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. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. 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 (MSW) 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. Grade Determinations, GS-12: Licensure - Licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level. Experience - Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. 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. Advanced Practice Level. Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support. The advanced practice Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership in developing and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstrates leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession. The advanced practice Social Worker will make independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; the consequences to the veteran of these decisions and actions may be quite serious. Work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills not typically required in routine social work interventions. The advanced practice Social Worker has mastered a range of specialized interventions and provides consultation to colleagues, renders professional opinions based on experience and expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention, and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment. The advanced practice Social Worker utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings. Differentiating Full Performance Level from Advanced Practice Level. This is done based on the differences between independent practice, which is required for all VHA social workers, and advanced practice. A social worker practicing at the independent level has a generalized knowledge of practice, whereas the social worker practicing at the advanced level has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or patient population. The advanced practice social worker can be further differentiated from the independent practice social worker by his/her ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. A social worker with advanced practice skills and personal qualifications that meet the standard for the Senior Social Worker will have passed an advanced generalist or clinical ASWB examination and be assigned to a position that requires use of the advanced practice skills in order to be considered for the senior social worker grade. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in the paragraph below. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (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. Must have a full, unrestricted drivers license to operate a motor vehicle. Preferred Experience: Experience serving Homeless Veterans a plus. References: VA Handbook 5005/50 Part II Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Selectee will be appointed at the GS-12 level. Physical Requirements: Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Use of fingers; Walking & Standing (1-2 hours); Operation of a motor vehicle; Both eyes required; depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors & shades of colors; Emotional and Mental stability; Hearing (aid permitted); work with psychiatric patients with behavioral problems; work with patients with drug and alcohol problems. Environmental factors include dust, fumes, exposure to pet dander & overhead light; working alone & with others, overhead light, scents from various homes and individuals; exposure to shared office space that requires ability to focus with some distraction. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The duties of this position include but are not limited to the following: The GS-12 Supervisory Social Worker is an advanced practice Social Worker assigned to Community Reintegration Service (CRS), serving Veterans experiencing homelessness and housing instability through the Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) and Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) programs. Organizationally, CRS is under the Mental Health Division. Performance plans for the incumbents are in Executive Career Field (ECF). CRS is comprised of a multidisciplinary team responsible for providing low-barrier services to Veterans experiencing homelessness or Veterans with significant barriers to housing and employment stability due to severe mental illness, substance use disorders, chronic disabling health conditions, and criminal backgrounds. The Supervisory Social Worker is responsible for ensuring the assigned HUD-VASH team provides care that is consistent with VHA Directive 1162.05 - HUD-VASH Program, in addition to, VHA Directive 1162.08 - HCHV Outreach, VHA Directive 1162.03 - HCHV Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC). As outlined in these directives, the Supervisory Social Worker is responsible for orientating and training of staff, assigning caseloads, and monitoring clinical care. The Supervisory Social Worker is responsible for reviewing work for performance and completing all required performance reviews. The incumbent is responsible for building and maintaining effective partnerships with Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC); multiple Public Housing Authorities (PHA); city, county, and state governments; and many non-profit organizations involved in ending homelessness. The incumbent supervises a group of employees performing work at various GS levels up to their own grade and provides administrative, technical, and clinical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. As such, the incumbent may perform some or all of the following administrative and personnel management functions relative to staff supervised: establishing guidelines and performance expectations for staff, communicating guidelines and performance expectations through formal employee performance management system, observing worker's performance, conducting work performance evaluations, providing informal feedback, resolving informal complaints and grievances, developing work place improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary, advising and counseling workers related to work and administrative matters, effecting disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area, reviewing and approving or disapproving leave requests, ensuring that subordinates are trained and fully comply with provisions of the safety regulations, and generally exercising supervisory authority and responsibility involving work assignment and review, as well as the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised. Specific programmatic requirements include: -Establishing and maintaining a process for referral, evaluation, and admission to HUD-VASH and HCHV to ensure that the most vulnerable Veterans are prioritized. - Managing and ensuring an even distribution of caseloads with consideration to the ACT, ICM, and CTI models of care, as defined in VHA Directive 1162.05. - Facilitating huddles, clinical case reviews, and staff meetings with assignments for follow-up action. Providing case consultation, especially around high-risk situations. - Conducting appropriate program audits, such as, but not limited to, chart reviews to ensure documentation meets TJC and CARF standards of care. - Ensuring implementation of Housing First principles consistently across all CRS programs, as it related to Veterans accessing VA and community based services. Working closely with multidisciplinary team whenever possible to expand the provision of support for Veterans to improve stability and housing retention. - Monitor frequency of clinical contacts based on stage of case management being provided using HOMES data to ensure policy adherence. - Assisting Director of CRS with coordination of accreditation activities and ensuring compliance with accreditation requirements. - Developing relationships with other VA programs to improve access to the full range of health care services needed by homeless Veterans. This is particularly important for access to medical care, mental health treatment, and other services utilized by this population. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Ad-hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Hermann@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.