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VA Boston Healthcare System - Veterans Health Administration
Visas Accepted:None
Specialty:Family Practice
Opportunity Description:

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, women’s 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 you’re 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


  • 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
Practice Type: Multi spec.gr., Employee, Academic
Available Date:
Facility Description:

VA Boston Healthcare System's consolidated facility consists of the Jamaica Plain campus, located in the heart of Boston's Longwood Medical Community; the West Roxbury campus, located on the Dedham line; and the Brockton campus, located 20 miles south of Boston in the City of Brockton.

Community Based Outpatient Clinics

In addition to our main facilities in Brockton, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, we offer services in four community based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in —

 - Boston (Causeway Street), Massachusetts
 - Framingham, Massachusetts 
 - Lowell, Massachusetts
 - Plymouth, Massachusetts  - 
 - Quincy, Massachusetts


VA Boston Healthcare System exists to serve the veteran through the delivery of timely quality care by staff who demonstrate outstanding customer service, the advancement of health care through research, and the education of tomorrow's health care providers.

VA Boston Healthcare System will be recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as a leader in quality patient care, positive customer service, medical/allied health education, health-related research, and employment opportunities.

Key Business Drivers
Our key business drivers are quality, financial integrity, patient satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.


Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.

Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual responsibilities and organizational responsibilities.

Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.

Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.

Excellence: Strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes, and rigorous in correcting them.

Community Description:

Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Boston is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999.  The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 667,137 in 2015,  making it the largest city in New England and the 23rd most populous city in the United States.  The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.7 million people in 2014 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country.  Alternately, as a Combined Statistical Area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.1 million people, making it the sixth-largest as such in the United States.

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon U.S. independence from Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture.  Through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the original peninsula. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing over 20 million visitors per year.  Boston's many firsts include the United States' first public school, Boston Latin School (1635), first subway system, the Tremont Street Subway (1897), and first public park, Boston Common (1634).

The area's many colleges and universities make Boston an international center of higher education, including law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is considered to be a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship with nearly 2,000 startups.  Boston's economic base also includes finance, professional and business services, biotechnology, information technology, and government activities.  Households in the city claim the highest average rate of philanthropy in the United States; businesses and institutions rank among the top in the country for environmental sustainability and investment.  The city has one of the highest costs of living in the United States as it has undergone gentrification, though it remains high on world livability rankings.


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