Social Worker (Program Coordinator) - Case Management Specialist
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 651400100
The Social Worker - Case Management Specialist is located at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. 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: 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 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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation 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 on the OHRM website. 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, this part Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met. Grade Requirements: You may qualify based on your experience or education as described below: GS-12 Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least 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. Example experience: The duties of a GS-11 include but are not limited to assessing and documenting identified behaviors or symptoms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or intimate partner violence; use of clinical social work skills and knowledge to maintain Veteran privacy and confidentiality per policies, handbooks or directives; and acts as an advocate with appropriate VA and community service providers and agencies when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver. Incumbent independently assesses the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, identifying the Veteran's strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and psychosocial acuity. 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. Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package. 1. Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. 2. Knowledge and ability to work with people experiencing homelessness. 3. Knowledge and ability to work with people experiencing mental illness and/or substance abuse. 4. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix 39, Social Worker Job Qualification Standard. Physical Requirements: The position is a combination of activity and sitting with movement in between. Bending, walking and stooping are required. The position requires the employee to work frequently in the community and in Veterans' homes. The position requires being able to walk up 2 flights of stairs and drive for up to several hours each day. The position requires the ability to read printed material and distinguish colors such as reading and computer screens, the ability to accurately perceive depth so as to move around work space safely, to appropriately make contact with patients and staff, and the ability to meet visual requirements to work up close to a computer screen, and talk on the telephone. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 to GS-12. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The incumbent, a professional licensed clinical social worker, functions as the Case Management Specialist in the HUD-VASH Program at the GS-12 grade level and is responsible for providing case management services as part of a geographically-specific multidisciplinary team. Each team provides the individualized case management-based services (directly or through referral) necessary to ensure that veterans become and remain stably housed. This may include ensuring that care is coordinated with the VA medical center, community health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations. HUD-VASH operates using Recovery, Critical Time Intervention and Housing First models so the focus of case management is on permanently housing the veteran as rapidly as possible and then working with the veteran to sustain permanent housing. It is expected that most veterans, over the course of 1-2 years will become largely self-sufficient and integrated into their local communities. The HUD-VASH program is a collaborative effort, supported through HUD Section 8 rental assistance vouchers and VA's provision of intensive case management services. The primary goal of HUD-VASH is to move veterans and their families out of chronic homelessness. The primary component of the program is VA case management services, designed to improve veteran's health and mental health, enhancing their ability to remain stable, housed and community-integrated. The CVAMC HUD-VASH program works closely with Housing Authorities in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Count Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm)\nCompressed/Flexible: Available\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.