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Job Title: Social Worker (Community Entry Specialist)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Albany, NY
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Social Worker (Community Entry Specialist)

The Senior Social Worker is the community Coordinated Entry (CE) Program Specialist for Homeless Programs. This position represents Albany VA Homeless Program within the 18 county catchment area and coordinates for VA homeless programs to fully collaborate with the community, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) and other Homeless Program community agency partners, to coordinate the housing and homeless Veteran treatment planned entry efforts in that community. The Senior Social Worker supports the VA Homeless Program by directing continuity of care for homeless Veterans between VHA and community-based programs, as the Veteran transitions from homelessness into programs such as Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), HCHV Contract Residential Housing (CRS), Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (RRTPs), and Grant Per Diem Programs (GPD) as well as directly to permanent housing through the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program or other forms of subsidized housing in the community. This is accomplished with routine presence at all county community Continuum of Care (CoC) meetings and providing VA consultation and expertise and for developing plans for homeless Veterans, with emphasis on those Veterans with complex housing needs.

Other duties include but are not limited to:

- Participating in program meetings, County Coordinated Entry (CoE) and policy and planning efforts including leadership roles within the 9 Continuum of Cares covered by the Albany VA Medical Center.
- Developing community planning and process and assistance with community policy development to ensure direct linkage from community services to Veterans Health Administration homeless program services through regular and consistent outreach, communication and collaboration with community agency providers, Veteran Service Organizations and county Veterans Service Offices.
- Direct case conferencing process within the coordinated entry system to ensure dedication of VA resources and facilitate referrals to VA programs such as Outreach, HCHV Case Management, HUD-VASH, SSVF, HCHV CRS, VJO and GPD, VA Homeless Domiciliary as well as and public housing authorities.
- Serve as a senior member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team to link treatment team discussions to the community's case conferencing discussions

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm,
Financial Disclosure Report: NOT Required

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.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English, in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Possess a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the council on Social Work
    Education (CSWE). 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 (http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-
    Programs.aspx) to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
  • 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.
Grade Determinations:
At least one year of experience at the next lower GS-11 grade level in the 0185 series or similar occupation in the Federal government that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work of a Community Entry Specialist. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to: administrative responsibility for a clinical treatment program, serving as a sole practitioner in a specific specialty to provide highly skilled direct patient care services, managing the daily operation of a program clinic, developing policies and procedures for program operation, preparing reports and statistical analysis for a medical facility, and responsibility for a program budget.
AND
For the GS-12 grade level as a Senior Social Worker, applicants must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice Social Work at the Master's degree level. e.g. LCSW/LICSW. Licensure: 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, e.g. LCSW/LICSW. (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF LICENSURE).

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a requirement for this position, applicants MUST have training as evidenced by a certificate from the American Heart Association (AHA) and/or Military Training Network (MTN).

In addition, you must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):
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.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850C, Social Work License, Driver's License
  • Resume
  • Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • VA Form 10-2850C, Social Work License, Driver's License
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English, in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Possess a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the council on Social Work
    Education (CSWE). 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 (http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-
    Programs.aspx) to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
  • 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.
Grade Determinations:
At least one year of experience at the next lower GS-11 grade level in the 0185 series or similar occupation in the Federal government that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work of a Community Entry Specialist. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to: administrative responsibility for a clinical treatment program, serving as a sole practitioner in a specific specialty to provide highly skilled direct patient care services, managing the daily operation of a program clinic, developing policies and procedures for program operation, preparing reports and statistical analysis for a medical facility, and responsibility for a program budget.
AND
For the GS-12 grade level as a Senior Social Worker, applicants must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice Social Work at the Master's degree level. e.g. LCSW/LICSW. Licensure: 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, e.g. LCSW/LICSW. (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF LICENSURE).

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a requirement for this position, applicants MUST have training as evidenced by a certificate from the American Heart Association (AHA) and/or Military Training Network (MTN).

In addition, you must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):
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.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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