The Chief of Staff (COS) reports to the Medical Center Director and is a full member of the Executive Leadership Team. The Chief of Staff provides leadership of clinical care, with an emphasis on promotion of access to high quality health care for veterans as well as patient safety. The Chief of Staff is actively involved in NMVAHCS’s leadership and management of resources, organizational performance improvement, patient and employee satisfaction, environment of care and strategic planning.

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VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.

Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be Authorized to a highly qualified applicant

Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): May be Authorized to a highly qualified applicant

Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized

Leadership and Organizational Representation

  • Promotes the development of health care professionals in the health care system through counseling, mentoring, teaching, and encouraging self-assessment.
  • Contributes to an environment that provides educational activity, and administrative planning and evaluation based on integration and application of current health care principles.
  • Establishes mechanisms whereby the health care system administration, and other VHA components are informed, in a timely manner, of clinical program developments that affect them.
  • Takes an active role as a health care system management team member, providing advice and counsel in defining and accomplishing the health care system and VACO mission and goals.
  • Represents the health care system, internally and externally, in such a manner as to reflect positively on the health care system, the VISN and the VHA.
  • Serves as professional liaison of the health care system to DVA and Federal facilities, the community, affiliates, media, congressional offices, and constituent organizations.
  • Maintains and promotes high ethical and clinical standards that are carried into decision making processes.
  • Promotes constructive problem resolution in an environment of competing priorities.
  • Monitors and ensures staff compliance with agency regulations, medical staff by-laws, rules and regulations, VA facility policies, Joint Commission standards and other appropriate regulations and creates an environment of system-oriented quality improvement.
  • Ensures all Veterans receive safe, quality, efficient, timely, and appropriate care with the highest professional and ethical standards and quality of care.
  • Ensures the highest level of performance by medical staff members through appropriate delineation of clinical privileges, ongoing performance evaluations, orientation, and use of continuous quality improvement practices.
  • Completes performance evaluations of assigned service line managers and clinical service chiefs.
  • Responsible for standard of medical care and professional integration of services across service lines.
  • Directs the medical staff governance, by-laws and credentialing and privileging.

Program Management

  • Promotes an effective mix, coordination, and support of health care system clinical programs by evaluating current and potential patient population needs, clinical workload and resources, special program mandates and cost/benefit analysis making recommendations to the Facility Director ensuring implementation of approved clinical proposals.
  • Provides advice to health care system staff through policy guidance and activities on behalf of patients and their clinical care. Accomplishes health care system clinical program goals consistent with available resources and participates in the allocation of facility resources and modification of programs to best meet needs of the Veteran population.
  • Demonstrates commitment to recruitment and retention of high-quality clinical staff.
  • Demonstrates commitment to facility research program goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates commitment to achieving EEO goals and objectives.
  • Ensures the productivity of clinical staff.

Organizational Effectiveness

  • Achieves corporate objectives in quality of services and programs throughout the health care system, as evaluated by internal indicators, regulatory reviews and accreditation, and patient satisfaction data.
  • Ensures continuous improvement relative to the quality, value and access of health care services.
  • Utilizes persuasive and facilitative skills, influences the quality, access to, and effectiveness of all medical programs through direct line leadership and collaboration with Service Chiefs. The COS promotes standards of clinical competence and conduct for staff which are maintained through compliance with the credentialing and privileging processes, monitoring and evaluation of clinical practice, peer review, and appropriate quality assurance activities.

Credentialing and Privileging

  • Authority and accountability of credentialing and privileging as Chair of the Medical Executive Council (MEC).
  • Interprets regulatory and legal issues, monitoring medical staff and other licensed independent practitioner’s compliance and quality of practice.
  • Initiates appropriate actions such as discipline, revocation or suspension of all or selected individual privileging.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday; 8:00Am -4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • 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.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.


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

  • 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.

Residents currently enrolled in ACGME/AOA accredited residency training programs and who would otherwise meet the basic requirements for appointment are eligible to be appointed as “Physician Resident Providers” (PRPs). PRPs must be fully licensed physicians (i.e., not a training license) and may only be appointed on an intermittent or fee-basis. PRPs are not considered independent practitioners and will not be privileged; rather, they are to have a “scope of practice” that allows them to perform certain restricted duties under supervision. Additionally, surgery residents in gap years may also be appointed as PRPs.

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience:

  • Board Certified Physician in their respective specialty
  • 3-5 years managing a large clinical service
  • 5-10 years of Supervisory experience
  • MBA or MHA Degree
  • FACHE, FACS or other professional credentials

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties in an outpatient setting under normal and emergent conditions. light lifting under 15 lbs; reaching above shoulder; both hands required, walking or standing up to 2 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near/far vision correctable; hearing aid permitted. This is a clinical outpatient care or office environment. There are no special demands for the office environment. The clinical work environment will require occasional personal protective equipment, cleaning, sterile procedure and other precautions specified by NMVAHCS Infection Control and Risk Management. Works both alone, and closely with others.


Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from an institution whose accreditation was in place for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

  • Schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the year in which the degree was granted, or
  • Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.
  • For foreign medical graduates not covered in (1) or (2) above, facility officials must verify with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) that the applicant has met requirements for certification, and must obtain a copy of the ECFMG certificate, if claimed by the applicant. [If the applicant does not claim an ECFMG certificate, facility officials must still confirm that the medical school meets (or met) ECFMG eligibility requirements for the year the candidate graduated.]

NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C.

  • 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to a research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate’s credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

Additional information

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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.

Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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Raymond G Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1501 San Pedro Drive, Southeast

Albuquerque, NM 87108