This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/04/2023. 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 on the OHRM website. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met. Grade Requirements: GS-12 Experience and Licensure. Applicant must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: Demonstrated experience applying knowledge of health care principles in the analysis and evaluation of problems in the health care industry and recommending solutions; demonstrated experience applying communication skills in presenting information and recommendations; demonstrated experience managing components of projects within a health care delivery system; demonstrated experience applying business principles such as financial, human resources, organizational governance, strategic planning, information management, risk management and quality improvement in a health care setting. OR Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package. Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: The position is primarily sedentary with some bending, walking, and stooping required. The position requires the employee to work in a variety of settings including patient homes and community settings. This may require the employee to walk on uneven surfaces. The position requires the ability to read printed material and distinguish colors, such as reading computer screens, the ability to accurately perceive depth so as to move around the work space safely, and to appropriate make contact with patients and staff, and the ability to meet visual requirements to operate a motor vehicle. Considerable walking and stair climbing may be required. A valid Driver's License and driving ability is required. Driving is a requirement to provide services as needed in community settings. The work may also require assisting disabled Veterans. ["The Senior Social Worker is the Coordinated Entry Specialist (CES) for Homeless Programs. This position enables VA Homeless Programs to fully collaborate with the community, including the Continuum of Care (COC) and community partners, in the coordinated entry efforts of each community in the service area. Duties may include but are not limited to: Provide direct linkage from community services to VHA Homeless Program services through regular and consistent outreach and communication with community providers. Participate in case conferencing processes within the CoC's coordinated entry system to help inform and facilitate referrals to VA Programs such as HCHV CERS, GPD, HUD-VASH and SSVF. Ensures efficient sharing of Veteran data and program information, as allowable under VA Privacy and Information Security policies and directives. Provide support to the VA Homeless Program teams as a functional member of the team, to include participation in outreach activities and subject matter consultation on community involved interventions for homeless Veterans. Provide all necessary assessment functions in the service provision for homeless Veterans, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial histories and assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans as well as case conferencing discussions and planning. Participate in policy formulation with federal partners, including VA, HUD, and USICH who have active initiatives to promote Coordinated Entry and community planning. The incumbent will work with local VA programs, with a special focus on HCHV, HUD-VASH, GPD and SSVF to ensure broad-based participation in coordinated entry and community planning. Schedules and facilitates clinical team meetings to ensure coordination of care and appropriate provision of clinical interventions into treatment planning. Advanced knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services with internal VA and external community providers. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800-1630 Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 919140 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN10HREDRPSLRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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