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. Learn more To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,01/25/2022. 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work. Licensure: Individuals assigned as Senior Social Work must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. 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 Grade Level Requirements: GS-12 Senior Social Worker (1) Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of 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. (2) Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an 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) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) 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. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge 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 and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 - Social Worker Qualification Standard Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. The incumbent must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the Social Worker or others. Position requires walking throughout the clinic and/or Medical Center, standing for extended periods of time, and involves sitting at a computer and in counsel and consultation with Veterans and interdisciplinary teams. This position also requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and repetitive motions of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Position requires travel to the community, patient homes and other sites. Demonstrates awareness of and follows all home visit safety guidelines. ["This Senior Social Worker position functions as the Home Based Primary Care Social Worker. This position is located at the Community Cased Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS) in North Conway, NH and in the communities surrounding each of these locations. This position reports to the Social Work Service Line. Home Base Primary Care (HBPC) social workers are assigned to Home-Based Primary Care Team (HBPC) and function as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team that provides comprehensive medical intervention and case management to patients with disabling, complex, chronic health conditions. Patients involved with HBPC tend to require care that is broad-based and longitudinal. Their health care and psychosocial problems and needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem-solving requiring advanced practice clinical social work skills. HBPC services are provided in the veteran's home environment and include palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and ongoing coordination of care. The goal of HBPC programs is to provide comprehensive, in-home medical care to veterans with disabling, complex, chronic disease not managed effectively by routine clinic-based care. HBPC programs seek to provide patient-centered care which allows veterans to avoid emergency room visits and frequent hospitalizations as well as to empower medically frail veterans to live safely in their homes for as long as possible. HBPC Social Workers work independently and without immediate access to social work supervision to provide expert level psychosocial interventions and case management services to veterans with complex medical, social and behavioral conditions in which routine clinic-based care is not effective. HBPC social workers carry out their duties cooperatively and collaboratively with other treatment team members, professionals and paraprofessionals both at the Manchester VA and in the community. The Senior Social Worker possesses advanced practice skills and judgment and at least two years in an area of specialized social work practice. Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.\nCompressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized\nTelework: May be authorized at Supervisors discretion. Telework Ad-Hoc work can be performed on an as needed basis anywhere other than a VA facility or using VA-leased space (example: home).\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker/PDF04048\nRelocation Incentive: Authorized\nRecruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Brittney Kohnke at Brittney.Kohnke@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required NOTIFICATIONS: This position is an NAGE Bargaining Unit position. This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. This position is in the Excepted Service. Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees. Incomplete applications will not be considered."]
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