The Social Worker is responsible for all administrative and clinical aspects of the Admissions Department of the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) located at the White City, OR VA Medical Center. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/31/2022. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. 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 (MSW) 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. Grade Determinations, GS-12: Licensure - Licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level. Experience - Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. 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. Advanced Practice Level. Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support. The advanced practice Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership in developing and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstrates leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession. The advanced practice Social Worker will make independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; the consequences to the veteran of these decisions and actions may be quite serious. Work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills not typically required in routine social work interventions. The advanced practice Social Worker has mastered a range of specialized interventions and provides consultation to colleagues, renders professional opinions based on experience and expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention, and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment. The advanced practice Social Worker utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings. Differentiating Full Performance Level from Advanced Practice Level. This is done based on the differences between independent practice, which is required for all VHA social workers, and advanced practice. A social worker practicing at the independent level has a generalized knowledge of practice, whereas the social worker practicing at the advanced level has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or patient population. The advanced practice social worker can be further differentiated from the independent practice social worker by his/her ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. A social worker with advanced practice skills and personal qualifications that meet the standard for the Senior Social Worker will have passed an advanced generalist or clinical ASWB examination and be assigned to a position that requires use of the advanced practice skills in order to be considered for the senior social worker grade. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in the paragraph below. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (a) Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. (b) Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. (c) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. (d) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). (e) Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. Must have a full, unrestricted drivers license to operate a motor vehicle. Preferred Experience: Experience serving Homeless Veterans a plus. References: VA Handbook 5005/50 Part II Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Selectee will be appointed at the GS-12 level. Physical Requirements: Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Use of fingers; Walking & Standing (1-2 hours); Operation of a motor vehicle; Both eyes required; depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors & shades of colors; Emotional and Mental stability; Hearing (aid permitted); work with psychiatric patients with behavioral problems; work with patients with drug and alcohol problems. Environmental factors include dust, fumes, exposure to pet dander & overhead light; working alone & with others, overhead light, scents from various homes and individuals; exposure to shared office space that requires ability to focus with some distraction. ["The Social Worker manages the daily operation of the department, directs patient care services in the department area, develops policies and procedures for department operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The Social Worker manages and controls the use of data related to Admissions regarding day to day functioning and program evaluation. In conjunction with the Service Chief, the incumbent plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, patient and personnel activities for the department. The Social Worker is expected to collaborate with other Services on a regular basis in order to support the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) mission. The Social Worker may also provide direct patient care services in the program area. The Social Worker is expected to provide complex clinical services to Veterans and clinical consultation to subordinate staff on a daily basis. The nature of this work necessitates strong ethical principles as well as advocacy skills in order to ensure that Veterans have a safe as well as a therapeutic environment with which to meet treatment goals. The Social Worker follows the NASW Code of ethics in order to guide the daily practice and interactions with Veterans and staff. Major duties will include, but will not be limited to: a. The Social Worker directly and indirectly supervises a group of employees (social workers, nurses, medical support assistant, MDs, peer support specialist) performing work at various GS levels and provides administrative, technical, and clinical supervision necessary for accomplishing the mission. Ensures adequate staffing to ensure Veteran-centric program outcomes.\nb. Supervises employees to accomplish the work of the Admissions Department. Exercises authority and responsibility involving work assignments as well as other related administrative and personnel management functions.\nc. Performs administrative and personnel management functions for supervised staff. The Social Worker establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Social Worker is able to resolve informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. Advises and counsels workers on work and administrative matters. Effects staff disciplinary measures as appropriate. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Social Worker ensures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.\nd. Develops and administers policies, procedures, and programs to enhance the Veteran's Admissions experience in the MHRRTP. Coordinates within the Behavioral Health Service Line (BHSL) departments. Coordinates with other VA SORCC departments in order to maintain a supportive and therapeutic residential treatment environment. Develops and implements information and workload systems to evaluate the quality of services provided and track productivity. Also coordinates with other VISN treatment centers concerning admission candidates for RRTP as well as maintaining a working relationship with other VISN RRTPs in order to facilitate work relationships.\ne. Coordinates and leads the Admissions team, and makes successive improvements in processes to benefit the residential treatment experience for all MHRRTP Veterans.\nf. Collaborates with and assists others within or across work groups to validate and/or improve practice, either on the basis of application of current research-based knowledge or conducting research. This may include methods to evaluate the outcomes of practice changes and reporting the results as appropriate.\ng. Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to ensure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, and affirmative action for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills. Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4:00pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: A Recruitment Incentive may be 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.