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Deputy Director, Primary & Ambulatory Care
VA Boston Healthcare System
Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts

You are invited to consider applying for the position Deputy Director of Primary and Ambulatory Care.
Come join an interdisciplinary executive leadership team with a passion for primary care transformation and innovation. The VA Boston primary care service cares for 30,000 patients across 10 practices in the Greater Boston area. VA BHS is a leader in delivering patient-centered care, is a 5-star, level 1A facility with academic affiliations including Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. VA Boston HCS is perennially named in the Boston Globe Best Places to Work.

In this position your time will be split between approximately 60% administrative and 40% clinical work. Administrative responsibilities will include: leading performance improvement initiatives, recruitment & hiring of primary care providers, managing a float pool of providers, coordinating medical student experiences within the service, and overseeing the peer review process for the service line. Candidates with interests in team-based case, patient-centered care, telemedicine, and/or clinical informatics are encouraged to apply.

Your clinical practice could be in one of several different clinical locations and will depend on the interests and experience of the candidate as well and the needs of the service. Options include one of the two academic practices with resident continuity clinics, womens health clinic, or a general primary care clinic.

Primary care at VA Boston is being redesigned to provide proactive, personalized and patient-driven care to optimize health status and to promote healthy living. VA Primary Care Providers (PCPs) manage a complex panel of patients, providing comprehensive medical care, emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management. PCPs deliver care within Patient Aligned Care teams where each patient has longitudinal relationships with their PCP and care team. Larger practices have integrated behavioral health, clinical pharmacists, dieticians, and social workers. Panel sizes are approximately 1200 patients per full-time physician and appointment lengths are 60 minutes for new patients and 30 minutes for all other appointments. Providers are trained in patient-centered communication skills. Complementary and integrative therapies are increasing available.

You should be board-certified in internal medicine or family practice with at least 3 years experience in clinical leadership. Experience with Lean Six Sigma or other quality improvement framework work is a plus.

If impacting the care for our veterans in a positive way is something that appeals to you and youre seeking a work/life balance and benefits that are hard to beat and would like more information about this position, email your full CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant for the VA New England region at don.rainwater@va.gov. Your inquiry will be held in confidence.

Whether you're interested in academics, research, or a better work/life balance, you'll find the VA has a lot to offer, including the unmatched satisfaction you'll get from caring for those who have served our country. In addition to competitive pay and liability protection, the VA also offers a robust benefits plan that includes:

Paid Time Off:
208 Hours paid annual (vacation/personal) leave you can carry over up to 86 days into a new year
104 Hours paid sick leave per year with unlimited carry over! Unused sick leave can be used to extend creditable service time at retirement!
10 Paid federal holidays with pay
Possible 5 Days paid Authorized Absence to attend CME

Insurance:
Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA)
Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government.
Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:
VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
How is the pension funded? VA employees hired after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee's salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee's salary
Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2016, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000
The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
Disability Retirement
Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years' service
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), under the Department of Veterans Affairs, serves the needs of America's Veterans by providing primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services. To accomplish this mission, VHA strives to be a comprehensive, integrated health care system that provides excellence in health care value, excellence in service as defined by its customers, and excellence in education and research. Join VA -The Best Care-The Best Careers.

Careers in virtually all specialties, with opportunities to be involved in research and academics and remember - with one unrestricted license, you can practice anywhere! Great benefits and leadership programs to boot!