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Supervisory Social Worker - Vet Center Director

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Chico
Posted on: November 22, 2022

Job Description:

Summary The Vet Center Director serves on the multidisciplinary team that is located in a community based Vet Center that provides veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources and community education regarding the problems and needs of the veteran. Responsibilities Relocation/Recruitment Incentives May be Authorized NOTE: Readjustment Counselors are multi-disciplinary and can be filled by: Social Worker, Psychologist, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, and Marriage & Family Therapist. Each discipline is announced separately and applicants must apply to the announcement for which they are qualified. Major duties include but is not limited to: Conducts interviews and counseling with clients and provides social/psychological assessment and treatment to clients; crisis intervention and both short and long term services. Refers clients to other programs and professionals. Provides guidance and consultation to other team members conducting interviews, counseling, and therapy. Refers cases requiring outpatient or inpatient treatment to the VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic or appropriate referral services. Responsible for establishing, maintaining and conducting outreach activities with veterans, community and service organizations, business and industry, professionals and the public. Organizes both VA and non-VA resources and community services on behalf of veterans. Provides psychodiagnostic testing and psychological assessment to those clients who display clinically severe or unusual psychological disturbances. Conducts other client treatment; individual, group, conjoint and family therapy; biofeedback; relaxation training and other therapeutic intervention strategies. Develops and coordinates procedures and programs to facilitate optimum use of these resources and services by the hospital, by other agencies and by the individual members of the target group. Develops and maintains understanding and working agreements with other organizations and individuals sharing responsibility for the welfare of these citizens in the same geographical area. Possesses and maintains current and broad knowledge in management, program evaluation and theory and practice in delayed stress syndrome. Provides direct social work intervention involving serious and complicated problems frequently encountered by veterans and their families or significant others. Emphasizes the development of collaborative efforts among a variety of community resources in effort to resolve these problems. Provides indirect services to target groups through advocacy work and negotiations with other service agencies. Possesses knowledge and skills and maintains service responsibilities. Possesses and effectively implements specialized knowledge and skill in working with veterans, with their families and with their potential resources in the community. Maintains special responsibility for familiarity with and development of community health care (both public and private) resources within a defined geographical target area and for maximizing the efficient and effective use of these resources by the target group. Serves as a major resources and consultant to the hospital in regard to resources in this target area. Provides direct service and assistance to hospital programs in order to facilitate optimum utilization of resources in the patient's re-entry into the community. Independently providing highly skilled readjustment counseling services to clients with difficult and complex problems of social, emotional and vocational adjustment. Organizing counseling groups and functions as facilitator or therapist for counseling groups. Provides guidance, consultation for team members conducting group counseling. Assists clients with applications for veteran's benefits and helping clients complete and channel VA documents and forms. Conducts follow-up with clients by telephone and/or mail. Develops and maintains appropriate referral sources. Serves as the Contracting Officer Technical Representative for the fee/contracts program. Responsible for planning, implementation, evaluation and improvement of outreach, readjustment counseling and other clinical, therapeutic and treatment services delivered by the Vet Center. Responsible for program development, budget development and fiscal management, personnel management and resource utilization. Responsible for the initial and ongoing training program of the various mental health professionals in the Vet Center. Maintains timely and accurate computerized records of client interactions, assessments, treatment plans, and other information pertinent to client treatment, as well as personal daily work activity. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, some evening/weekend hours may be required based upon veterans needs. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #: Supervisory Social Worker/FS00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Basic Requirements: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part). 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 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 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Supervisory Social Worker, GS-12 Education and Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 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 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, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines. (b) Knowledge of supervisory duties which includes clinical supervision, consultation, negotiation with other departments and quality improvement. (c) Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services. (d) Ability to provide staff training and development. (e) Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers. Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. At the GS-12 grade level, supervisory social workers typically have significant personnel management responsibilities for a small to moderate sized professional and non-professional staff, including support staff and professional staff at the GS-12 grade level and below. The supervisory social worker is responsible for the professional and administrative management of an area in a social work service, in a care/product line, or multiple facilities. They provide direct clinical services with or without program coordination responsibilities. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185/120 Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. Preferred Experience: 1. Knowledge and understanding of the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 2. Knowledge of methods, principles and theories sufficient to intervene and stabilize combat Veterans suffering from multiple diagnoses. 3. Ability to conduct psycho-social assessments and implement treatment plans for combat Veterans and their families. 4. Ability to establish and maintain referral networks through community outreach to provide services to Veterans 5. Preferred experience in working with veterans, especially combat veterans. 6. Preferred experience in working with veterans who were sexually traumatized/harassed while in the military 7. Preferred experience in providing family counseling services to veterans and their family. 8. Preferred experience working with combat veterans and their families who have PTSD or readjustment issues and the ability to make independent judgments and recommendations about a number of serious and complex cases. 9. Special knowledge and skill in the field of veterans in community resource identification and development, in public speaking and basic principles of education, in staff recruitment and development, and in program design and management. 10. Knowledge of VA and community resources available to veterans and their family. 11. Develops and manages a clinic's budget and program funds 12. Working knowledge of electronic records. 13. Preferred experience planning work to be accomplished by subordinates and sets guidelines for clinical, therapeutic and treatment priorities. 14. Supervisory and management skills experience preferred. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (intermittent); standing (intermittent); hearing (aid permitted); clear speech. The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items like papers or books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Chico , Supervisory Social Worker - Vet Center Director, Healthcare , Chico, California

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