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Social Worker - Lead PACT

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Clearlake
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

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Summary

The Lead PACT SW Coordinator provides social work services to the Veteran population seen at the San Francisco VA Medical Center at the Clearlake CBOC (Community Based Outpatient Clinic).

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are authorized for this position.

This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2021.

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Responsibilities

Telework: Occasional

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Services consist of high quality assessment and intervention: assessment of coping in the community, including assessment of suspected abuse, especially elder abuse and issues related to capacity; interventions such as counseling to patients and families around adjustment to disability, illness and loss; crisis intervention; advance directive education; coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies; clinic-based, short-term, focused case management; and consultation to multidisciplinary team members on the psychosocial aspects of individualized patient care. Continuity of care is key, to assure patient safety, completion of referrals, and firm hand-offs to resource agency programs and providers. Activities may include outreach into the community to link Veterans to VA care. Systems management to support the delivery of social work services at the clinic is also a responsibility.

Duties include but are limited to the following:

  • Screening/Assessment - performs specialized assessment and treatment of complex physical or mental illness.
  • Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - Based on the comprehensive psychosocial assessment that includes multidisciplinary consultation when indicated.
  • Adjustment to disability, illness, loss - facilitate assessment and intervention to encourage coping with change.
  • Crisis Intervention - experience in making rapid assessments of at-risk patients in the community and in recognizing opportunities to intervene to avert crisis or to identify immediate needs and respond to promote patient safety.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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0185 Social Work

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Physical Requirements: This position is mostly sedentary and requires walking, kneeling, bending, standing, and light lifting

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2021.

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: Must Possess 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.

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. [Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are acceptable].

  • 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 for licensure.
  • English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Physical Requirements: This position is mostly sedentary and requires walking, kneeling, bending, standing, and light lifting.

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).

Preferred Experience: The incumbent must have at least one year of advanced clinical and case management expertise. Experience should include Medicine and work on interdisciplinary treatment teams.

Grade Determinations: GS-12, One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

  • Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
  • Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.
  • Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.
  • Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s).
  • Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice.

Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade level are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to Veterans in a major specialty area, such as but not limited to: Spinal Cord Injury, Homeless Continuum Veteran Program, Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Suicide Prevention Program, Veterans Justice Outreach, Caregiver Support Program and Community Nursing Home Program. The program coordinator may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. The program coordinator oversees the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget, developing and monitoring staff compliance with practice, standards and guidelines on documentation, workload, data entry, ethical practice and service delivery. The program coordinator provides analysis and evaluation of clinical program data and computerized programs to identify system-wide trends and needs to enhance the quality of service. They may be responsible for, or contribute to, the program's resource and fiscal management, monitoring control points developing the annual budget, operating within that budget, and accounting for appropriated funds. The program coordinator is administratively responsible for the clinical programming and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They provide leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned staff. They initiate and conduct a variety of program or service audits and complete designated clinical practice audits and reports, including productivity assessments. They oversee program operations and evaluations, identifying areas for improvement, gathering relevant data, assessing the data, developing and implementing ideas for improvement and evaluating efficacy of improvement efforts.]

References: VA Handbook 5005/120, PART II, Appendix G39, Dated September 10, 2019

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: This position is mostly sedentary and requires walking, kneeling, bending, standing, and light lifting.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Santa Rosa , Social Worker - Lead PACT, Other , Clearlake, California

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