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Veterans Affairs, Department of

Veterans Home Commandant - Career Executive - Re-Announcement
Job Announcement Code(s): 17-01550

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Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting salary is between $93,600 and $114,400 depending on candidate qualifications, plus an attractive benefits package. This position is in pay schedule and range 81-01. Pay on appointment for current and eligible former State employees will be set in accordance with the WI Compensation Plan. A two-year Career Executive trial period may be required.
J Lea Roberts, Human Resources Specialist-Senior, 608-266-3344,
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This position will be announced until the needs of the Department are met. Review of applicant materials will take place on 08/28/2017. The previous publication date was 08/01/2017. The previous deadline date was 08/15/2017.
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The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
"Making a difference in the lives of Wisconsin veterans"

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is currently recruiting for a Veterans Home Administrator to serve as the Commandant/Chief Executive Officer of our Wisconsin Veterans Home at King (WVHK). The Veterans Home is a skilled-nursing and assisted-living, long-term-care facility dedicated to providing services to Wisconsin Veterans and their families. The facility is set on 42 tree-lined acres located off Highway 10 between Stevens Point and Appleton.

NOTE: This position was previously announced. The updated maximum appointment salary has increased to $114,400 per year.

Top Reasons to Work for the Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Team-oriented atmosphere
  • Excellent work/life balance
  • Service to Wisconsin veterans
  • Commitment to incorporating the latest technologies and practices

Veterans are encouraged to apply. For complete information on veterans’ hiring programs that may benefit you, go to the Employment Assistance page on WDVA's website.

Qualified veterans with a 30%-or-more, service-connected disability are eligible for non-competitive appointment to permanent positions in classified civil service under s. 230.275, WI Stats. For information on how to apply under this provision, please visit WiscJobsforVets. Current State of Wisconsin employees are not eligible for non-competitive appointment.

Position Summary:   

Reporting to the Administrator, Division of Veterans Homes, the Veterans Home Administrator (Commandant) serves as Chief Executive Officer of WVHK and is responsible for the daily operation of a campus that contains four state veterans’ homes and ancillary support services. The Commandant provides executive-level leadership for all activities related to administration, personnel, quality of residential care, and member services at the 900+ employee campus. The incumbent is accountable for financial and budget compliance, quality services, occupancy (census), and member, family and stakeholder (e.g., hospitals, healthcare facilities, Veteran Service Organizations, County Veteran Service Officers, volunteers, etc.) satisfaction. Together, with Wisconsin WDVA management, the Commandant ensures WVHK’s relevance to the community, the accomplishment of WDVA’s mission and vision, and the accountability of WVHK to its diverse constituents.

For a complete job description, click here.

Special Notes:   

Due to the nature of the position, WDVA will conduct background checks prior to any offer of employment.

Employment in this position is contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical and tuberculosis test.

If accepting this position requires relocation, WDVA will consider assisting with relocation expenses.

For general information about state employment and instructions for creating an account, refer to the follow link: General Information about Positions in Wisconsin State Government.


Minimally-qualified applicants will have:

  • A current Nursing Home Administrator license in the State of Wisconsin or be eligible to obtain such within 90 days of appointment; and
  • Experience providing executive-level leadership and management for an organization (e.g., responsibility for day-to-day operations, administration, service delivery, oversight of activities, ensuring quality, ensuring organizational stability, developing and implementing standards, systems, procedures and/or evaluations, addressing accountability, setting objectives, developing strategic goals and/or plans, translating goals into achievable steps, evaluating programs, formulating improvements, budgeting, fiscal reporting, fiscal auditing, multiple areas of responsibility, overseeing personnel plans, overseeing management staff, developing and implementing professional development program, preparing staff to be leaders, ensuring staff proficiency and continuous improvement, recruit, retain and support quality staff, specify accountabilities, applying the principles and practices of supervision, etc.); and
  • Experience performing public relations duties

Well-qualified applicants will also have experience with veterans' programs and/or services.

How To Apply:   

To be considered for this position, you will need to complete the online application process. For instructions, refer to the following link: How Do I Apply Online and Take an Online Assessment? You will be required to enter a cover letter, attach a current resume, and fill in a brief online assessment. After the established deadline, your materials will be evaluated by one or more job experts and qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Failure to submit all required materials will result in an incomplete application, which will not be considered.

If you are unable to complete the application due to a disability or have questions regarding the process, contact J Lea Roberts at the address or phone number listed in the announcement summary section.

Former permanent classified state employees, who are eligible for reinstatement into a position assigned to the schedule/range 81-01, should complete the online application and assessment process. For current state employees with Career Executive status, please apply with a cover letter and a resume detailing your experience/training in the qualifications listed above to J Lea Roberts at


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