Supervisory Social Worker - Clinician - Vet Center Director
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fresno, California
Internal Number: 666253000
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. Learn more 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: Must 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 the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master of Social Work. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. 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: GS-12 grade requirement: 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-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. 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. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines Knowledge of supervisory duties which includes clinical supervision, consultation, negotiation with other departments and quality improvement. Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services. Ability to provide staff training and development. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers. Preferred Experience: Knowledge and understanding of the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Knowledge of methods, principles and theories sufficient to intervene and stabilize combat Veterans suffering from multiple diagnoses. Ability to conduct psycho-social assessments and implement treatment plans for combat Veterans and their families. Ability to establish and maintain referral networks through community outreach to provide services to Veterans. Experience in working with veterans, especially combat veterans. Experience in working with veterans who were sexually traumatized/harassed while in the military. Experience in providing family counseling services to veterans and their family. 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. 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. Knowledge of VA and community resources available to veterans and their family. Develops and manages a clinic's budget and program funds. Working knowledge of electronic records. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates and sets guidelines for clinical, therapeutic and treatment priorities. Incumbent must have possession of supervisory and management skills. References: A Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs, walking and standing up to 4 hours, kneeling 1-2 hours, Operation of motor vehicle, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, hearing (aid permitted), glasses and prosthesis allowed, able to hear whispered voices, and emotional and mental stability; Environmental factors: outside and inside, electrical energy, working closely with others, protracted or irregular hours of work, and repetitive computer use ["NOTE: This position is multi-disciplinary and can be filled by: Social Worker, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, and Psychologist. Applicants must apply to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The incumbent serves as Supervisory Social Worker 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. Duties include but not limited to: Ensures that the Vet Center operates in an efficient manner that ensures good patient care. Budget management, clinical staff supervision, compliance to applicable RCS and VHA policy is performed on a routine basis. Responsible for staff selection, education and career development. Provides clinical, professional, and administrative supervision to the clinical staff of the Vet Center, to include evaluating staff performance. Provides screening/assessment of Veteran clients, treatment planning and goal setting, referral to service providers, development of a resource file, Veteran advocacy, crisis intervention, education/health promotion, coordination of non-institutional and institutional services, and individual/group counseling. Develops, implements, and measures market penetration of Vet Center services through a comprehensive outreach plan for the primary service area of the Vet Center. Ensures the most efficient assignment of staff to meet client needs within allotted resources. Provides crisis intervention, stabilization and follow-up for Veterans and significant others. Keeps abreast of current state-of-the-art procedures, processes and data-driven treatment approaches. Develops and determines appropriate community referral resources in the VA and private sector, and will refer Veterans and their family members to those available resources when appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm; some evenings and weekends may be required to meet the Veteran's needs\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Annalyn Mears, Annalyn.Mears@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.