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Social Worker (TCM Program Coordinator)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Prescott
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Summary The Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program Coordinator oversees all transition activities and the coordination of care and services for all Post 9/11 service members (SM) and Veterans (V) treated at Northern Arizona VA Health Care System. Post 9/11 SMN come from a wide geographic area. Their health care and psychosocial problems and needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. Responsibilities Duties of this position include but are not limited to: Serves as the facility point of contact for all inquiries regarding transition of Post 9/11 SMNs and as point of contact for Post 9/11 SMN seeking health care from the facility. These duties include outreaching a wide variety of stakeholders (e.g. Veterans, families, state and community agencies, Veterans Service Organizations, military support programs). Incumbent addresses Congressional inquiries and VISN and VA Central Office action items as requested. Oversees or works closely with facility care management teams to include but not limited to nurse and social worker case managers, the Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator, the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Coordinator and the Women Veterans Program (I/WP) Coordinator. Serves as facility Point of Contact for Polytrauma patients. Ensures Post 9/11 SMN receive comprehensive preventive mental and physical health evaluations. Incumbent accomplishes this by establishing collaborative relationships with physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other disciplines to foster their involvement in the care of Veterans in the TCM Program. Planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures; developing program goals and objectives; and monitoring, operating, and evaluating the functioning of the program. Ensures that all Post 9/11 SMN are screened for the need for care management services and that those in need of nurse and/or social worker Case Managers are assigned accordingly, particularly those who are severely injured or ill. Coordinates psychosocial evaluation, assessment, and periodic reassessments of all Post 9/11 SMN who are actively being case managed. Establishes and maintains an ongoing education program for patients, community agencies, students, and staff to facilitate understanding of medical treatment, including clinical practice guidelines, mental health issues, readjustment issues, psychosocial problems, and care giver issues facing Post 9/11 SMN. Uses the social work process (psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment) in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members to develop a care management plan and psychosocial interventions. Evaluates the need for mental health services and makes appropriate referrals for individual, group, couples, and family treatment services. Must be sensitive to the ethnic and cultural diversity and age-specific challenges Post 9/11 SMN and adjusts intervention and treatment plans as appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not require. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications SW GS 12 Coordinator Quals Basic Requirements: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part). 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 /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 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. Physical Requirements. Walking, reading, listening, observing, evaluating, speaking, writing, use of office equipment, driving, and performing CPR. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient . 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: Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12 Experience and Education. 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. (2) 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. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39. The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Prescott , Social Worker (TCM Program Coordinator), Other , Prescott, Arizona

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