The incumbent is a Senior Social Worker responsible for implementing social work/psychosocial/behavioral health programming for Women's Health and LGBTQ+ Veterans functioning as subject matter expert for the Social Work Service located within North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL. 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: 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. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series at 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/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. 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 employment termination. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Senior Social Worker GS-12 Experience and Education: The candidate must have at least two (2) years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one (1) 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. 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. While we no longer require essay-style responses to our Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, (KSA's), you must be able to demonstrate that you possess the (below) competencies which are necessary to perform the work of the position. Please ensure your resume/CV/application contains sufficient information to support the level of experience/education/training. Otherwise, we will not be able to award you credit for the experience/education/training you claim. The GS-12 KSA's for this subject position are; Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. 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. 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. 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). Preferred Experience: Preferred experience is at least 3 years of experience in a mental health and/or medical setting. Candidates must be licensed at the advanced practice level, and must have the ability to provide supervision for licensure. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39, Qualification Standard for DVA Social Workers. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Able to meet the physical demands of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. They must have good manual dexterity. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken and written word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. The job entails walking, standing, bending. traveling among several different stories/floors, sitting, working on a computer, carrying objects. ["DUTIES: The Senior Social Worker provides day to day operations and clinical management for the position, to include direct patient care. The Senior Social Worker will serve as a subject matter expert for Women's Health and LGBTQ+ as it relates to the position, understanding related State and Federal law; State and Federal documentation requirements, and understanding clinical implementation requirements. The Senior Social Worker will exercise mature, professional judgment and use a wide range of clinical skills. The Senior Social Worker is responsible for clinical care, assessing on-going training needs, and developing/implementing training programs to maximize education, and improve clinical care across the Women's Health and LGBTQ+ population.\nThe Senior Social Worker will be a champion for advancing conversations on Women's Health and LGBTQ+ among all clinical disciplines across all NF/SGVHS. The Senior Social Worker is responsible for developing, tracking and monitoring program goals and reporting them as needed to internal and external stakeholders. The Senior Social Worker manages all data for the program and can use this data toward performance improvement efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency for all aspects of the program. Expertise in execution of data management/evaluation is critical to this position. The Senior Social Worker is responsible for attending local, VISN and National Women's Health and LGBTQ+ calls and trainings to stay current on program implementation, trends and use knowledge gained to evaluate NF/SGVHS program efficiency and effectiveness. The Senior Social Worker provides multi-disciplinary education, ongoing training, and orientation of new staff across all services and locations of NF/SGVHS. The Senior Social Worker routinely consults with variety of internal and external stakeholders on Women's Health and LGBTQ+ population to accomplish the work of the program. The Senior Social Worker must be a skilled communicator capable of developing effective partnerships within the VA, local, state and other federal agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations. The Senior Social Worker must have skill in presenting orally and in writing to a wide range of internal and external customers at all levels of organizations. The Senior Social Worker serves as an interdisciplinary team member and must be a team player. Advises and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams throughout the medical center on Women's Health and LGBTQ+. Creates educational tools, develops programs and implements training focused on Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care. Provides education and in-service training to VA employees, Veterans, families and caregivers, and other governmental and non-governmental community partners. Facilitates individual and group sessions (face-to-face or through video/telehealth modalities) and educational programs. Distributes educational materials provided by VA, local, state and national organizations. The Senior Social Worker will attend and participate in administrative and clinical staff meetings. The Senior Social Worker will comply with all policies/regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senior Social Worker may also participate in the student training program, new employee orientation, as well as, serve on facility, VISN, and national committees and workgroups with supervisory approval. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available.\nTelework: Not available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Senior Social Worker Women's Health and LGBT, FS #50720F.\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.