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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker - Clinical Assessment Team Program Coordinator in Vancouver, Washington

Summary

The Clinical Assessment Team Program Coordinator requires advanced knowledge and understanding of the services and benefits available for Veterans and caregivers from both federal, state, and private sector resources. As an advanced practice licensed clinical social worker, the Clinical Assessment Team Program Coordinator will work with multiple VA healthcare services and with community agencies, leaders and organizations with no access to direct clinical supervision.

Responsibilities

The Clinical Assessment Team Program Coordinator is assigned to the Caregiver Support Program. This position is primarily responsible for coordinating programming and services to assess a Veteran's functional needs, including the need for personal care services, using standardized assessments which will assist the VISN Centralized Eligibility and Appeal Teams (CEAT) in determining eligibility. The Clinical Assessment Team assesses Veteran's needs for personal care services, particularly Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), supervision, protection or instruction, and, working closely with other Caregiver Support Program staff, completes Veteran functional assessments and re-assessments. The incumbent will assist other program staff in providing clinical services, completing notes, and gathering/monitoring data related to the day-to-day functioning and evaluation of the program. The Clinical Assessment Team Program Coordinator will oversee and conduct initial home assessments as part of the application or reassessment process for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. The purpose of these home visits is to assess for functional and mobility needs and safety as well as to assess need for personal care services using standardized assessments which will assist the VISN Centralized Eligibility and Appeal Teams (CEAT) in determining eligibility. The incumbent coordinates and assists in the day-to-day operations of the Caregiver Support Program specific to the area of assignment and ensures compliance and collaboration with local facility and the VA Central Office Caregiver Support Program initiatives. The incumbent utilizes and maintains a data monitoring system to measure the efficacy of the program and assists in collecting and analyzing local data for reports for: local management, VISN Caregiver Support Program Leads, Centralized Eligibility and Appeal Teams, the National Caregiver Support Program, Care Management and Social Work and Office of Patient Care Services. Evaluates program progress and outcomes and utilizes data to continuously modify and improve the program, processes, and use of a standardized assessment instrument. Advises and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams throughout the medical center on caregiver issues. Creates educational tools, develops programs and implements training focused on specific caregiver needs/issues. Provides education and in-service training to VAMC employees, Veterans, families and caregivers. Provides ongoing consultation and support to colleagues regarding caregiver support. Develops and facilitates caregiver support groups (face-to-face or virtual) and educational programs. Distributes educational materials provided by VA, local, state and national caregiver organizations. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 07:30 AM - 04:00 PM & 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Duty Location(s): Multiple/ Negotiable

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Telework: Eligible

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). 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-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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. For GS-12 Social Worker Program Coordinator:

Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. 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 social worker program coordinator 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, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. (b) Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. (c) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. (d) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). (e) Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 to GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Walking 4 hours, Standing 4 hours, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordinating simultaneously, Working closely with others, Hearing (aid permitted), Working alone, Mental & emotional stability.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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