Associate Chief of Staff for Research Opportunity in Beautiful Augusta, Georgia

Opportunity Criteria

SpecialtyAcademic : Research
Candidate TypeMD, DO
Visa AcceptedNo J1 or H1
Salary RangeNot Specified
Loan RepaymentNot Specified
Employment TypeNot Specified
Bonuses OfferedNone

Charlie Norwood VAMC is seeking a physician who is an enthusiastic leader to Chief a robust Research program.


Charlie Norwood VAMC is seeking a candidate who is an enthusiastic leader to Chief a robust Research program.

Charlie Norwood VA System is looking for candidate who is an enthusiastic leader to Chief a robust Research program. The Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS-R), along with the research service team will formulate goals and objectives of the research program, as well as planning, developing, and directing the complex scientific and administrative activities necessary to advance the program.  The ACOS-R has leadership responsibility for all administrative and budgetary operations of the Research Service and ensures that programs meet all regulatory compliance requirements.


The Augusta Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC) is a level 1a, medical school affiliated, two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in Medicine, Surgery, Specialty Care, Neurology, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehab, Primary Care, Geriatrics, and a dedicated Spinal Cord Institute serving a multi-state catchment area. The Medical Center is affiliated with the Augusta University [AU], in Augusta, GA and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical center, integrating clinical care, teaching, and research, making it an attractive academic and research Medical Center.

  • Work Hours: Administrative day tour, Monday through Friday, 0730-1600
  • Relocation Incentive authorized
  • PCS Expenses authorized
  • Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes


  • Participates in planning, organizing, coordinating, and controlling complex clinical Research program. Participates in long-range program planning and model development for effective research.
  • Monitors and analyzes new legislation, regulations, policies, program initiatives, and requirements.
  • Supports effective labor/management relations in compliance with OPM, VHA, and Medical Center regulations. Works to ensure that the intent of labor/management partnerships and affirmative action goals are adhered to and met.
  • Supervises all Research Service staff, either directly or through subordinate supervisors, and assures all Human Resources regulations are followed.
  • Develops and/or reviews and approves policies and procedures for administering the organization's research program.
  • Advises on all matters related to developing, issuing, and implementing local policies for the research program.
  • Establishes program emphasis and operating guidelines; setting priorities, determining resources needs, allocating resources, and accounting for their effective use; identifying and obtaining funding from a variety of sources; dealing with a broad spectrum of factors that impact the program such as public relations, other federal agencies, and the affiliated medical school(s) and hospital(s).
  • Reviews and approves the development of policies to protect human subjects, the care and use of animal subjects, and research safety.
  • Participates in planning, organizing, coordinating, and controlling complex clinical Research programs. Participates in long-range program planning and model development for effective research.
  • Promotes and participates in presenting research findings at local, state, national, or professional meetings.
  • Publications in refereed scientific journals widely read within the incumbent's field, particularly as first or senior author.
  • Membership on national scientific advisory or grant review committees and/or editorial boards of scientific journals.
  • Reviews and approves reports required by oversight agencies of incidents (adverse events, unanticipated problems), complaints, or other requested information.
  • Consult with principal investigators and serve as a resource for scientific and technical issues.
  • Provides and/or reviews and approves written and oral guidance to members of the public, including complainants and the regulated community, regarding issues about the protection of human subjects.
  • Maintains effective interdepartmental relationships demonstrating active problem resolution skills and close cooperation with other programs and services in accomplishing the medical facility mission and goals.
  • Oversees the resolution to any problems that may arise within the Research Service.
  • Conducts program assessments and apprise the R&D Committee of current status.
  • An active role in the training of young scientists and formal academic teaching.
  • Evaluates and provides expert advice and consultation to researchers and clinicians involved in research.

Preferred Experience:

  • Current research experience in healthcare system. 
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role in a research institution or program.
  • Eligible for associate professor or full professor level academic appointment at university affiliate.
  • Record of distinguished accomplishments and proficiency in peer reviewed research and administration to include research publications and funding, VA Merit Award submissions and/or Non-VA grant submissions, mentoring experience, and promoting a progressive and dynamic work environment in a complex academic environment.
  • Experience in working in health care systems and VA research enterprises with an academic affiliation.


Located near the South Carolina border, Augusta, Georgia, is the state's second largest metropolitan area.  A very low cost of living, stable real estate market and excellent schools and neighborhoods makes Augusta an ideal place to call home.  Augusta is probably best known for its golf courses. The scenic Augusta National Golf Club hosts the Masters Tournament every year.    In the downtown area, the Augusta Riverwalk and Amphitheatre, located along the Savannah River, features Saturday farmers markets and Sunday jazz concerts that take place along the river. Sports fans can cheer on the Augusta Green Jackets baseball team.

VA Benefits

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 11 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • 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-RAE basic benefits (pension), and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees 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 2020, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $19,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $25,500.
  • 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

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel 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.

About the Facility:

Augusta is a two-division Medical Center that provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The Downtown Division is authorized 155 beds (58 medicine, 37 surgery, and 60 spinal cord injury). The Uptown Division, located approximately three miles away, is authorized 285 beds (68 psychiatry, 60 domiciliary, 15 blind rehabilitation and a 142-bed Restorative Care Center comprised of 132 nursing home care beds and 40 rehabilitation beds).

Through the Joint Venture for Shared Services agreement with Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Army surgeons perform neurosurgery at the Augusta VAMC for both VA patients and DoD beneficiaries. In addition, Cardio-thoracic surgery is performed at Eisenhower Army Medical Center for VA and DoD patients by Army surgeons. The Joint Venture for Shared Services provides for the cost-effective sharing of resources between these two federal health care facilities.

The medical center enjoys a strong affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia. The Augusta VAMC provides medical and allied health training to an average of more than 1000 students and residents annually. Additional health training affiliations exist with 50 academic institutions.

Facility & Address

  • Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
  • Augusta GA


Contact Information

Tim Coleman



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