Social Worker (MH-Veterans Industries Program Coordinator)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Minneapolis, MN

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 604791 (Include # on all documents)

As a member of the VISN 23 Minneapolis VA Health Care System in the Mental & Behavioral Health Service Line, you will function as a Social Work Program Coordinator for the Veterans Industries Program.

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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As program coordinator of the Veterans Industries program in the Mental Health Product Service Line of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Veterans Affairs class 1A (High Complexity) Medical Center, this position is administratively responsible for a clinic program providing treatment to patients in this program. The Veterans Industries Program is composed of the following sub-programs: Incentive Therapy/Compensated Work Therapy, Supported Employment, the Polytrauma Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and the Homeless Veterans Supported Employment Program. Veterans served are from multiple mental health and rehabilitation teams including the Addictive Disorders Service, the Serious and Persistent Mental Illness team, the Polytrauma program, the Spinal Cord Injury Program, the Mental Health Intensive Care Management program, and the Homeless Program.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

License/certification at the advanced practice level

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:
As program coordinator of the Veterans Industries program in the Mental Health Product Service Line of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Veterans Affairs class 1A (High Complexity) Medical Center, this position is administratively responsible for a clinic program providing treatment to patients in this program. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. They manage the daily operation of the program, direct patient care services in the program area. They manage the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They will be responsible for the program’s budget and various control points assigned to the program within the assigned areas. The Social Worker also manages and controls the use of data related to these programs regarding day to day functioning and program evaluation. In conjunction with the Mental Health Product Service Line Leadership, plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, patient and personnel activities for the program. The Veterans Industries Program is composed of the following sub-programs: Incentive Therapy/Compensated Work Therapy, Supported Employment, the Polytrauma Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and the Homeless Veterans Supported Employment Program. Veterans served are from multiple mental health and rehabilitation teams including the Addictive Disorders Service, the Serious and Persistent Mental Illness team, the Polytrauma program, the Spinal Cord Injury Program, the Mental Health Intensive Care Management program, and the Homeless Program.

The Social Worker is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or population. Incumbent should have at least 2 years in an area of specialized social work practice and licensed or hold certification in a state at the independent practice level.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must meet the basic requirements as stated in the VA HANDBOOK 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:
a. Be a citizen of the United States.
b. Education. Have a master’s degree in social work (MSW) 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 the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
c. 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.
At least one year should be in an area of specialized social work practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master’s degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.
GS-12 and Above: In addition to meeting all basic requirements, applicants must have an additional year of professional social work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in an area of specialized social work practice. This experience must have demonstrated broad knowledge of social work and superior skill and judgment in professional practice. For research, education and program administration positions, the 1-year requirement must have been in social work research, social work education (class or field instruction) or program administration, as appropriate. Except for social work research positions, the requirement for 1 year of experience in a clinical setting must also be met. Licensure or certification by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless grandfathered by the state in which licensed to practice at the advanced practice level.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

APPLICANTS 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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