Senior Social Worker (Community Engagement and Partnerships Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Dallas, Texas
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 708781400
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/. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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, candidates 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. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Senior SW are licensed/certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior SWs typically practice in a major program area such as but not limited to: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope/complexity. May be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness/modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision; collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality. Provides leadership, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. Serves on committees, work groups and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services. Assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management. Assignment must represent substantial additional responsibility over and above that required at the full performance grade level and cannot be used as the full performance level of this occupation. Preferred Experience: Mental Health Experience Case Management Suicide Prevention Community Outreach Presenting Trainings Linking Clients to Services References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker, dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (15 pounds), straight pulling (1 hour), pushing (2 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking & standing (3 hours), repeated bending (1 hour), climbing, use of legs and arms, ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid may be permitted), frequent keyboarding. ["The duties include 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); b. meet with existing community stakeholder(s); c. meet with coalition leadership (remote or in person); d. coalition meeting (general); e. coalition subcommittee meeting; f. coalition sponsored event/public meeting; g. coalition evaluation activities (survey distribution, data collection, key informant interviews, etc.); h. 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 i. 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. The incumbent has working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and audiovisual presentations software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The incumbent performs statistical reporting, evaluation, consultation, and collaboration with non-Department of VA community partners as well as other VA health care professionals. The incumbent understands and clearly communicate to various groups ideas involving statistical concepts (i.e., fluctuations in suicide numbers and rates, relative risk). The incumbent works with the SP team members, and other facility and VISN stakeholders and the National OMHSP office to implement SP communication plans, both internal and external to the VA. The incumbent collaborates in the development and delivery of education and outreach services that encompasses underserved veteran populations and expands SP coalition building in communities in VANTHCS's geographical catchment area. 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: 8:00 am tp 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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