Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 645826 (Include # on all documents)
This is an open continuous announcement. All qualified applicants will be considered as application materials are received. We accept applications for this occupation until the position is filled.
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The Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center is recruiting for one (1) Substance Dependence Division Chief. This is a clinical and administrative position that provides leadership and administrative control over the Substance Dependence Division within the Mental Health Care Line of the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center.
The Substance Dependence Division includes programs of outpatient care, Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Opiate Substitution Program, Inpatient and Outpatient Detoxification Program, Tobacco Treatment Center, Substance Abuse and PTSD Program, and Dual Diagnosis Program. In FY 2011 the 56 member interdisciplinary team provided 61880 clinical encounters to 2844 Veterans. The Mental Health Care Line in Cincinnati is comprised of six clinical divisions located at the main facility, the Ft. Thomas Kentucky Division, and six Community Based Outpatient Clinics situated in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.
The Medical Center is affiliated with several major universities, including the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Schools of Nursing, and School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. The Center is equipped and staffed to provide all the special types of medical/psychiatric treatment and care with expanding emphasis on the treatment of the aging. Research in Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, Dentistry and Dietetics are carried on in affiliation with outstanding schools of medicine and universities in Ohio, augmented by a comprehensive consultant program.
Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
NOTE: THIS VACANCY MAY BE FILLED BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER, SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST, NURSE MANAGER, OR A PSYCHIATRIST.
Relocation Expenses are not Authorized
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
Submit a complete Application Package- See Required Documents below
Responsible for the following duties, both directly and through appropriate delegation of authority:
1. Respect by recognizing the worth of customers and treating them with dignity.
- The Chief of the Substance Dependence Division provides oversight, direction and guidance of activities and interdisciplinary program development in the Substance Dependence Division within the Mental Health Care Line.
- Provision of leadership, guidance and consultation directed toward Staff development and motivation to higher standards of professional performance. Holds regular staff meetings to plan programs, design procedures and methods.
- Serves as consultant/participant in orientation programs, staff development, and in-service training. Promotes staff participation in the Staff Development Program and further improvement of professional skill.
- Administering of personnel policies and procedures for all division staff, interviewing, selecting and evaluating staff, determining space and equipment needs, authorizing expenditures from assigned fiscal control points, preparing or directing preparation of assigned reports. Monitoring of division records and correspondence. Advising and guiding staff on the solution of unusual problems upon requests.
- The Chief of the Substance Dependence Division is accountable for 24-hour operation, administration, programming, evaluation of out-come based care, and management of human resources, and is directly accountable to the Director of the Mental Health Care Line.
- Major functions include leadership to assure meeting Mental Health performance measures across the continuum of care and staff competency related to highly specialized mental health practice areas.
- Responsible for oversight of staff that is responsible for demonstrating and maintaining full competency in the use, pre-cleaning and/or reprocessing of reusable medical equipment. The employee must ensure that the appropriate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and manufacturers instructions are followed for any step in the use of RME (pre-cleaning, reprocessing, disinfection, sterilization, maintenance) in which he/she is involved.
- The Chief of the Substance Dependence Division is an ECF participant and must meet the performance requirements detailed in that document including performance measures and the HPDM elements of performance in addition to the nursing professional qualification standards (when from a nursing background).
- Core elements of performance include knowledge and active participation in unit/program level quality improvement processes and initiatives as well as the customer service program.
- The incumbent interacts with customers, including veterans, employees, peers, and general public and utilizes the following customer service values:
2. Listening by continually learning and not assuming what is not important to customers.
3. Compassion by responding to customers feelings and needs in a caring manner.
4. Integrity by serving customers with honesty, professionalism and accountability.
5. Quality by promoting customers health and well-being in a manner that is competent, beneficial, cost-effective, timely, and caring.
- Program planning and development, determination of area of program need, controlling of quality and quantity of service required for meeting the need. Program initiative and direction within the limitation of available staff and budget. Concurrent evaluation, modification and/or elimination of activities as necessary to improve and maintain the best possible Mental Health programs for the hospital.
- Maintains cooperative and sharing relationships with other VA stations and community resources.
- Develops and maintains an awareness of available resources, and makes recommendations to the MHCL Director regarding needs, distribution or redistribution of these resources. Incumbent develops, implements, monitors, and adjusts plans to effectively and cost-efficiently accomplish the mission of the Substance Dependence Division within budgetary constraints. Incumbent develops and implements systems and procedures for improving cost-effectiveness and productivity.
- Serves as a member of the Mental Health Care Lines management team. In this capacity, the incumbent serves on VISN, Medical Center and community Task Forces and committees as assigned.
o Expected to keep abreast of current published research findings that are appropriate.
- Will be a resource person to offer guidance and stimulation in research direction and efforts in the Substance Dependence Division.
- Direct Research Contributions are highly desirable-
o Involved in planning and overseeing the completion of research programs designed to provide information regarding program planning and treatment approaches relevant to the Substance Dependence Division.
o Consult with other hospital staff interested in research problems involving residential or outpatient functioning relevant to the Substance Dependence Division.
- Indirect Research Contribution -
- When appropriate, may encourage or supervise research activities of the psychiatry/psychology trainees.
- Coordinates the overall management of Division educational and training programs in collaboration with the Mental Health Care Line and affiliated professional schools.
- Has overall responsibility for supervision for a number of psychiatry and psychology trainees assigned to the Substance Dependence Division.
- Assures appropriate supervision of their experience in diagnostic interviews, psychotherapy, and relevant treatment interactions with staff and patients.
- When appropriate, may be asked to participate in in-service training of other hospital personnel, e.g. Human Relations Training, Stress Management Training.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VA social worker are prescribed by statute, Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) §7409(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, November 1, 2000. All applicants for the position of social worker in VHA, to qualify for appointment, must meet all of the following requirements.
Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.
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).
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.
Physical Requirements . Applicants will be expected to pass and maintain the physical requirements established for this position and is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
English Language Proficiency. If you are appointed to a direct patient care position, you must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d).
Supervisory Social Workers. For supervisors, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility, the complexity of the social work services provided by supervisees, the composition of the staff supervised, (e.g. professional staff, multidisciplinary staff, tours of duty, geographical disbursement, etc.), and the amount of time spent in personnel management functions.
Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as Supervisory Social Workers must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for subordinate staff to qualify for licensure. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. 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 professional KSAs listed below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.
2. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
3. Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers.
4. Ability to provide administrative supervision and clinical supervision, including supervision for social work licensure.
Supervisory Social Worker Assignments: The KSAs shown above apply to all Supervisory Social Worker grade levels.
GS-12 Supervisory Social Worker . At the GS-l2 grade level, Supervisory Social Workers typically have significant personnel management responsibilities for a small to medium size professional and non-professional staff, including support staff and professional staff at the GS-11 grade level and below. They are responsible for the professional and administrative management of an area in a social work service, in a care line, or multiple facilities. They also provide direct clinical services with or without program coordination responsibilities.
GS-13 Supervisory Social Worker. At the GS-13 grade level, Supervisory Social Workers typically supervise a significant number of professional staff at the GS-12 grade, including advanced practice social workers and social worker program coordinators. They are responsible for the professional and administrative management of an area in a social work service, in a care line, or across multiple sites, e.g., multi-division facilities and CBOCs with a large number of supervisees at the GS-12 grade and below. They typically also provide direct clinical services.
Specialized Experience. 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.
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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:
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
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.
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This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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