Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 870948

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.  

This announcement is open until filled. Qualified applicants will be considered when application is received. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early for best consideration.

This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are right in town and camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, alpines and cross country skiing, snow tubing, Indian casinos are so close as two hours away.

El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town. This is a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and three states.

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire.

Several independent studies have ranked El Paso as one of the safest cities in the U.S. compared to cities of similar population size. Additionally, other studies have shown El Paso’s economy has grown since 2009, despite the national recession. Along with this economic rise, El Paso has experienced significant growth within federal government employment. The El Paso VA Health Care System is one such agency, with a growth of over 200 new employees in the last four years, making the VA medical clinic a premier employment choice. 

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS11 to GS13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses not authorized for this position.

Duties

The incumbent selected will serve as the Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) within the Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) Program at the El Paso VA Health Care System. The Health Behavior Coordinator (HBC) will serve several roles.  First, the HBC will train, mentor, and guide Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) members to support self-management and address health-related behaviors via effective health behavior coaching and the use of motivational interviewing and other empirically-based communication and health behavior change approaches. Thus, the HBC will have a significant role as a consultant and coach for PACT team members who will implement patient-centered care. Second, the HBC will work closely with the HPDP Program Manager to develop new or adapt existing VHA HPDP programs, guide implementation, and coordinate evaluation strategies to determine the efficacy of health promotion and disease prevention programs at the medical center.  In this role, the HBC will serve as co-chair of the facility HPDP Program Committee. Third, the HBC will have clinical responsibilities related health promotion interventions, such as group and individual smoking cessation and weight management counseling, and prevention-related assessment (e.g., pre-bariatric surgery psychological assessments). 

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 4:45pm

Duty Location:  Nursing and Patient Services,  5001 N. Piedras, El Paso, TX 79930