The incumbent serves as a full assistant to the Chief of Social Work ("the Chief") in planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, evaluating, and supervising major sections of social work operations and programs involving over 130 MSW staff throughout the three major campuses and four community-based clinics comprising VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. The incumbent must be licensed in a state at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. As designated by the Chief and related to areas of responsibility, the incumbent serves on or attends various VA NYHHS groups or committees, such as the Patient Services Management Staff meeting, Director's Staff meeting, program advisory councils, and a number of ad hoc committees designed to make management decisions or ensure readiness for accreditation surveys. As designated by the Chief, the incumbent may represent VA NYHHS and the Service on Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) task groups or committees, such as the VISN Social Work Executives Council. The incumbent assists the Chief in acting as liaison between Social Work Service staff and Executive Management; establishes coordinating procedures with other professional and administrative department heads; assists in the preparation of budget estimates for personnel and program services and equipment; interviews applicants for positions in assigned programs; establishes and revises program office procedures; assigns staff and schedules of work of specific programs; establishes criteria for job and work of specific programs; assists in establishing department criteria for job descriptions and work performance of each level of position; confers with program supervisors, provides feedback and control of the programs and provides effective supervision of work. Briefs management orally and in writing on a regular basis concerning matters related to Social Work Service in order to provide information required to make effective decisions for program planning. Takes appropriate action when indicated and ensures that copies of professional Social Work Service meeting minutes are made available for social workers. Reviews and evaluates Executive Committee minutes in order to develop action plans for issues relevant to Social Work. As directed by the Chief, the incumbent, in the area of responsibility, is also responsible for direct service to patients and relatives, coordination with community health and welfare agencies, proposal and program development in areas of psychosocial need, and social work research and training. The incumbent develops and maintains cooperative relationships with civic, social and health agencies in the community to represent and interpret VA function and services, to try to fill in gaps in resources for continued care of patients after they leave the hospital, and to work out referral procedures. The Assistant Chief is a subject matter and inter-/intra-systems expert who can troubleshoot and resolve difficulties as they arise. To assist the Chief in providing Social Work Executive functions for NYHHS, the incumbent will assist with the following responsibilities and duties: . Developing and Maintaining Standards of Practice. . Oversight of Professional Recruitment and Retention. . Supervision of Social Work Service Staff in Acute Care Med/Surg / Oncology / Palliative Care / PACT / CLC / IPVAP Programs. . Oversight of Education, Training and Career Development Processes. . Oversight of the Performance and Professional Competency. . Risk Management Duties. . Resource Management Duties. The incumbent is responsible and accountable to the Chief for the operation of assigned major programs within Social Work Service programs. Supervision and consultation are provided by the Chief concerning agency, service, and NYHHS policies and objectives, but the incumbent is given delegated authority by the Chief for ensuring the daily operations and professional quality of the programs. The need for program establishment, shifts, realignments and expansions are reviewed with the Chief. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.