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. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: 1. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 2. 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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. 3. 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/. Grade Determinations: GS-12 1. Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. 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. 2. Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as Supervisory Social Workers must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and 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) Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines. (b) Knowledge of supervisory duties which includes clinical supervision, consultation, negotiation with other departments and quality improvement. (c) Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services. (d) Ability to provide staff training and development. (e) Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The position requires light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds) and use of fingers. You must be able to work alone and work closely with others, there will be exposure to individuals having psychiatric and physical illness. ["This Social Worker is assigned to the VHA Liaison Program under Transition and Case Management with responsibility to provide direct services for Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Supervisory social workers typically have significant personnel management responsibilities for a small to moderate sized professional and non-professional staff, including support staff and professional staff at the GS-12 grade level and below. The supervisory social worker is responsible for the professional and administrative management of an area in a social work service and provide direct clinical services with or without program coordination responsibilities. Social Work Supervisors must be licensed at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for subordinate staff to qualify for licensure. The incumbent assumes supervisory and administrative responsibility for the management of the assigned social workers who function within various programs. Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices regarding race, color, religion, sex, and affirmative action for the area under incumbent supervision in the following: Merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants. Fair treatment of all employees. Encouragement and recognition of employee achievements. Career development of employees. Full utilization of their skills. Roles and responsibilities of the supervisor include: Coordinate the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) referral process for VA Puget Sound and oversee and supervise the VHA Liaison Program and staff. Plan, establish, and implement policies and procedures. Develop individual or group goals and objectives, as well as monitor, operate, evaluate, coordinate, and oversee the Social Work staff of the assigned program. Assure the Social Workers whom they supervise are aware of and adhere to all current directives of VHA, and meet current JCAHO standards, state licensure standards, and VA-OIG expectations. Conduct ongoing intensive reviews and appraisals to ensure the accomplishment of objectives and adherence to standards set by governing bodies. Supervise a group of employees performing work at various GS levels up to their own grade and provide administrative, technical, and clinical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit. Perform administrative and personnel management functions relative to staff supervised. Set established guidelines and performance expectations for staff, clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observe employee performance and demonstrate and conduct work performance critiques. Provide informal feedback and periodically evaluate employee performance. Resolve informal complaints and grievances. Develop work improvement plans and recommend personnel actions as necessary. Provide advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effect disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Review and approve or disapprove leave requests. Assure subordinates are trained and fully comply with safety regulations. Supervise employees to accomplish the work of the organization unit. Exercise supervisor authority and responsibility involving work assignment and review, as well as administrative and personnel management functions relative to staff supervised. Perform a wide range of services and provide technical assistance to state, local, and private agencies and universities. Technical assistance is provided to monitor activity and program review, and the development and analysis of information. Use sound judgment in the interpretation of trends and patterns; the application of guidelines; and the recommendation of program enhancements. Perform program analysis, development, review, research, design, and contact work as possible with various agencies (public, DOD, state, etc.). Review, monitor, analyze, plan, and assess various programs. Plan, develop, and implement key project activities. A substantial portion of the workload directed by this position will be carried out at one or more locations that are physically removed from the main unit under conditions that make day-to-day supervision difficult to administer. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8am to 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinators @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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