Social Worker (Program Coordinator, Domiciliary)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 10/11/2019
Description The incumbent serves as Assistant Program Coordinator Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) . The DCHV falls under the supervisor of the Veterans Recovery Center Program Manager. The DCHV is located organizationally within the Community Base Service Line. The is located at the Heinz campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. It is an integral component of the health delivery system of VA Pittsburgh housing up to 50 veterans.

As the Program Coordinator for the DCHV program responsibilities include managing the administrative and clinical aspects of the program. Coordinating interdisciplinary staffing, work assignments, budget, treatment services provided and admission criteria of the program. The incumbent manages and controls the use of data related to the program regarding day to day functioning and program evaluation. In conjunction with the Veterans Recovery Center Program Manager (VRCPM) plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, patient an non-nursing personnel activities for the service. The incumbent must be an Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

The incumbent directly supervised a group of employees performing work at various GS levels (e.g. social workers, vocational rehabilitation specialist, program support assistant, etc.) and provides administrative, technical and clinical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work. Coordinates with supervisors of other disciplines such as nursing, chaplain, police, psychology to ensure treatment service effectiveness and safety within the program.

Performs the administrative and personnel management function relative to staff supervised. Incumbent establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluate4s employee performance. Incumbent is able to resolve informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. He/She provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Incumbent assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations. The incumbent performs a wide range of services and provides technical assistance to State, local, and private agencies and universities. Technical assistance provided is based on monitoring activities and program reviews, and the development and analysis of information. In addition, the incumbent uses sound judgement in the interpretation of trends and patterns; the application of guidelines; an the recommendation of program enhancements. The incumbent performs program analysis, development, review, research, design and contact work with various agencies (public, DOD, state, etc.)

Incumbent ensures the Joint Commission Standards and CARF Standards are followed and will prepare for surveys. He/She will train and prepare staff for visits.
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 7:30a-4:00p
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • Licensed or certified at the advanced practice level (LCSW or equivalent).
Grade Determinations:
GS-12: Senior Social Worker
(a) Experience, Education and Licensure. Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates
possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized
social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice
level which included an ASWB 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). 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 (see paragraph 3a(c)). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the
professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.
  2. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries,visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
  3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
  4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.
  5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs.Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.
(c) Assignments. Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior Social Workers typically practice in a major specialty treatment program area, such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord
Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program
development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns.
They are also assigned in settings where they have no access to social work supervision, such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. They may be assigned to work with special patient populations with highly-complex health or mental health problems requiring expert level psychosocial interventions, such as VA/DOD liaisons assigned to Military Treatment Facilities as part of seamless transition or social worker case managers in Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) programs.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005 PART II APPENDIX G39. SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, Dated February 29, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (under 15 lbs); Light Carrying (under 15 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers;Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.

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