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The incumbent in this social work program coordinator position provides housing and case management services to Tribally Eligible Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/21/2022. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship. Education. Possess 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. For grades below or at the full performance 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 3 years of their appointment as a social worker. Licensure. Possess a full and unrestricted license or certification by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. Preferred Experience: At least one year of experience working in the HUD/VASH Program. Grade Determinations: Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12 Education and Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 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. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G39. Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-185. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve active listening, reading, observing, and evaluating verbal and nonverbal behavior, walking, climbing stairs, speaking, writing reports, writing policies and procedures, writing clinical notes, using office equipment such as computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopy machines, and driving throughout the VISN. Incumbent will be asked to transport patients in GSA vehicles and just meet DOT physical qualifications in accordance with 49 CFR 391.41facility requirements for drivers in accordance with established policy. Strenuous physical activity is not required. ["Plans, develops, and maintains a network of relationships with community resources and other advocates for the homeless to effectively screen and identify Veteran members of the homeless population. Depending upon need, the incumbent makes Tribal Health Care, VA or community-based referrals, advocates for scarce resources, confirms referrals are completed and provides intensive follow-up and coordination with these agencies. Interviews potential clients, interprets VHA guidelines and eligibility requirements and completes a psychosocial history and assessment. Establishes procedures and coordinates the screening and admission process for the HUD/VASH program by developing and maintaining criteria that recognizes\nprogram eligibility, prioritization for program acceptance, and requirements of the TDHEs/PHAs. Coordinates the screening and admission for program candidates. Coordinates closely with local Enrollment Office for consideration of potentially eligible candidates whose eligibility is uncertain to address\nprogram ability to provide service. Provides clinical services to clients. Provides guidance, emotional support, and other assistance. Involve clients in individual, group, or family counseling. Makes provision for referral services to other agency organizations, community resources, or other governmental resources to resolve problems. Employs casework methods and techniques to maintain a therapeutic relationship that will help the client work towards the best way of dealing with his/her problems. Provides direct social work, mental health, and substance use treatment services for Veterans and family members or significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment, consistent with scope of service. Provides advice, guidance, emotional support, and other assistance including individual crisis\nmanagement services needed to maintain the Veteran safely in their residence. Assists and encourages Veteran and significant others in identifying treatment goals, using problem solving techniques, considering alternative courses of action, and arriving at plans for using resources to resolve problems. The incumbent maintains social work treatment plans based on clinical assessment for each Veteran which are reviewed quarterly with updates annually and as needed. The incumbent makes routine visits to each Veteran in residence to assess their environment and provide on-going clinical services. Contributes to the efficient running of the Tribal HUD-VASH program by submitting reports in an accurate, timely fashion, entering CPRS notes within 72 hours of encounter and HOMES data within seventy-two hours of updates to critical monitor elements. Develops policy and participates in establishing procedures within the assigned service area. Contributes to the efficiency of the unit and Service by participating in Homeless Stand Down planning and implementation and conducting Homeless Walk-In clinic as applicable to duty station assignment. Attend community meetings as requested by supervisor, representing VA Homeless Program in a professional, collaborative manner. Incumbent requires advanced knowledge of Tribal policies and practices as a means of effectively liaising between the Tribal Government, Federal Agencies, and local housing authorities. Accepts other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm (May be required to work occasional weeknights or weekends as program needs dictate).\nCompressed/Flexible: Contingent on program and agency needs\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 55591-O\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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.