Social Worker (Health Behavior Coordinator)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Evansville, IN

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 844812

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.

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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

WORK SCHEDULE: Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All US Citizens

More than one (1) vacancy may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

The position may be located in Marion, IL or Evansville, IN.

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. Submission of a resume or a 1203-FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. 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:
Duties include but are not limited to: The incumbent serves as a Health Behavioral Coordinator (HBC) and serves in several roles. The incumbent trains, mentors and guides primary care and other staff members to support patient self-management of health related behaviors via effective health behavior coaching and the use of motivational interviewing and other empirically-based communication and health behavior management approaches. The incumbent has a significant role as a consultant for clinical staff members who promote patient self-management of health behavior. The incumbent works closely with the Health Promotions/Disease Prevention Program Manager (HDPD-PM) to develop new or adapt existing VHA programs, guide implementation and coordinate evaluation strategies to determine the efficacy of health promotion and disease prevention programs at the Medical Center and CBOCS. The incumbent serves as co-chair of the facility HPDP Program Committee. The incumbent has clinical responsibilities related to health promotion interventions such as group and individual smoking cessation and weight management counseling. The incumbent will serve as the lead clinical consultant to the Medical Center staff on health behavior coaching.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship.
Educational Requirement: Must 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.
Licensure: Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Individuals assigned as Social Worker Program Coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advance practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They may have certification or other post-master's degree 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 addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs:

1) In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures and/or practice guidelines for the program.

2) Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation and monitoring.

3) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.

4) Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines and evaluate assigned program area(s).

5) Ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.

GS-12 Social Worker Program Coordinators. Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) coordinators, Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) coordinators, Homeless Veterans program (HVP) coordinators, Community Nursing Home Program (CNHP) coordinators. 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, develop policies and procedures for program operation and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget.

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

References : VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , GS-185 at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm , dated February 29, 2012, (also available in the local Human Resources Office) .

Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (15 lbs and under); Light Carrying (15 lbs and under); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 - 2 hours); Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted) ]

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only 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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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...