professionals working to improve the overall Veteran experience by providing a healing environment for their care.

In return for your diligence and willingness to work for the good of Veterans, you’ll have access to plenty of perks, including competitive salaries, job security, and work/life balance. In addition to these employment benefits, you’ll receive:

  • Generous time off. Earn up to 26 vacation days each year, accrue unlimited paid sick leave, enjoy 11 paid federal holidays, and receive 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Robust federal retirement plan. Enjoy a defined benefit plan (pension) after only 5 years of vesting and a 401(k)-type plan with up to 5% in employer contributions.
  • Education support. We can help you repay student debt, reimburse you for tuition, and help you earn free continuing medical education (CME) credits.

You’ll also be part of a deeply rewarding mission—improving the quality of life for the brave men and women who risk so much to protect our freedom.

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At VA, we are united by a common mission—to serve those who have bravely served their country. 

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