VA needs new executives to lead medical centers in 11 cities, plus 45,000 other vacancies

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Think you could manage the VA better than it is now? 

Interested in five weeks of paid vacation, a federal pension, premium-paid insurance and a "competitive salary"? 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for executives to lead 11 of its medical centers across the U.S., "trailblazers who can inspire and lead change in veterans' care," according to VA. 

VA needs leaders for:

  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Beckley, W. Va.
  • Big Spring, Texas
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Fargo, N.D. 
  • Leeds, Mass.
  • Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Saint Cloud, Minn.
  • Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

The executive directors of each medical center direct patient care delivery, set goals, make major facility decisions and plan ahead, according to VA, building relationships with federal agencies, media, local and state government and community organizations while remaining responsible for the finances and overall operation of their facility. 

VA has a shadowed track record of local and agency leadership, with many Inspector General reports citing lack of leadership, oversight and high turnover in leadership positions for major issues affecting veteran care across the country for years. 

VA last year reported at least 45,239 vacancies nationwide, out of 419,353 full-time positions -- or about 11 percent. VA is one of the largest federal organizations in the U.S. 

VA has an overall budget of more than $200 billion and received a 10 percent bump in Congressional defense spending bills to be negotiated between chambers this year. 

Benefits for the job include more than five weeks of paid vacation time, nearly three weeks of sick leave and 10 federal holidays. Those paid days off add up to about 19 percent of the total working year -- close to 1 of every five working days. 

VA is also searching for associate and assistant directors, associate directors for patient care services, nurse executives, chiefs of staff in several cities and other leadership positions. 

For more information, or to apply, click here

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