The Chief, Social Work Service, at the GS-14 level, typically have full responsibility for provision of complex social work services requiring advanced practice skills. Administrator for more than 50 social workers including subordinate supervisory social workers. Responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management and supervision, and organizational stewardship for a social work program. 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. VHA Health Professional Trainee (HPT) refers to individuals (1) appointed to temporary positions in one or more VHA medical facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to satisfy program or degree requirements and (2) receiving VHA Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). HPTs can be either VA-paid or Without Compensation (WOC). If you are a past, current, or upcoming VHA HPT, please answer 'Yes' to the following question. (To be considered, HPT Eligible Supporting documentation [e.g., SF-50 indicating the trainee position, WOC agreement letter, or HPSP acceptance letter] must be submitted with your application.) BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: 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 this part). Education. 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 to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters 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 http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. 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). Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard (September 10, 2019) are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure or certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. Grade Determination: In addition to the basic requirements of employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Social Worker (Service Chief) [ ], GS-14 (1) Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. The chief social work service must evidence possession of supervisory and management skills. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. May have certification or other post 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. The chief social worker 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) Skill in providing the full range of supervisory duties across multiple service divisions/sections, which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed, performance evaluation, selection of staff, and recommendations of awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary actions. (b) Skill in applying legal, ethical, and professional standards to social work practice. (c) Skill in developing, maintaining, and managing social work services in multiple divisions/sections. (d) Ability to ensure compliance with social work practice, policy, and accreditation standards across the continuum of health care. (e) Skill in providing consultation to facility leadership, managers, and other staff on social work qualification standards, practice, competency, productivity, and continuing education requirements. (f) Skill in administrative oversight to ensure compliance with social work licensure requirements. (4) Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. At the GS-14 grade level, size, scope, significance and impact are greater than the GS-13 grade level. The chief social worker responsibility includes management of large, complex, social work services within the organization. The chief social worker is the highest level professional position at the facility with responsibility for the professional practice of all facility social workers and provision of social work services. The chief social worker provides supervision to social work service, with multiple sections or programs across the health care delivery system as well as an assistant chief and supervisors. Social work service includes staff members of different grades, as well as multiple disciplines, various treatment sites and at locations close to and distant from the medical center. The chief social worker has full responsibility for managing and supervising all aspects of social work service operations including clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management and supervision of the service.] Preferred Experience: Experience in implementing operations, initiatives, and/or directives Experience in supervising staff in multiple locations and programs. Experience in program development, management, and evaluation. Experience in tracking and monitoring workload across multiple programs. Experience with providing education and presentations to staff. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: Physical demands of the work are generally minor and are generally sedentary in nature but may require occasional travel. Physical activity involves sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, climbing stairs, and carrying light items such as papers, books or other supplies. The incumbent uses a computer and standard office equipment to complete tasks. The emotional demands can be stressful in working with the Veteran/Patient population and their families/caregivers. A level of self-awareness is essential. ["Major duties may include but are not limited to: Responsible for the strategic planning and operation of Social Work Service. Ensures the administrative and clinical supervision of social work staff in their professional role. Incumbent ensures the provision of social work services and/or case management services in a variety of inpatient and outpatient program areas and clinics. Oversees all professional social work activities within the medical center ensuring that educational and quality of care functions related to the psychosocial needs of veterans are met. Makes decisions regarding work problems presented by subordinate social work supervisors. Incumbent collaborates with others in negotiating, deciding upon and/or coordinating social work-related changes affecting other programs. Advises Care Line Chiefs on problems involving the relationship of social work activities to the various units and programs. Makes major decisions affecting the basic content and character of the operations of programs and determines which program elements should be initiated, dropped, curtailed or emphasized. Ensures technical program development, management and evaluation that includes assessing the mission, goals, programs and problems of the medical facility in terms of psychosocial needs of patients and establishes social work objectives to meet those needs which are consistent with medical center goals. Develops procedures for and ensures the implementation and achievement of the provision of social work services to medical facility patients on inpatient and outpatient programs. Develops and monitors standards of clinical practice/standards of care for Social Work, including development of care guidelines, manuals and guides to professional practice. Develops consistent standard operating procedures required to accomplish clinical care interventions and ensures that they are followed. Reviews the utilization of resources by performing such activities as internal reviews, data collection, reviewing and analyzing reports, reviewing contracts, and reviewing performance, to ensure that resources are being used efficiently and effectively, and reports results to management as required, both orally and in writing. Develops and monitors Functional Statements, and organizational listings (previously PDL), staffing levels, Cost Distribution Reports (CDR) allocations, Decision Support System (DSS) mapping and monitoring. Responsible for ensuring the assessment, evaluation and recommendation of personnel actions based upon clinical practice to the appropriate Social Work Standard Board. Makes recommendations for recruitment of staff and ensures responsibilities for orientation and continuing education of staff. Evaluates and consults on the social work role in programs. Manages and directs social work activities in the Care Lines including interventions to resolve administrative problems and participates in program evaluations. Serves as a consultant to management and other professional staff directly or through committees concerning a wide variety of matters related to the social work profession to provide professional advice and assistance in matters related to Social Work Service. Serves as a staff advisor to medical facility management in areas other than social work by participating in task forces, formal committees, and other activities to assist medical facility management in attaining goals. Functions as a consultant on social work practice and collaborates with staff of other disciplines by educating others regarding the psychosocial issues and needs of veteran/patients. Reviews social work staff clinical performances, schedules and chairs meetings of social work staff. Incumbent provides consultation to social work staff on complex or unusual cases. Work Schedule: Permanent, Full-Time, Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Position suitable for Telework\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.