Program Analysis Officer
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Washington, DC

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
This position is the senior Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR) program manager for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) iEHR Staff Office (SO) and liaison with the Interagency Program Office (IPO) located in Washington, DC. This position is organizationally aligned in the Health Informatics Division of the Office of Informatics and Analytics. This position provides liaison with the peer organizations of the Military Health System and the Department of Defense (DoD)/ VA IPO on numerous healthcare and health information technology (IT) projects focusing on the secure electronic exchange of patient and clinical data between the DoD and VA, along with directing the work of iEHR program operations staff. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Serves as the Program Manager for the VHA iEHR Staff Office;
Provides all aspects of management and program analysis, related to assigned health information technology projects and programs under the executive lead of the Director;
Leads and supervises a team of government and contract support analysts and subject matter experts that perform the activities related to the clinical oversight function of the iEHR;
Directs the VHA work of the iEHR program and assigned projects, including assessing policy, program and project feasibility;
Determines program goals and develops implementation strategies; and promotes an organizational structure;
Serves as a senior management official of a diverse, multi-professional team and is a recognized expert in the full scope of management and program analysis, works independently and has extensive quantitative and qualitative experience;
Advises and assists the Director with managerial and program management aspects of the office including planning, budgeting and control mechanisms as requested;
Participates in interagency departmental policy and planning deliberations ensure goals are met within the office;
Provides analysis of alternatives and other consultative support to the Director concerning all projects involving emerging interagency IT initiatives;
Serves as a primary liaison to the Interagency Program Office;
Contributes to an overall understanding of Departmental policies, directives, procedures, and their direct impact on patient care and the implementation of iEHR and related projects, including the Federal Health Care Center prototype;
Monitors contract and contractor performance and helps assure contractor adherence to critical program milestones and requirements;
Supports progress of critical interagency acquisitions and provision of deliverables against milestones and assures that appropriate actions are taken and documented to support acquisition requirements and contract management within the scope of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR);
Supervises employees within the program operations section of the iEHR SO;
Assigns, distributes and balances the workload among team members;
Prepares white papers, position papers and Executive Decision Memoranda putting forward recommendations.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Full-Time, 8:00am-4:30pm ***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
EXPERIENCE:
Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Program Analysis Officer.
Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level in Federal Service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience are:

Working in a health care environment as a senior Management and Program Analyst with comprehensive knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the development of health IT systems, providing a wide range of management support for electronic health records and ongoing program support of numerous health IT projects between agencies/organizations; serving in an advisory role, providing advice and assistance concerning complex health IT data sharing issues, including recommendations, guidance, and vision concerning management improvements, budgetary matters, communications and marketing strategies, program analysis and evaluation of technical software solutions.
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.
Knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to the development of health IT systems.
Knowledge of the substantive nature of health IT programs and activities as well as agency health IT program goals and objectives.
Knowledge of management principles and processes, analytical and evaluative methods and techniques for assessing program development or execution to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Knowledge of health information systems and current clinical data sharing initiatives.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
The work may require some physical effort, such as standing, walking, bending, or sitting. The work often requires long hours to meet program deadlines and to devise corrective action and solutions to unexpected management crises resulting in sometimes highly stressful work situations. The work requires almost constant use of a video display terminal. The work is primarily in an office setting involving everyday risks or discomforts. Normal safety precautions are adequate. Position is within a virtual organization. The work requires long periods under intense pressure with very short deadlines. This position requires extensive overnight travel to VA and DoD installations, and other locations engaged in Federal health care delivery associated with the interagency programs.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 6100 Oak Tree Blve
Suite 500
Independence, OH 44131

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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