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Job Title:Senior Social Worker (MHRRTP Clinical Care Coordinator)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:EA-HA-13-833636

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 01, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Leavenworth, KS United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 833636 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

First area of consideration will be given to NFFE bargaining unit employees at Leavenworth VAMC.  Second AOC will be given to EKHCS permanent employees.  Third  AOC will be given to the public (U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals).

This vacancy may be filled with either a Social Worker or a Psychologist (Vacancy #833646). 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care system (EKHCS) is a tertiary care health system providing Urgent Care, Inpatient and Outpatient Care, Research, Domiciliary Care, Nursing Home Care, and Geriatric Care to a 45-county primary service area which spans throughout Northeastern and Central Kansas and Missouri. EKHCS consists of two divisions: the Colmery-O'Neil Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center, located in Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as multiple Community Based Outpatient Clinics across the service area. This vacancy announcement is for one (1) position as the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) Clinical Care Coordinator with the Behavioral Health Service of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System and will be stationed at the Leavenworth campus.

The Clinical Care Coordinator has responsibility for the clinical care and support services provided veterans undergoing treatment in the MHRRTP Program and provides direct patient care services in the program area. The Clinical Care Coordinator also assists in the management of the daily operation of the program.

Major Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing and implementing policies related to all phases of treatment activity.
  • Directing the treatment activities for a 202-bed program.
  • Establishing and monitoring the success of program goals and objectives.
  • Identifying special treatment and patient care problems and mobilizing necessary treatment resources for satisfactory resolution of these problems.
  • Coordinating a broad-based interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Coordinating the five specialized treatment programs within the MHRRTP Care Program.
  • Advising the Chief, MHRRTP in the development of plans for the ongoing provision of domiciliary care patient treatments.
  • Ensuring care services are available to patients.
  • Actively participating in the provision of care.
  • Co-directing screening committee activities, including acceptance and admission of domiciliary patients, and directing the triage of incoming patients in acceptance and assignment to specialized treatment curriculum tracks

Relocation Expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • 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.  (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS)
  • Licensure:  Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work.  (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF LICENSE)
  • English Language Proficiency:  Social workers must be proficient in spoke and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

In addition to the Basic Requirements, Senior Social Workers must have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgments.  At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice.  Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level (LSCSW for the State of Kansas) which included an ASWB 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). 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. 

NOTE: IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

You will be evaluated on based upon the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) for this position:

  1. Knowledge and experience with the recovery philosophy and ability to lead the transformational efforts involved in bringing recovery oriented care to the facility.
  2. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness.  Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnosis within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.  Ability to determine priority of services and provide specialized treatment services.
  3. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
  4. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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.  Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs.  Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
  5. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills.  Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.
  6. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs.  Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

REFERENCES:  VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009, available in the local Human Resources Office.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS Work, divided between office and clinical ward settings, is primarily sedentary.  May require prolonged standing, moderate walking, and manual dexterity.  Requires carrying light items, such as books, files, or laptop computer.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 833636.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Copy of current and valid License as determined by the state held (required).
  5. Copy of college transcripts (copies are acceptable, they do NOT have to be originals) awarding a Master's in Social Work and date awarded (required). 
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Katherine E. Desaulniers
Phone: (913)682-2000x52499
Email: KATHERINE.DESAULNIERS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Kansas HCS
2200 Southwest Gage Boulevard
Topeka, KS
66622

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

EA-HA-13-833636

Control Number:

336733400