The primary location of the position is the Health Care for Homeless Veterans, Comprehensive Homeless Center Programs, Mental Health Service, VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), Tyler, TX.
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The candidate selected for this position will provide social work services to Veterans living with homelessness and who may be living with mental health illness. The selected candidate will work with individuals who are homeless, living in shelters, encampments or other areas where homeless Veterans may gather to assist the Veteran with obtaining and maintaining housing. This position requires the selected individual to work out in communities, under bridges, in encampments, and shelters. The incumbent will work in other Comprehensive Homeless Programs as assigned by the Program Manager over this position. The individual selected will have to work with VA and non-VA community programs, organizations and partners to complete required job duties. The individual will have to drive a VA government automobile.
Duties for this position include, but are not limited to: conducting evaluations and assessments, psychosocial assessments, completing clinical reminders, providing consultation, case management, referrals to VA and/or community services, supportive counseling and education. The position requires the collection of data and completion of reports within designated time frames. This position requires the selected candidate to spend at least 75% of working time out of the office and in the community.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Basic Life Support (BLS) certification by the American Heart Association will be required before an appointment can be given.
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
School Social Workers
Social Workers, Community Mental Health
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g of the Qualification Standards.)
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. 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.
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 advanced practice level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.
Social Work applicants with extensive experience in mental health practice, community work, working with persons living with homelessness, for agencies, programs or organizations whose focus work is with the homeless, working with multidisciplinary teams, and data collection, report development, and presentation, and supervision of staff assigned to multiple programs preferred.
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. At this grade, Social Worker Program Coordinators manage the administrative and clinical aspects of a major specialty treatment program, such as PTSD, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SAW), Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC), etc., or a combination of programs located at one facility or multiple divisions of a facility. They have responsibility for coordinating interdisciplinary staffing, work assignments, budget, treatment services provided, and admission criteria for the program.
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 below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1.Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.
2.Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
3.Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers.
4.Ability to provide administrative supervision and clinical supervision, including supervision for social work licensure.
References: Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2012, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm (or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005. (also available in the local Human Resources Office)
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.
Light Lifting under 15 pounds; straight pulling (up to 1 hour); pushing (1 to 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision and far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required for depth perception; ability to distinguish shade of colors, hearing (aid permitted); climbing stairs; mentally alert; both legs required for operation of motor vehicle; and frequent keyboarding to operate computer.
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.
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