Social Worker - Outpatient Mental Health Clinic - Menlo Park Division and Fremont
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Menlo Park, California
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 645949800
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. 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). 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-13 (1) Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 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. 2) 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. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. (a) Skill in coordinating and implementing one or more specialty program(s), across the facility. (b) Skill in local policy and practice development, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program as prescribed by the program handbook or national directive. (c) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). (d) Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to further program goals and enhance patient centered care. (e) Ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties including assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; and selection of staff, training, and recommendation of awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary action. (f) Ability to oversee the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (including fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget. (g) Knowledge of organizational structure and impact on program operations. (4) Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. At this grade level, social worker program coordinators oversee the administrative and clinical aspects of a major specialty treatment program, such as, but not limited to: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Home-Based Primary Care, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Caregiver Support Program or Transition and Care Management Program, or a combination of programs located at one facility or multiple divisions of a facility. They are responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary staffing, work assignments, budget, treatment services provided, and admission criteria for the program. The program coordinator may or may not have supervisory responsibilities. They have full responsibility for all phases of service delivery for a major specialty program. The program coordinator is responsible for the program's resource and fiscal management, monitoring control points developing the annual budget, operating within that budget, and accounting for appropriated funds. They are administratively responsible for the programming and operations of the program assigned, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. Program coordinators provide leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned staff. They initiate and conduct program or service audits and complete designated clinical practice audits and reports, including productivity. Program coordinators oversee program operations and evaluations, identifying areas for improvement, gathering relevant data, assessing the data, developing and implementing ideas for improvement, and evaluating efficacy of improvement efforts. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II, Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: This is primarily a sedentary position. Basic Life Support (BLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Maintains certification in BLS or ACLS on a quarterly basis. MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATOR (MVO) LICENSURE The incumbent of this position must possess an appropriate valid driver's license. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Incumbent is Social Work Program Coordinator for the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (MHC), in Menlo Park Division (MPD) and at the Fremont CBOC at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). MPD is the largest of the mental health clinics in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, with approximately 20,000 encounters per year. There are approximately 30 multi-disciplinary staff, and another 30 rotating trainees at MPD, and the incumbent has administrative oversight over the entire clinic. The Fremont CBOC has approximately 1,000 encounters per year, and 8 Mental Health staff, and works closely with GMC at FRC. Incumbent has administrative oversight over this entire clinic, as well.\nThe incumbent is responsible for the delivery of all mental health services in both of these clinics which includes assessment, treatment, referrals and case management for the mentally ill and medically fragile veteran population, using a multidisciplinary team approach. A wide range of bio-psycho-social rehabilitation services are provided through case management, crisis intervention, brief and evidence-based treatment for individual and group therapy. In addition to coordinating all general mental health services, incumbent also oversees specialty services including the Women's Counseling Center and the Intimate Partner Violence Program, and works closely with the Family Therapy Training Program, the Stanford Psychology Training Program, PTSD Clinical Team, Addiction Treatment Services, Domiciliary Programs, Trauma Recovery Programs, MHICM, Choice Program, and Compensated Work Therapy programs to coordinate care and treatment for veterans.\nAdditionally, Incumbent is the Supervisory Social Worker for MPD and FRC, and directly oversees the administrative, clinical and technical work of Mental Health Social Workers in the Mental Health Clinic at these sites. This includes: (6) GS-12 Senior Social Workers and (21) GS 9-11 Social Worker. Incumbent is programmatically responsible for all other disciplines (psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse, health technicians, peer support specialists, trainees, and admin staff) providing services the Mental Health Clinics, totaling approximately 65 multidisciplinary staff. Incumbent may provide Social Work clinical supervision for those providers working toward California licensure. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.