Searching for social worker leader to serve as the Section Chief for the MHS Homeless Programs: Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), Compensated Work Therapy (CWT), Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO), Grant and Per Diem (GPD), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-VA Supportive Housing (VASH). Directly supervises the GS-13 supervisor of HUD-VASH, the GS-12 supervisor of CWT/VJO Programs, Homeless-Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT) Program Support Assistant, and all GPD and HCHV staff. 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/. 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: Supervisory Social Worker, GS-13 Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. 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 Supervisory Social Workers 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, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines. Skill in a range of supervisory duties which includes clinical supervision, consultation, negotiation with other departments and quality improvement. Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers. Ability to delegate authority, manage priorities, coordinate work, and follow up on pending issues to complete duties in an accurate and timely fashion. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems, develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations, and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the service. Ability to provide staff training and development. Preferred Experience: The SAVAHCS is seeking an experienced Social Worker leader to serve as the Homeless Programs Section Chief. The Section Chief is responsible for the overall provision of homeless services, compensated work therapy, and veterans justice outreach. The Section Chief must have experience with budgets, personnel actions, and program development/evaluation. It is preferred that the candidate has experience with homeless programs and mental health. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standards, GS-185, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center and is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities, it may be necessary to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, their families, representative of community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies. Must possess current driver's license and be able to drive a government vehicle in carrying out professional duties when deemed necessary. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU ***Relocation/Recruitment Incentive*** Duties include, but are not limited to: The incumbent directs all clinical and administrative activities of the Homeless Programs & CWT MHS Staff, including strategic planning, human resource management, and program management and evaluation, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of resources. The incumbent administers information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to the patients. He/she develops implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols, and SOP's to establish appropriate utilization of services in accordance with The Joint Commission, CARF, and VA national and local directives. Responsible for interpreting The Joint Commission and CARF accrediting body standards and VHA handbook requirements to develop clinical and administrative SOPs and related process for each program The incumbent supervises a group of employees performing work at various GS levels (e.g. master level social workers, vocational development counselor, vocational development specialists, nurses, social services assistants, care coordinator, housing management specialist, program support specialists, occupational therapist, and peer support specialists) and provides administrative, technical and clinical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the Homeless Programs & CWT. He/she performs the administrative and personnel management functions relative to supervised staff and establishes guidelines and performance expectation for staff which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance, demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Affects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests and clinic cancellations. Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations. The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex and affirmative action for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; (5) fair utilization of their skills. Performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning and assessment of various programs. Responsible for key project activities related to the planning, development, and implementation of the project component. The workload directed by this position at the CBOCs is carried out at locations that are physically removed from the main unit under conditions that make day-to-day supervision difficult to administer. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work schedule, but work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the service.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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.