Senior Social Worker (Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Dallas, Texas
Internal Number: 652070000
The Purpose of the Position is: the Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator (CEPC) Senior Social Worker serves as a content matter expert for suicide prevention and facilitates integration of suicide prevention education throughout the community by developing and organizing community partners and coalitions aimed at reducing Veteran suicide at the state and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) level. 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 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 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 work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f) Preferred Experience: Mental Health Case Management Suicide Prevention Community Outreach Presenting Trainings Linking Clients to Services Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 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. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters 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 a specialty. Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Appendix G39 dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting: under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; straight pulling (up to l hour); pushing (I - 2 hours); reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to I hour); both legs required; 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 a computer. ["Duty includes but not limited to: The CEPC Senior is responsible for developing, facilitating, and strengthening suicide prevention coalitions in the community. The CEPC Senior Social Worker will connect with VA programs and stakeholders including, but not limited to, Veterans, Veteran Service Organizations, community business partners, and community members to provide education on suicide prevention and related topics, and services. The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert, supporting coalitions by providing new or existing education and outreach initiatives on behalf of VA North Texas Health Care System and the surrounding catchment area. Coalition building outreach activities include: a. coalition building/meeting - meet with prospective community stakeholder(s);\nb. meet with existing community stakeholder(s);\nc. meet with coalition leadership (remote or in person);\nd. coalition meeting (general);e. coalition subcommittee meeting;\nf. coalition sponsored event/public meeting;\ng. coalition evaluation activities (survey distribution, data collection, key informant interviews, etc.);\nh. training - Lethal Means, Mental Health Apps (Hope Box, PTSD, etc.), Military Culture, Other Gatekeeper Training (QPR, ASSIST), Postvention, Safety Planning, S.A.V.E., Suicide Prevention 101, Suicide Risk Evaluation, Whole Health/Wellness; and\ni. Awareness Table - veteran specific event, non-Veteran specific event The incumbent develops materials and training programs, in coordination with the Suicide Prevention (SP) Program Manager, SP team members, VISN, and the National Office Mental Health Suicide Prevention office/MIRECC for staff and external stakeholders regarding suicide prevention in VANTHCS and the community. The incumbent is responsible for public speaking and communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, with a variety of audiences. The incumbent fosters strong collaborative relations with the suicide prevention team in the development and implementation of suicide prevention educational programs and initiatives. The incumbent creates strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, working with staff and stakeholders at all knowledge and proficiency levels. The incumbent understands and disseminates relevant research findings through clinical practice, education, and consultation with non-VA community partners as well as other VA health care professionals and administrators. The incumbent comprehends and maintains knowledge of current VA guidelines, policies, Federal regulations, and laws governing benefits for Veterans. This knowledge is critical is assisting Veterans with connecting with needed services for which they are eligible. DIVERSITY/INCLUSION STATEMENT FOR MH SERVICE RECRUITMENT: The Mental Health Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System values cultural diversity across our staff and training programs. Mental Health Service leaders are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. Our staff represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, competencies, interests, and theoretical orientations. We believe that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other viewpoints and cultures makes our service stronger and strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality of mental health care Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 0000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.