Senior Social Worker (Hud-Vash)

Department Of Veterans Affairs Gallup , NM 87301

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New Mexico VA Healthcare System, Social Work Service, has one vacancy for Senior Social Worker position located in Gallup, New Mexico VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). . HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The incumbent reports directly to the Health Care for Homeless Veterans, HUD-VASH Supervisor.

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Responsibilities

The Senior Social Worker in this position functions as the Medical Center's Liaison/Case Manager for Homeless Veterans residing in the Gallup area and are part of Albuquerque VAMC's Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program, Department of Housing and Urban Development / VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH). The Senior Social Worker is responsible for monitoring all phases of programming and coordination of case management services for veterans receiving housing provided through HUD Section 8 housing vouchers.

Seventy-five million dollars in Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding will provide rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless veterans authorized by section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19). The initiative is known as the HUD-VASH program and was authorized pursuant to Division K, Title II, of The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Pub. Law 110-161) ("2008 Appropriation Act") enacted on December 26, 2007 (see proviso (7) under the heading "Tenant-Based Rental Assistance"). The HUD-VASH program combines HUD HCV rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community. Ongoing VA case management, health, and other supportive services will be made available to homeless veterans at as many as 132 VA Medical Center (VAMC) supportive services sites across the nation. Major duties include, but not limited to:- Reviewing agreements between Section 8, landlords, Public Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements.

  • Establishing a process for referrals and admissions to the HUD-VASH Program, ensuring that homeless veterans are considered as primary participants for program acceptance

.- Performing site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that veteran reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes; verifies the veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.

  • Serving as an advocate on behalf of the veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery, and linking and referring veterans to the CBOC, VA medical Center, VA Regional Offices and/or community agencies.

  • Participating in the HUD-VASH Program conference calls and attends training offered by the HUD-VASH.

  • Maintaining policies and documentation as required for CARF and JCAHO accreditation.

  • Performing accountability functions: 1) documenting all contacts with patients/families in the medical charts; 2) completes statistical, administrative, staffing studies and other reports in accordance with VA Medical Center and respective professional discipline service policies.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday

  • Friday, 8:00 a.m.

  • 4:30 p.m..

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized

Important Note: This is a Mobile position. There will not be an assigned office for at the CBOC location.

The incumbent must have a current, valid Driver's License and be able to drive a government vehicle

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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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 a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

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

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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 (MSW) 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 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 master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation.

  • 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. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM Website (http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/HybridOccupations.htm).

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12

(1) Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice.

(2) Licensure/Certification. Senior Social Workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hbyrid/.

(3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:.

a. 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..

b. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. .

c. Knowledge 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 and to design system changes.

d. Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills.

e. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area.

Physical Requirements:Light lifting under 15 pounds; moderate carrying,15-44 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; both hands required; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (1 hour); climbing, legs only (1 hour), both legs required; operation of motor vehicle; both eyes required; depth perception; hearing (aid permitted); hearing without aid; sitting at a computer.

Environmental Factors: Working outside and inside; dry atmospheric conditions; dust; working around moving objects or vehicles; working closely with others; and working alone.

Valid Driver's License required and to be able to drive a government vehicle.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

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Senior Social Worker (Hud-Vash)

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