The Homeless Geriatric Specialist (HGS) will serve as a Social Worker for VISN 15 in the Homeless Program Office - HUD-VASH Program. This is a collaborative position that works closely with both the HUD-VASH and GEC National Program Offices. The HGS Social Worker has administrative responsibility for the development of novel collaborations designed to meet the clinical and housing needs of aging and disabled homeless and/or formerly homeless Veterans. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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 tohttp://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. NOTE: 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 forlicensure. 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:GS 12:Experience/Education. The candidate 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.Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they 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: 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. Preferred Experience: Licensed Independent Social Worker with at least 4 years experience, 3 of which the individual has experience working with Veteran experiencing homelessness. Grant and Per Diem experience Preferred. Must pass a VA driver's physical exam. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS 13. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve active listening, reading, observing and evaluating verbal and nonverbal behavior, walking, speaking, bending, carrying light items such as paper, books, small parts, writing reports, writing clinical notes, using office equipment such as computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopy machines, and possibly driving an automobile. Some work is performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable disease common of the homeless population. Strenuous physical activity is not required. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Major duties and responsibilities include: Provides leadership in the community by actively participating in the local plans to end Veteran homelessness Collaborates with members of the various medical centers within the designated VISN to develop programing to ensure the provision of clinical care and permanent supportive housing for aging and disabled Veterans, ensuring equity of access, service, and benefits to this population and ensuring the care provided is of the highest quality Knowledgeable of GEC and HUD-VASH programs and services and demonstrates the positive impact these programs have on Veterans at no additional cost to medical centers Evaluate GEC and HUD-VASH partnerships using relevant VA statutes and regulations and take action to improve identified deficiencies. - Responsible for and will track GEC and HUD-VASH partnership program development, statistics, data management, identify significant findings, problem solve including identifying barriers to implementation, and complete reports pertaining to development of these programs Identify and develop program resources in the community and across VAMCs, providing coordinating with these providers Provide oversight relative to identified \"best practices\" across the continuums of care to ensure quality care is provided through partnerships between GEC and HUD-VASH programs Serve as liaison between Homeless programs, GEC programs, and other community programs to develop programming and housing designed to serve the aging and/or disabled homeless Veteran population Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00AM - 4:30PM; with potential for required rotational weekend call on inpatient psychiatry. Telework: May be available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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