Social Worker - Program Coordinator - Relocation/Recruitment Incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Temple, Texas
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 701822300
The Community Coordinator is a member of the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) team. Primary responsibilities are to provide clinical evidence based services and interventions to Veterans at imminent risk of homelessness or homeless . Position will require some outreach in the community and to local shelters and places where homeless may congregate. The position will provide support, services, and coverage for HCHV staff as needed. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade level. Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12 Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. (b) Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. (c) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. (d) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s).(e) Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. Preferred Experience: One year experience working independently and with minimal supervision with a variety of people in sometimes difficult situations utilizing critical and creative thinking skills to develop practical solutions. One year experience evaluating patients based on their needs, limitations and desires and ability to submit referrals, consults, schedule appointments as appropriate. One year experience developing treatment plans for clients that are homeless, with mental illnesses, substance abuse or recovering from traumatic events and frequently communicating with clients to ensure their physical and mental health well-being. One year experience following policies, Directives, Handbooks, regulations, etc., .and attention to detail. One year experience with community partners and volunteering for community events and working well as part of a team. Full independent licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or equivalent. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39, September 10, 2019 The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Walking; Standing; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Clear speech. ["The incumbent's duties include but are not limited to the following: - The incumbent is a coordinator in the HCHV Program. The incumbent provides program coordination and administrative responsibility for HCHV services. - The incumbent also assures compliance with Joint Commission standards and CARF accreditation. - Develops and implements ongoing education for providers, Veterans, families, community partners, and members of the community on VA resources. - Responds to Hotline calls or consults, interfacility consults and phone inquiries from VA staff and community stakeholders to address needs of at-risk Veterans. - Ensures patient and staff educational material is prominently displayed throughout the facility and CBOCs. - Gathers and analyzes data to identify trends regarding homelessness reporting as well as adhering to station and VISN reporting requirements and timelines. - The incumbent performs daily operations, develops policies and procedures for program operations, and prepares reports and statistics for SWS, the facility, the VISN and national use. - The incumbent collaborates with other members of the interdisciplinary team as needed for Veterans with complex health, mental health, and unpredictable caseload needs such as High Risk for Suicide assessment and reviews to ensure psychosocial needs through psychosocial assessments, quality case management, clinical treatment, achievable treatment goals, advocacy, and linkage with appropriate VA and community resources as needed by the Veteran. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disability, and treatment procedures. This includes working to identify Veterans at Acute Risk for Suicide and implementation of Safety plans until acute risk is lowered and Veteran is stabilized to low risk and able to maintain safety in his/her environment. - The incumbent advises the HCHV Program Manager of shifting trends with High Risk caseloads and consults to identify the need for and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes based upon work experiences and program data. - The incumbent applies systems and practice analysis techniques to monitor, evaluate and improve organizational efficiency and accessibility. - May perform as a field instructor, preceptor or supervise social work graduate students and providing a training experience for them in social work. Works with students to develop training and goals. Regularly assesses student's progress toward training goals and student's progress. Participants in the school of social work's field instructor training programs and the affiliation process. Provides training to students, residents, interns, and fellows from other disciplines. Instructs them on psychosocial treatment/discharge planning and on the services available from social workers. Conducts formal in-services and classes for staff. - Meets with Veteran to assess accomplishments and re-establish goals as needed. Makes recommendations for care and change to interdisciplinary treatment plan. Documents independently in the medical records utilizing paper and/or electronic formats, including psychosocial assessments, diagnostics, treatment, progress notes, follow-up, and referral. Completes all required documentation in HOMES as required. - Manages the quality control and evaluation of the professional services and is accountable for the overall effectiveness of the services provided. Modifies services to best meet the needs of veterans and to promote efficient practice. Coordinates social work services with other services offered in the residential program, assuring such services are complementary and comprehensive. - Interviews Veterans and their family members/significant others to establish facts about the Veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and focuses on the patient in the context of family and community by integrating safety, assessment of conditions, individual and family dynamics, and cultural background into the patient's Treatment Plan. Interprets and explains VA's treatment and benefit programs. - Review all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Effectively uses professional skill, objectivity, and insight. Uses advanced clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options. Assesses high risk factors, acuity and need for services. Work Schedule: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Available pending Agency Policy Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not require"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.