Senior Social Worker (Contract Treatment and Outreach)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Gainesville, Florida, Florida
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 733647600
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. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. 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. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series at the 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/. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in employment termination. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Senior Social Worker GS-12 Experience and Education: The candidate must have at least two (2) years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one (1) 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. While we no longer require essay-style responses to our Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, (KSA's), you must be able to demonstrate that you possess the (below) competencies which are necessary to perform the work of the position. Please ensure your resume/CV/application contains sufficient information to support the level of experience/education/training. Otherwise, we will not be able to award you credit for the experience/education/training you claim. The GS-12 KSA's for this subject position are; Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate 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. 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). Preferred Experience: Experience in Mental Health Social Work, experience in community based work, experience working with persons who have serious mental illness. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39, Qualification Standard for DVA Social Workers. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work requires extreme patience and controlling of emotions. The work may require using appropriate techniques to physically restrain patients who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled Veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects. The work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common to the homeless population. Much of the work is performed in a setting away from the office, where the environment cannot be controlled. ["**A RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE** The incumbent is a Contract Residential Treatment Senior Social Worker in the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program responsible for coordinating a local contract residential treatment program to serve homeless veterans that is consistent with local policy and part of the border HCHV program to meet the needs of homeless veterans throughout the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System located in Gainesville, FL. The incumbent provides outreach and case management to veterans in VA funded housing programs, shelters, and the streets. The incumbent utilizes various treatment modalities of individual and group work, casework, community organization, and community outreach activities to alleviate or remove problems that interfere with the participants' ability to achieve independence. The incumbent monitors the clinical care and assesses the compliance of the programs receiving payments as outlined in the recipient's contract. When necessary, the incumbent intervenes to facilitate compliance or corrective actions. The incumbent provides services and oversight of the VA funded Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program's Contract Residential Treatment according to rules, regulations, and directives including verification of veteran status and eligibility for participation in the Homeless Contract Residential Treatment Program, maintaining admission and discharge dates of participants for billing purposes, reviewing and approving/disapproving readmissions to and extensions of care, and collecting and submitting participant information to the HCHV coordinator as outlined by NEPEC evaluations procedures. The incumbent facilitates and participates in program site inspections for VA funded programs with in their local program area utilizing the local policies, as well as VHA regulations, and directives as guidance. The incumbent engages in coordination with community agencies, organizations, and groups to learn of services or resources available for homeless veterans as well as provides current information on services and benefits available in the VA for Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program participants. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Compressed Tour: Not available Telework: Not available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #: Senior Social Worker (Contract Treatment)/FS #50306F. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized - As determined by Facility/Agency. EDRP Authorized: Contact Geraldin Louis at email@example.com and/or Lajuanta Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org, the NF/SG EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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