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). 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-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified 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 in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. 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). Grade Determinations:GS-12 Social Worker (Program Coordinator) Experience/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. Candidates 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185, Veterans Health Administration, dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. ["Work Schedule: Full Time; Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Subject to change to meet the needs of the Agency Telework: Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Effective 6/16/2023 - This is no longer authorized. EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The Medical Foster Home (MFH) program coordinator oversees the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They oversee program operations and evaluations, identifying areas for improvement, gathering relevant data, assessing the data, developing and implementing ideas for improvement and evaluating efficacy of improvement efforts. The position entails travel in the community (50%-75% of the time), to include visits to existing and prospective medical foster homes for the purpose of oversight visits and inspections. The incumbent of the position may be required to work an irregular tour of duty and/or weekends, depending on the needs of the program and/or service. They will also be responsible to help cover other GEC program areas as needed. Duties for the position may include but are not limited to: Participate in the development, evaluation, and communication of standards, policies, and procedures, and plans of care for the MFH program. Educate medical center colleagues and/or students regarding the MFH program and assist with dissemination of information to other VA facilities and community partners. Track MFH program assessments, consults, authorizations, statistics, data management, identify significant findings, problem solve, complete documentation reports pertaining to caseloads, productivity, and trainings. Prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. Provide program oversight to ensure quality care is provided by contracted agencies. Complete an initial screening of Veterans to determine whether they meet eligibility criteria for inclusion in the MFH program. Develop a treatment plan of the Veteran in collaboration with the referring team, the Veteran, family members, and caregivers, whenever possible. Assist referring clinical teams in treatment planning process and goal setting by identifying resources when warranted. Serve as a liaison between the contracted MFH provider and Veteran and/or family. Recruits prospective MFH caregivers and homes. Reviews MFH caregiver applications and determines if applicants are suitable to proceed based on requirements outlined in 1141.02(1) (Medical Foster Home Program Procedures) and VHA Handbook 1140.01 (Community Residential Care Program). Coordinates the pre-approval inspections of all prospective medical foster homes as well as the annual inspections of all approved medical foster homes, to include coordination with interdisciplinary inspection team members, conducting the on-site inspection, compiling the survey report, and following up on all corrective action plans. Ensures sentinel/adverse events are reported and investigated by program staff and reported through appropriate channels in a timely manner. Ensures suspected cases of abuse and/or neglect are reported and documented in accordance with current VANCHCS policy. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will, Life-Sustaining Treatment decisions, and will refer Veterans and/or families to other GEC programs or appropriate VA resource for identified health education needs. Provide Veterans and their caregiver's ongoing supportive counseling. Collaborate in the performance improvement processes and comply with performance measures as required by the VA for their specific population and/or programs. Participate in activities that obtain customer satisfaction feedback from clients and work to enhance services as needed. Coverage responsibilities in the absence of other GEC staff to ensure timely access and coordination of care. Accepts additional and special assignments that are necessary to meet GEC service goals, program goals and/or customer needs. This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and may be posted up to September 29, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be June 8, 2023, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st and 15th of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled."]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.