Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Primary Care Physician Assistant in Fargo, North Dakota

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The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics have been established. The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

This position is open to physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner applicants

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1630. Extended hours clinic on Tuesday evening and Saturday morning on a rotating basis (approximately once every 12 weeks)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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  • Primary care providers will be responsible for the delivery of primary care to patients enrolled in their panels at the Fargo VA Healthcare System. The provider will manage scheduled and unscheduled patients in the outpatient clinic setting.

  • Primary care providers in the outpatient setting are typically assigned a panel of patients to manage. Panel size is determined by utilizing VHA PCMM software. Panel size is determined at the National level, through a complex formula which extracts local information regarding acuity of assigned patients, available support staff, number of exam rooms, etc. Each provider's panel size is specific to their practice and setting.

  • Alternative or collateral duties may include management of a subsection of primary care patients. The subsection may be defined either by a disease status (e.g. spinal cord injury patients), or demographic status (women veterans etc). Typically these duties are designated at the time of joining but occasionally during the course of employment, participation in special projects pertinent to the assigned section may be necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: It is anticipated that approximately 10-15% of this position will involve management of Spinal Cord Injury patients as well as serving as the facility's MOVE! Weight Management provider champion. Additional training will be provided to the incumbent as necessary

  • Providers are expected to act as "surrogates" for the patients of their colleagues, when one or more of their colleagues are on leave.

  • All providers need to follow departmental and VHA policies for leave and attendance and will work within Title 38 appointment guidelines. Leave should be requested in as much advance as possible to minimize disruption to patient care services. All unscheduled absences must be properly communicated.

  • Quality of care should be able to meet professional standards at all times.

  • All providers will work within their privileges at all times, unless necessitated by an emergency.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

** Not permitted to hire non-US citizens when there are qualified US citizens available. For this reason, CVs must clearly identify citizenship-immigration status. Applications from H1, J1 visa holders will be reviewed.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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0603 Physician Assistant

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • 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 a background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Graduate of a Physician Assistant training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education. * Current, full, active and unrestricted CERTIFICATE as a physician assistant from the National Commission on Certification of Physician's Assistants (NCCPA) or recent graduate who is eligible to take Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). * Proficiency in spoken and written English. * Physical requirements outlined below.

FULL GRADE Basic qualifications of citizenship, education, certification, and English language proficiency; along with the ability to demonstrate Clinical Competencies (Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development, Ethics, Interpersonal Skills, and Research

INTERMEDIATE GRADE Meet the basic qualifications with one year of professional practice as a Physician Assistant or Successful completion of a Physician Assistant post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or y the US Armed Forces; or a Master's degree from a Physician Assistant training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education and have the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the Clinical Competencies (Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development, Ethics, Interpersonal Skills, and Research).

SENIOR GRADE Meet the basic qualifications with 3 years of professional practice as a Physician Assistant ; or 2 years of professional practice as a Physician Assistant and successful completion of a Physician Assistant post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or 2 years of professional practice as a Physician Assistant and a Master's degree from a Physician Assistant training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or a Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and be able to demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment.

CHIEF GRADE Meet the basic qualifications with 5 years of professional practice as a Physician Assistant and can you demonstrate the behaviors in one of the following areas: Management/ Administrative and Clinical Competencies (Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development, Ethics, Interpersonal Skills, and Research); and, the minimum education for this grade is a Master's Degree from a Physician Assistant training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. Experience as a Physician Assistant may be substituted for the Master's degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.

References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 Physician Assistant Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is Chief. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of Full to Chief.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; straight pulling intermittent hours; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing 8 hours; occasional kneeling; repeated bending; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; specific visual correction to read fine print; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of color; hearing (aid permitted); and mental/emotional stability.


IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physician assistants at the rate of 8 hours per pay period-26 days per leave year.

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

Applicants will be referred as applications are received.

Recruitment Incentives: Incentives are authorized for highly qualified candidates who possess unique skills and competencies.

Education Debt Relief Program: You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Relief Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to .

Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

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.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE:**Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • 10-2850c
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850c can be found at:;=&Action;=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklistto ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/04/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information

701-239-3700 X2353




Fargo VA Medical Center 2101 Elm Street Fargo, ND US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 06/04/2018

Salary: $70,171 to $125,590 per year

Pay scale & grade: VN 00

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent