Social Worker - Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 679043700
This position provides clinical outreach services, care coordination, groups, support and collaborative services to veterans at selected college, university and technical school campuses in collaboration with campus and community partners. The incumbent will participate in Veteran orientations, hold weekly on campus hours, complete psychosocial assessments, enroll and refer to Primary Care and mental health, and link to other community based providers. 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. 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, this part. Education Requirement: Master of Social Work: Applicants must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Note: 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. COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED. Licensure Requirement: Appointment at the GS-11 Full Performance Level: Persons hired or reassigned to full performance 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. OR Appointment at the GS-9 (Entry or Developmental Level): VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level. For appointments at the GS-9 grade level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within three years of their appointment as a social worker. Grade Determinations: GS-9 (Entry Level) Experience, Education, and Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements. For appointments at the GS-9 grade level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within three years of their appointment as a social worker. Most states require two years of post-MSW experience as a prerequisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the applicant's resume must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. GS-11 (Full Performance Level) Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the applicant's resume must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11. ["Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Clinical Functions: VITAL Outreach Clinical social worker independently performs clinical, care coordination, and outreach duties and responsibilities relating to proactively finding, engaging and enrolling Veterans form selected educational sites as assigned. The incumbent independently uses a high level of skill in assessing student Veterans and transitioning them to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care. Incumbent provides clinical outreach, care coordination and education services at an independent practice level to student Veteran and their families that focus on timely access to care through early outreach, clinical assessment, care coordination, education and resource support services. Incumbent independently delivers a wide range of outreach services to student Veterans at college, university, vocational and technical higher educational sites. The incumbent provides proactive outreach and education to veteran and their families, federal, state, and local community providers and the general public to make them aware of VA services and to coordinate services across sites of care. The VITAL Social Worker will work closely with VA! Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), Vet Center staff, and Veteran County Service Officers (VCSO) to build collaborative initiatives and services that serve this population. Participates in Veteran Student Orientations to discuss benefits of VA medical care and holds weekly on campus office hours to meet with Veteran Students. Works with Veteran Students who are at risk not graduating providing focused interventions and supports. Develops a marketing plan to encourage utilization of VA Medical Care. Proactively partners with local, regional, and national organizations that serve Veteran Students to align supports and improve interagency effectiveness. Conducts outreach to identify Veteran Students and assists with enrollment into VA health care. Meets face to face with Veteran Students and conducts psychosocial assessments and assists with scheduling primary care! mental health at the selected CBOC's. Arranges, coordinates and assists with on campus tele-health psychiatry and provides ongoing Care Coordination for Veteran students. Links Veteran students to resources (CVSO, Vet Center, Employment) and facilitates psycho-education groups regarding post-deployment readjustment and adaptive coping strategies, focusing on resiliency. Develops and disseminate information to relevant to Veteran Students and provides one on one! group education on common post deployment concerns and how to improve functioning. Consults with faculty and staff regarding working effectively with returning veterans who appear to be having difficulty emotionally or academically and staff the Student Veteran Councils. Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, appropriate facility meetings, and Social Work meetings. Shares knowledge and experiences gained from own clinical practice and education relevant to the field of Social Work. Must have a high level of skill and expertise to work Veterans and families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated mental, emotional, behavioral, physical, psychosocial, and environmental problems. Independently 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 independently the need for mental health services and makes appropriate referrals for individual, group, couple, and family treatment services. Must be sensitive to the ethnic and cultural diversity and age-specific challenges of the Post 9/11 population and adjusts intervention and treatment plans as appropriate. Administrative Functions: Is responsible for supporting the mission, policies, and procedures of VA, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility. Provides information VA Medical Care, conducts faculty education regarding normal post-deployment adjustment reactions, complicated post-deployment reactions, signs that a veteran is at risk for suicide, and how to refer a veteran to the VITAL Social Worker. Maintains data on numbers of veteran students vested in VA Primary Care Mental Health and other performance outcome measures that are targeted by leadership and key stakeholders to evaluate initiative impact. Conducts and reviews survey data to determine unmet needs and develop plan to meet the needs. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, some evenings and weekend hours may be required\nTelework: Ad-hoc\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.