The James J. Peters VAMC is currently recruiting for the position of Director of the Mental Illness, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) service. This position may be filled by a Social worker, Registered Nurse, Psychologist or Physician. MIRECC is an international leader in research and treatment of Severe Mental Illness (SMI). The Center pursues a discovery-to-recovery approach to determine the causes, identify predictors, and develop treatments for individuals with SMI. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: US Citizen 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 by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Creditable Experience. The candidate must have knowledge of current professional social work practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board. Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Social Work Program Manager, GS-15 Experience/Education. The social work program manager at the GS-15 grade level must have at least four years of experience as a VA clinical social worker with at least one-year equivalent to the GS-14 grade level. The social work program manager must evidence possession of progressively higher supervisory and management skills. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. The individual 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. The social work manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must fully meet the KSAs for the GS-14 grade level and demonstrate all the following professional KSAs: (a) Ability to manage and direct unusually large interdisciplinary programs, complex organizational units, apply effective management practices, plan, design, implement, and evaluate a program(s) that encompasses a wide range of facility/healthcare system/VISN/CO activities. (b) Ability to oversee issues related to budget projections and participate with senior leaders from the governing body, management and staff in upholding the facility mission, vision, value and strategic plan to include directly interacting with elected officials on VA related issues/concerns (i.e., members of Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, State and Local entities). (c) Knowledge in establishing policy, procedures and quality monitors while considering multiple priorities, funding sources, and varying resources. (d) Skill in assessing need for basic and complex services across multiple programmatic patient care venues, coordinate and expand the efforts of multiple program elements across a complex system. (e) Knowledge to complete all program evaluations and documents required by the medical center, VISN and VHA Central Office, ensuring compliance with appropriate accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission (TJC), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). (f) Ability to orient, teach and serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the clinical social work characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding Veterans, family members and caregivers. (g) Skill in balancing responsibilities in a complex environment and to work with great autonomy, set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines; analyze complex organizational problems and develop and implement effective solutions for those problems. (h) Ability to promote and effectively manage a culturally diverse workforce which embraces the values and needs of all individuals through long-term commitment, strategic and business planning, education, experience which broadens the mindset and by fully managing human resources. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this occupational series is GS-11 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-15. ["The incumbent has full programmatic authority for all professional, management and administrative aspects of MIRECC which is a complex research, education, and clinical program having ongoing funded research studies and education/clinical projects and programs. Has supervisory responsibility for subordinates and all professional, management, and administrative aspects of MIRECC. Responsibilities include development and implementation of programs, policies and procedures, oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and investigators progress or lack thereof and monitoring of program outcomes and productivity standards for multiple professional disciplines within MIRECC. Has wide latitude and uses independent judgment in the supervision and resource management involving major decisions and work activity that can significantly affect/improve the VA's ability to provide comprehensive patient care services to Veterans. Oversee issues related to budget projections and participate with senior leaders from the governing body, management, and staff in upholding the facility mission, vision, value and strategic plan to include directly interacting with elected officials on VA related issues/concerns (i.e., members of Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, State and Local entities. Effectively manages and directs the work of others within a complex organization to accomplish program goals and objectives and devise ways to adapt work operations to new and changing programs, staffing, and budget requirements. Knowledge to complete all program evaluations and documents required by the medical center, VISN and VHA Central Office, ensuring compliance with appropriate accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission (T JC), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Supervises operational resource management, including staffing requirements, space, equipment, projects and supplies in line with strategic goals of MIRECC. Is responsible for MIRECC operational planning, evaluating data, resolving issues/problems, budget and resource monitoring, and budget implications. Decisions affect staff and resources associated with the MIRECC program. Ensures that all research activities conducted by personnel with MIRECC support have been reviewed and approved by the relevant VA Institutional Review Boards and Research & Development Committees. Has full responsibility for oversight of the professional practice of mental health research to ensure that all investigators and staff in MIRECC meet the qualification standards for their discipline. Ensures that all MIRECC staff members follow requirements for performance of duties at VA work sites or approved alternatives and that appropriate documentation of approvals for off-site duties is available. Is responsible for ensuring that records of attendance and leave follow VHA requirements and are documented appropriately. Within federal and VHA guidelines, promotes MIRECC and VACO Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) strategic priorities and has considerable programmatic latitude in using independent judgment to make decisions. Effectively assesses qualifications and potential of current and prospective employees for appointment with MIRECC. Manages evaluations process, which establishes specific goals, objectives and benchmarks for each component and staff member, based on the over-arching strategic direction of the Center. Uses effective interpersonal relationship and analytic skills that facilitate collaborative work with internal staff and other programs/centers, as well as resolve conflicts. Balancing responsibilities in a complex environment and to work with great autonomy, set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines; analyze complex organizational problems and develop and implement effective solutions for those problems. Orient, teach and serve as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the clinical social work characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding Veterans, family members and caregivers. Actively engages in and supports MIRECC scientific research programs, including responsibility (personally or assigned) for accomplishing the evaluation process. Develops policies, procedures, and criteria for administration of the MIRECC Research program, ensuring compliance with appropriate accrediting bodies and monitoring entities, as appropriate. Work Schedule: PT 25 hours a week, days are negotiable.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\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.