This Senior Social Worker position is in Social Work service at the VA Boston Healthcare System located in Brockton, MA. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/22/2022. 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 the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work. Licensure. 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. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations/Minimum Qualifications for GS-12 (1) Experience and Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. (2) Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they 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 a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 - Social Worker Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Preferred Experience Experience in fast paced setting Experience with discharge planning Experience with medical social work Multi-disciplinary team experience Experience with geriatric population Experience with guardianship/legal Exhibits initiative through committee/project work Experience with complex family dynamics Experience with drafting policies, SOPs and familiarity with VA handbooks Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center and the community is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending, and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities it may be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, their families, representatives of community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies. The incumbent must travel in a government vehicle for extended periods of time in carrying out professional duties when deemed necessary. ["The incumbent serves as the Senior Social Worker for the Community Living Center by providing assessment and case management for veterans with complex psychosocial needs including but not limited to legal, cognitive and end of life care needs in the Community Living Center. Incumbent is administratively responsible for clinical programs providing services in specialty areas. The Veteran population served by the incumbent typically has complex health and/or mental health issues, and/or legal issues, and/or end of life needs impacting patients' ability to live independently in the community. The program(s) coordination responsibilities include provision of direct patient care services in the program(s) area including assessment of new admissions, management of the daily operation of the program(s), development of policies and procedures for program(s) operation, and preparation of reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The incumbent manages program(s) data regarding day-to-day functioning and program(s) evaluation. In conjunction with the Social Work Supervisor, incumbent plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, and patient activities for the program(s). Work Schedule: Full-Time; Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.\nCompressed: Not Authorized\nTelework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized\nFunctional Statement #: PDF01212\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required NOTIFICATIONS: This position is in the Excepted Service. Veterans' preference does not apply for internal or other current permanent Federal agency employees. Due to a critical staffing shortage, 38 U.S.C. § 7412 waives the requirement to apply Veterans' preference for this job announcement. Current Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. This is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. Selectee may be required to work at any VA Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. Incomplete applications will not be considered."]
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.