Senior Social Worker - Women Veterans Program Manager
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 679020100
The role of the Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) is to assess the need for services for women veterans and implement services for eligible women veterans as well as to provide oversight to ensure that identified needs are met. The WVPM executes comprehensive planning for women's health issues that improves the overall quality of care provided to women veterans and achieves program goals and outcomes. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part). 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. 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). English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Preferred Experience: 1 year of community or field work experience. 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/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. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates 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. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 II-G39 ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Coordinates the provision of comprehensive health care services to women veterans; plans for the establishment of new specialty or primary programs and the expansion of existing programs; ensures equity of access, service and benefits to women veterans; coordinates the provision of state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, consultation and referral services within a comprehensive, integrated health care network; coordinates medical and/or surgical health care services and ensures psychological care of mental health needs; assesses the improved quality of clinical care; collects, develops and analyzes data derived from these programs to assist in planning for women veterans services, and utilizes appropriate clinical indicators and monitoring activities to assure that the care provided is of the highest quality. Ensures the coordination and provision of gender-specific and gynecological services; counseling and treatment for sexual trauma; appropriate psychiatric services such as drug and alcohol treatment and group therapy, which may have gender variations; endocrinology; and oncology (breast and reproductive cancers) to eligible women veterans. Coordinates input from providers and works closely with the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee to ensure that appropriate pharmaceuticals are available.\nDesigns and implements an aggressive outreach program to identify and locate women veterans in need of health care services. Outreach is to include extensive communication and coordination with state veterans' offices and other health social services agencies. Facilitates management of women veterans' health care services through the utilization of medical center staff and/or community service providers. Networks with appropriate statewide service providers and community resources to ensure that women veterans receive services within a reasonable radius of their home. Provides consultation and technical assistance to the medical center Contracting Officer as required for contracted services. Is the designated contact person for medical center staff, women veterans and their families, as appropriate, who are in need of the facilitation of health care and counseling services. Serves as an advocate for women veterans by identifying issues pertinent to them and mobilizing resources for resolution. Ensures compliance with all existing VA policies and regulations, medical center procedures and policies and other relevant requirements. Monitors and ensures patient satisfaction among women veterans, developing effective mechanisms for feedback and for implementation of improvements in service, in all aspects of women veterans' health care. Collects and monitors reliable, current data on the care of women veterans including patient workload statistics (demographics, specialty visits, stop codes, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)-4, International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) and Decision Support System (DSS) Codes). Chairs the Women Veterans Health Committee, meeting regularly to manage the care of women patients and to identify and address areas of special concern. Leads the committee as they systematically resolve problems by initiating review of systems, developing an action plan, and reporting methods of resolution. Initiates and supports activities which educate and sensitize internal staff to the unique needs of women. This includes developing and coordinating orientation and training programs for new medical center employees, coordinating women veterans' activities and programs within the facility and developing resource guides and other written literature relevant to the Women Veterans Health Program. Participates in executive-level decision-making deliberations and policy design at the facility level that will impact the care of women veterans. Consultation with the Primary Healthcare Team and Stress Disorder Treatment Team is expected to provide greater understanding of psychosocial dynamics and special concerns of women veterans. Remains current with new developments in women's health and will maintain professional competency by reading professional journals and engaging in continuing education activities and professional learning experiences and by communicating with other professionals in the profession and related professions. May participate in research activities pertinent to women veterans' health. Although limited research is conducted in the clinical setting, the use of carefully executed procedures may be a part of a research design and ay be requested to assist in gathering clinical research data. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm\nTelework: May be available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\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.