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Social Worker Program Coordinator (Rural Health)

The primary mission of the position is to assess rural health needs, foster collaborations that will leverage and increase access to quality care, and provide clinical mental health services to the rural Veteran population in and around Hoopa Valley. Through the work of this incumbent, it is expected that there will be an increase in enrollment in and/or utilization of VA health care in the rural areas, through bringing additional direct healthcare services and distance technologies into the home and rural community. The Rural Health Coordinator (RHC) will identify, develop, and/or support initiatives which will enhance service delivery to Veterans residing in rural and frontier areas, specifically in and around Hoopa Valley in Humboldt County. The RHC will identify gaps in service, develop methods for resolution, and provide direct clinical services. The RHC will interact with all SFVAHCS staff, including CBOC staff, and provide guidance to achieve results and improve rural health access. Major duties include: Program Coordination (40%) Assessment, Coordination, and Innovation Data Management and Program Evaluation Education Clinical (60%) Outreach and Enrollment Assistance Clinical Mental Health Treatment and Case Management/Coordination Services Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/30/2019. 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). 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 at the master's degree level. English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. 2. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. 3. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. 4. Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s). 5. Ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice. Assignments: GS-12 Social Worker Program Coordinators. Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) coordinators, Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) coordinators, Homeless Veterans Program (HVP) coordinators, Community Nursing Home Program (CNHP) coordinators. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. They manage 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 may be responsible for the program's budget. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • Department: 0185 Social Work
  • Salary Range: $74,596 to $96,978 per year



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