Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) is a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs created in 1979 to provide a broad range of psycho-social services to eligible Veterans, Service members, and their families. RCS provides services to eligible Vets, Service members, and their family members through "storefront" counseling centers (Vet Centers) located in the community, Mobile Vet Centers, RCS Contract for Fee Program, and the Vet Center Call Center.
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The Associate District Director for Counseling Services (ADD/C), maintains an advanced practice license. The ADD/C is responsible for assisting and advising the Deputy District Director with regards to planning, implementing, evaluating, and supervising readjustment counseling services being delivered to eligible Veterans, Service members, and their families through the RCS Zone wide system of Vet Centers (18-25 Vet Centers over a large geographic area). The incumbent also provides quality assurance, clinical effectiveness reviews, clinical crisis consultation, staff development/training, clinical supervision and guidance, and serves as subject matter expert on the readjustment needs and associated interventions of Veterans, Service members, and their families.
The ADD/C also advises the Deputy District Director on clinical needs of the Veteran and Service member client population and the capacity of the vet center staff that serve them. The incumbent also acts as the Designated Educational Officer (DEO) for their respective RCS Zone. The ADD/C also reviews and advises the Deputy District Director regarding any clinical research involving Vet Centers and academic internships for graduate and post graduate interns. The duties for the Associate District Director may include but are not limited to:
The incumbent organizes and monitors Zone wide quality controls for Vet Centers and recommends changes to the District Director and Deputy District Director to assure overall quality and effectiveness of the clinical program.
Assessment of clinical effectiveness is gathered through on-site quality assurance inspections of Vet Centers; these inspections follow the format of a site visit protocol. Additional information to refine the assessment is through contact with Vet Center collaborative relationships, feedback from Veteran clients, review of the Service Activity Report System, and professional assessment of Vet Center staff.
The ADD/C develops, leads, and reviews a clinical crisis reporting system that accurately tracks critical incidents with the goal of improving Vet Center services. He/she ensures that a Mortality & Morbidity (M&M) review is conducted as appropriate when Vet Center clients attempt/complete a suicide or homicide.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 and may include some evenings and some weekends.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.This position is responsible for clinical oversight for 23 Vet Centers and conducts the Clinical Site Visits annually for each site.
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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 a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must possess a US drivers license.
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. Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment. Persons hired or reassigned to MFT positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State.
Supervisory Social Workers. Supervisory Social Workers at the GS-13 grade level typically supervise a significant number of professional staff at the GS-12 grade, including advanced practice social workers and social worker program coordinators.
They are responsible for the professional and administrative management of an area in a social work service, in a care line, or across multiple sites, e.g., multi-division facilities and CBOCs with a large number of supervisees at the GS-12 grade and below. They typically also provide direct clinical services.
Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as Supervisory Social Workers must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for subordinate staff to qualify for licensure.
Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. 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 in subparagraph (b) below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.
Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers.
Ability to provide administrative supervision and clinical supervision, including supervision for social
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Supervisor GS-13 Grade Requirement.Experience, Education and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. The experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for GS-12 shown below:
Ability to make judgments and decisions associated with program management.
Ability to monitor program outcomes using data driven quality assurance process.
Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided.
Ability to manage a wide range of programs which include the operation and management of key clinical, training or administrative programs.
Supervisory Marriage and Family Therapist Grade requirement. Experience, Education, and Licensure.In addition to the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to that equivalent to the GS-12 grade level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment.
MFT Program Manager must have graduated from a COAMFTE approved program OR have passed the AMFTRB examination. MFT Program Manager must have five years of post- licensed clinical experience in family systems theory/therapy and must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressive professional competency and expertise. MFT Program Manager must have an AAMFT Approved Supervisor credential.
In addition to meeting the KSAs for GS-13 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below:
Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees to include staff performance evaluation and may include evaluations of lower level assignments and support staff.
Ability to facilitate professional development of other MFTs across programs/or locations (i.e. CBOC, outpatient clinics, etc.) and guide them in current practice guidelines.
Ability to collaborate with leaders of other disciplines within facilities, the community, VISN, and VACO.
Ability to perform the full range of administrative and clinical supervisory duties including responsibility for work assignments, competency assessments, performance evaluations, selection of staff, and recommendation of awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary actions.
Ability to analyze clinical data and make recommendations for corrective actions to optimize quality, efficiency, performance, and productivity within service keeping in line with accrediting bodies and policy.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, VA Handbook 5005/42, Appendix G43 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard and VA Handbook 5005/44, Appendix G44 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13.
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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