The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System, Social Work Service, is currently recruiting for the Chief, Social Work Service work at the Oklahoma City, Veterans Health Care System facility. 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: US Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it's not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance w/ VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Hearing Instrument Specialists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken & written English. 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 the social worker position GS-0185 series in the 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/ORHM//T38Hybrids. Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in termination of employment. Grade Determination: Grade determination requirements GS-14 Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. The chief social work service must evidence possession of supervisory and management skills. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. 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 chief social worker 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 demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1) Skill in providing the full range of supervisory duties across multiple service divisions/sections, which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed, performance evaluation, selection of staff, and recommendations of awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary actions. 2) Skill in applying legal, ethical, and professional standards to social work practice. 3) Skill in developing, maintaining, and managing social work services in multiple divisions/sections. 4) Ability to ensure compliance with social work practice, policy, and accreditation standards across the continuum of health care. 5) Skill in providing consultation to facility leadership, managers, and other staff on social work qualification standards, practice, competency, productivity, and continuing education requirements 6) Skill in administrative oversight to ensure compliance with social work licensure requirements. Preferred Experience: At least 2 years of social work service management experience and experience establishing specials programs to expand access to care. Note: must be documented on resume/job application under job duties/work work history References: VA Handbook 5005/3, Part II, Appendix G39. The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-14. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-14. Physical Requirements: The work is moderately active. The employee frequently sits/stands while using a computer, keyboard and mouse on a regular and recurring basis for prolonged periods time periods. Light exertion required when walking, standing, bending or climbing stairs, while carrying light items such as papers, books, laptop, and/or small objects up to 20 pounds. ["The duties for the Chief Social Work Service duties include, but are not limited to the following: Serves as the Chief of Social Work at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System, a complexity Level IB facility, which includes 12 VA Outpatient Clinics and 1 specialty clinic Has overall responsibility for the Social Work service oversight and has full responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management, service level budget execution and supervision for the services Reports administratively and clinically to the Chief of Staff and advises Chief of Staff and Facility Senior Leadership regarding Social Work-related issues Has professional oversight of clinical practice for all Social Workers regardless of duty assignment as outlined in VHA directive 1110.02 Has overall responsibility for, and second-level supervisory responsibilities for all other staff within Behavioral Health Services, totaling 121.7 FTE Responsible administratively and clinically to the Social Work program managers and administrative staff Provides leadership with objective, independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational, and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision and action Monitors work performance, interprets/processes a wide variety of data related to program planning and Veterans' specialized needs for services, ensures policies/issues are fully coordinated, vetted, and staffed; advises leadership on implications, key issues, and relationships to interest groups, both internal and external and makes recommendations on actions Assure compliance with accrediting agencies/regulatory requirements and assure corrective actions are initiated if needed Prepares special reports/responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issue briefs, and decision papers for the medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential, and of a complex nature Develops policies, procedures, performance standards, position descriptions, functional statements, etc. using a data driven quality assurance processes Monitors staff clinical performance, conducts performance appraisals and performs other clinical/administrative responsibilities Responsible for efficient/effective operations of Social Work Services, including staffing, clinical programming and outcomes, budgetary responsibilities and administrative processes Responsible for establishing/oversight of VA Medical Facility level Social Work Leadership Board and Social Work Professional Practice Committee Social Work scope of service includes: Homeless Program which includes: HCHV; Hud Vash; Vocational Rehabilitation services; Peer Support; HCRV; VJO; Grant and per Diem; Behavioral Health Residential Programs Transitional Compensated Work Therapy Program Caregiver Programs Inpatient Medicine which includes: General Medicine; Renal Coordination; SCI Coordination; Family Care Coordination Hoptel Outpatient Medicine (PACT) Geriatric Social Programs: Contract Nursing Homes; State Veteran Homes Oversight and Coordination; Homemaker Home Health Coordination; Adult Day Health Care; Respite Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)/Supportive Employment Responsible for reporting on Social Work Service performance on National performance measures/other metrics, reporting performance to Facility/VISN Leadership Has line and staff authority and responsibility for resource allocations within Social Work Service Responsible for annual Strategic Planning within Social Work Services, and overall compliance with it Responsible for program development and implementation in order to fully meet Veterans' BH needs Functions as a liaison between Social Work and the rest of the Health Care System (including all clinical and administrative areas)Serves as a designee for the Chief of Staff of the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System when necessary Participates/serves on a variety of Health Care System Committees, Councils and Boards, including but not limited to: Clinical Executive Board Medical Professional Standards Board Compliance and Business Integrity Committee Clinical Practice Council Peer Review Access Management Committee Quality, Safety and Value Comm Provides psycho-diagnostic assessments/evaluations Provides therapeutic interventions which may include individual, group and family therapy and/or case management and counseling Consults with staff regarding complex cases, ethical dilemmas, and situations in which patients present with disruptive behaviors Maintains full clinical licensure as required by law and the Association of Social Work Boards in order to maintain a clinical caseload Performs other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm Functional Statement #: PD53916-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for the highly qualified individual Financial Disclosure Report: 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.