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Whole Health Coach (Social Science Program Specialist)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Wisconsin Rapids , WI 54495

Posted 2 months ago

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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VAMC Tomah ( has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in a Western/Central area of Wisconsin.

Ninety Day orientation at Tomah VAMC. After orientation, time will be split between Tomah VAMC and Wisconsin Rapids Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) until new outpatient clinic is built in Wisconsin Rapids.

Wisconsin Rapids clinic is complete the position will have a duty location of Wisconsin. Rapids CBOC. Wisconsin Rapids is considered to be within the local travel radius of 50 miles.

Travel within the local travel radius is not reimbursable. Incumbent must report at designated site upon start of tour of duty daily as directed and travel time is not part of the scheduled tour of duty.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Compressed/Flexible: None

Telework: None

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.


Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: None

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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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/securit

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


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/17/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5 . For a GS-9 positon you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7 positon. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

This developmental position, located in the Patient Care Service, Whole Health Program, at the Tomah VA Medical Center, Tomah, WI. The position composes a career ladder structure to the full performance level of Social Science Program Specialist, GS-0101-09.

This positon is responsible for the delivery of Whole Health Coaching and skill development of the local Medical Center's Whole Health Coach program, including provision of care through coaching and promotion regarding Whole Health Coaching to Veterans and staff. The position is integral to supporting Veterans in navigating the Whole Health Journey, specifically through the Pathway, wellbeing, and Whole Health clinical care elements of the Whole Health Systems. The position provides care to Veterans seeking self-directed, lasting changes aligned with their values. They provide interventions that promote health and wellness and enhance well-being, improve health related outcomes, reduce likelihood of inpatient admission, and improve quality of life.


  • Provides health coaching for Veterans

  • Contacts eligible participants for enrollment and explains the health coaching process

  • Conducts interventions for Veterans

  • Conducts Whole Health Facilitated Groups; MOVE, Smoking Cessation, Diabetes Management, Hypertension Clinics, Mental Health, and other inpatient and outpatient groups as appropriate

  • Provides follow-up care through telephone clinics, secure messaging, or face-to-face appointments

  • Actively guides Veterans in the exploration of core elements of personal health planning through individual or group based programs

  • Reviews current health behaviors and develops customized treatment plans with Veterans

  • Utilizes motivational interviewing and health coaching techniques and processes

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Basic Requirements:

Degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience -- that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

NOTE: In addition to meeting the above qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the following amounts.

GS-7: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience at the GS 5 level, that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to demonstrated experience in: Skill in health coaching techniques, motivational interviewing and health coaching techniques and process; skill in obtaining specific factual data or opinions on specific issues; Skill to managing weight management, nutrition, exercise/fitness, smoking cessation, stress management, diabetes, and pain management.


Education: You must possess one (1) year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.


Do you possess an equivalent combination of education and experience? (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

GS-9: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience at the GS 7 level, that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: Skill in developing intervention strategies to help clients; Schedule ongoing sessions to assess progress; Skill in coordinating care with treatment providers; Skill in motivational interviewing and health coaching techniques a process. Maintains education and knowledge regarding lifestyle and clinical outcomes, including behaviors that improve patient's well-being and those related to poor clinical outcomes; Skill in developing and conducting onsite educational series for enrolled patients.


Education: You must possess two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.


Do you possess an equivalent combination of education and experience? (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Attention to Detail

  • Communication

  • Decision Making

  • Forward Thinking

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.

Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements:
Regular and recurring work is mostly sedentary involving sitting at a desk, although the positon requires the ability to move from one geographic location of the facility to another.

Some physical effort such as standing, walking, bending or prolonged sitting may be required. The work places no special physical demands on the employee.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

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Whole Health Coach (Social Science Program Specialist)

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