Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Social Worker in Martinez, California
Summary 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 Responsibilities The Supervisory Social Worker supervises professional staff at the GS-12 grade and below, including advanced practice social workers, social work program coordinators, and administrative support staff across multiple sites within the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System (VA NCHCS) catchment area. The Supervisory Social Worker is responsible for the professional and administrative management of various programs within Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) Service. The incumbent also provides direct clinical services as needed. As the supervisor, the incumbent assists in planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures; developing individual or group goals and objectives as well as monitoring, operating, evaluating, coordinating and overseeing the staff under their direct supervision. The incumbent will assure the staff whom they supervise are aware of, adhere to all current directives of Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and meet current Joint Commission standards, State licensure standards, and VA-Office of Inspector General (OIG) expectations. The incumbent will conduct ongoing intensive reviews and appraisals to ensure the accomplishment of objectives and adherence to standards set by governing bodies. The Supervisory Social Worker provides direct supervision, oversight, and education to staff in Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care (CREC)/Community Living Center (CLC) social workers, Contract-Adult Day Health Care (C-ADHC), Respite Care, and Medical Foster Home (MFH) Programs. Incumbent may also supervise other GEC social workers and administrative support staff as needed. The incumbent will provide supervisory cross-coverage and clinical consultation to social workers under other GEC programs/sections which include: Community Nursing Home (CNH), Homemaker/Home Health Aide (H/HHA), Hospice/Palliative Care, Home Care Coordination (HCC), and Home Based Primary Care (HBPC). The incumbent may be assigned other clinical and administrative responsibilities to meet program goals. The incumbent may also be required to travel throughout VA NCHCS catchment area as needed. Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework, if approved, would be on an AD-HOC basis only and this is not a virtual or remote position. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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. 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, this part. Preferred Experience (please include in Resume if experience is present): Prior Supervisory Experience - at least 3 years Experience with Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and other governing bodies Experience in medical inpatient setting - Complex discharge planning, Conservatorship, & Resource Coordination Experience in Home Care Program Management and Development Experience with Performance Improvement activities (Root Cause Analysis, Lean Six Sigma, Plan-Do-Study-Act, etc.) Grade Determinations:GS-13 Supervisory Social Worker Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 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. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines. (b) Skill in a range 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 by supervised social workers. (d) Ability to delegate authority, manage priorities, coordinate work, and follow up on pending issues to complete duties in an accurate and timely fashion. (e) Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems, develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations, and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the service.(f) Ability to provide staff training and development. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39 Physical Requirements: Light lifting, Light Carrying, reaching above shoulders, use of fingers, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to distinguish shades of colors. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. 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