SOCIAL WORKER (JUSTICE OUTREACH COORDINATOR)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Coatesville, PA

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 568227 (Include # on all documents)

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?

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:
The Justice Outreach Coordinator develops and implements information systems to track services including visits, referrals, patient demographics, and patient satisfaction. F unctions as case manager for veterans who are incarcerated performing duties to facilitate independent community living by coordinating mental health and community care. Participates in development of a treatment plan for each veteran contacted through outreach in collaboration with the treatment team on the unit or program the veteran is served. Responsible for the assessment identification, facilitation and referral to appropriate medical and psychiatric services for veterans identified as eligible for services. Assists incarcerated veterans in the preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies for entitlements, then, follows the process of the application until a determination has been made. Serves as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes veteran’s encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Provides referral to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. Conducts individual and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and social needs as treatment issues. Documents the veteran’s progress in progress notes. Assesses high risk factors, acuity, and the need for services. This social worker has the ability to serve veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lack family or an adequate community support network, be poor at self-monitoring; those that frequently fail to comply with instruction and treatment, or have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychosocial support. Collaberates with county probation officers, state attorney's office public defenders and hired attorneys to develop a post-release plan and/or community-based alternatives to incarceration. M eets with county jail administrators and staff on a regular basis to maintain appropriate policies and procedures required at each institution. He/She attends correctional institution staff trainings relevant to working with offenders and high risk populations and represents the VA at community meetings, having membership on boards, councils and task forces. Collaborates with Healthcare for Reentry Veterans Specialists in supporting engagement in care for eligible veterans recently discharged from State and Federal prisons. Identifies and interviews incarcerated veterans at each institution to conduct pre-release needs assessment and determine appropriate post-release referrals, linkage and coordination for VA and non-VA services to enhance the transition from jail to the community. A ssists the veteran in services stabilization by consulting and intervening when problems arise with service providers and assists in priority management/pace of services/integration of veteran in program with veteran and program staff by participating in treatment team meetings. He/She assists the veteran in contact with correctional probation officer, problem solving with veteran and probation, and advocating for veteran with probation officer when appropriate . Participates in the assignment of veterans to treatment teams and programs. Consults with other specialists in planning treatment for veterans with co-morbidities. Facilitates community organization and outreach to alleviate problems that may interfere with veteran's ability to achieve independence. Provides training and guidance to entry level staff and Social Work graduate students.

YOU MUST HAVE A VALID STATE DRIVERS LICENSE TO BE APPOINTED TO THIS POSITION .

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
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.)

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.

c. Licensure. Must have LCSW license.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, applicants must have two years of specialized post master's degree experience in a Healthcare Social Work setting which has provided them with in-depth knowledge of program coordination, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program; knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring; the ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program; the ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s) and the ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.

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

References : http://vaww.portland.med.va.gov/Departments/A&F/HR/Staffing/Title38%20Hybrid/Title%2038%20Qualification%20Standards/0185%20(Social%20Worker)%20(G39).pdf

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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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...