As a VA national healthcare recruitment consultant, James Marfield recruits mission critical health care providers for VHA facilities in Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, western Kentucky, and northeast Arkansas. James, who retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service, is part of an elite team of recruiters who work tirelessly to find the best, most qualified health care professionals to serve our Nation’s Veterans.
James readily admits that he loves his job. In his own words, “Finding physicians to treat my fellow Veterans is an honor for me. I’m blessed with the opportunity to interact each day with some of the best and brightest healthcare minds on earth. Our physicians oftentimes sacrifice higher salaries to come work at VA and they freely do so because they are altruistically driven to serve our American Heroes – to give back to their country – to care for those who have borne the battle.”
Recently, James received a job application from an experienced physician who was eager to work at VA in a leadership role. This physician’s cover letter clearly stated why he felt called to serve Veterans: “With my daughter deployed and my son-in-law buried in Arlington after being killed-in-action in October 2013, I have a strong desire to positively impact the health of our Veterans,” wrote the doctor.
In his years of working as a recruiter, James had never felt more moved than by this physician’s words. “It reminded me of how lucky I am and how important and honorable our work is,” he says. “This guy is a hero in my book.”
James’s passion for serving Veterans reaches beyond the duties of his job description. He regularly advises executive and clinical leaders, hiring officials, and human resources on recruitment industry trends and best practices. He also leads the “Take a Closer Look at VA” initiative to recruit the Nation’s best and brightest health professions trainees to work at VA – a mission that has been a priority at the highest levels of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
To connect with James or another VA national healthcare recruitment consultant in your region, visit the Contact A Recruiter page on the careers site. To explore all VA opportunities and apply, visit VACareers.va.gov.