Social Worker (Program Coordinator) - HUD-VASH Program
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota, South Dakota
Internal Number: 748698300
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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). 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/. Loss of Licensure or Certification. 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 termination of employment. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12 Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. 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 social worker program coordinator 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. Physical Requirements: You will be asked to participate in a pre-employment examination as part of the pre-employment process for this position. Questions about physical demands or environmental factors may be addressed at the time of examination. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. ["Oversite of the program including orientation and training, ongoing use of data for purposes of program improvement and staff education, training, supervision, and development. Provides functional leadership, coordination and supervision of other VASH program staff, as designated by the Homeless Program Manager. Makes recommendations for filling clinical and other program positions and further prepares the Homeless Program staff to form a functioning interdisciplinary team; provides training, supervision and consultation on a regular basis Coordinates staff development and in-service training. Trains HUD-VASH Staff: Guaranteeing all HUD-VASH case management staff members have training in Critical Time Intervention (CTI), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Housing First, Low-Demand Model of Care, and other clinical approaches relevant to the population. Training must be completed within 90 calendar days of initial start date. Ensuring all orientation processes meet TJC and CARF standards, including the documentation of completion of orientation. Establishes internal working partnerships to reduce barriers and silos across all homeless and VA medical facility programs to ensure a seamless transition between providers for Veterans served in HUD-VASH. Engages in community outreach and developing community partnerships, particularly with the local Homeless CoC. Coordinates with the local PHA to provide streamlined and timely processes for HUD-VASH voucher utilization. This includes the referral process, voucher issuance, and the leasing process. At minimum, there needs to be a quarterly reconciliation of data between the HUD-VASH Coordinator, or their designee, and the PHA(s) to determine the status of all HUD-VASH vouchers and processing times between referral to the PHA and lease up. Reconciles voucher status with the PHA, including any vouchers that are marked as graduated, on a minimum of a quarterly basis. Provides programmatic direction and supervision to staff assigned to HUD-VASH, including case manager, program support, and associated providers. Assists in the development of administrative and personnel documents such as position descriptions, functional statements, and completing performance appraisals. Establishes and maintains a process for referral, evaluation, and admission to HUD-VASH to ensure that the most vulnerable Veterans are prioritized. Performing a review of the program process to improve efficiency and further refine the rapid housing process at least annually. Respond to and track all Homeless Program consults, both internally and externally. Chart reviews to ensure documentation meets TJC and CARF standards of care. Provides case consultation, especially around high-risk situations. Conducts appropriate program audits, such as but not limited to: Performance measures and descriptive measures. Frequency of clinical contacts based on the stage of case management being provided; and HOMES data reviews to ensure policy adherence, including that data is entered within three business days. Coordinates accreditation activities and ensures compliance with accreditation requirements. Works closely with community partners to eliminate Veteran homelessness. Establishes practices to rapidly identify and assess homeless Veterans for HUD-VASH. Outreach and Access. Establishing internal and external partnerships to build functional, cooperative relationships that work seamlessly to enhance HUD-VASH's efficiency and effectiveness in outreach and service delivery. Modeling effective Housing First principles. Establishing procedures with other VA Homeless Programs and with community-based homeless programs to provide assistance to Veterans who are not eligible for HUD-VASH or who are not interested in pursuing HUD-VASH. Developing relationships with other VA programs to improve access to the full range of health care services needed by homeless Veterans. This is particularly important for vesting physicals, mental health evaluations, and other services utilized by this population. Manages a caseload and provides direct client care to Veterans in the HUD-VASH program through routine home visits. Provide mental health, substance abuse and crisis intervention services to promote stable housing and enhance Veteran's quality of life. Complete and update psychosocial assessments and treatment plans based on clinical needs and Veteran's identified goals. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1600 Telework: Ad Hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VHAVISN23EDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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