Social Worker (Program Coordinator) - Medical Foster Home in , for Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (2022)


Posted: 17-Nov-22

Location: Long Beach, California

Salary: Open


Mental Health/Social Services

Internal Number: 689696700

The Long Beach VA Health Care system is currently recruiting a Social Worker Program Coordinator for Medical Foster Home (MFH) program in the Geriatrics and Extended Care service at the Long Beach Location. Welcome to VA Long Beach Tibor Rubin - History 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. 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. Documentation must be submitted with your application. English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-12 Social Worker (Program Coordinator)Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidates 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. Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. (a) Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. (b) Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. (c) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. (d) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). (e) Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Program coordinators at the GS12 grade level are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to Veterans in a major specialty area, such as but not limited to: Spinal Cord Injury, Homeless Continuum Veteran Program, Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Suicide Prevention Program, Veterans Justice Outreach, Caregiver Support Program and Community Nursing Home Program. The program coordinator may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. The program coordinator oversees 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, developing and monitoring staff compliance with practice, standards and guidelines on documentation, workload, data entry, ethical practice and service delivery. The program coordinator provides analysis and evaluation of clinical program data and computerized programs to identify system-wide trends and needs to enhance the quality of service. They may be responsible for, or contribute to, the program's resource and fiscal management, monitoring control points developing the annual budget, operating within that budget, and accounting for appropriated funds. The program coordinator is administratively responsible for the clinical programming and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They provide leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned staff. They initiate and conduct a variety of program or service audits and complete designated clinical practice audits and reports, including productivity assessments. They oversee program operations and evaluations, identifying areas for improvement, gathering relevant data, assessing the data, developing and implementing ideas for improvement and evaluating efficacy of improvement efforts. Preferred Experience. Experience working with Geriatric and older adult with both medical and psychiatric impairment. Be able to work independently to develop new Geriatric community focused program - previous program development experience preferred. References: VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39 Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting , reaching above shoulder, and Hearing (aid permitted). Operation of a motor vehicle is required. ["The social worker will participate in the development, evaluation, and communication of standards, policies, and procedures, and plans of care for the MFH program. The social worker will educate medical center colleagues and/or students regarding the MFH program and assist with dissemination of information to other VA facilities and community partners. The social worker will evaluate MFH practices using relevant statutes and regulations and take action to improve identified deficiencies. The social worker is responsible for and will track MFH program assessments, consults, authorizations, statistics, data management, identify significant findings, problem solve, complete documentation reports pertaining to caseloads, productivity, and trainings. The incumbent must ensure that a comprehensive MFH data tracker is always up to date. The social worker will complete an initial screening of Veterans to determine whether they meet eligibility criteria for inclusion in the MFH program. The social worker will serve as a liaison between the contracted MFH provider and Veteran and/or family. The social worker is the subject matter expert on other VA and/or community resources. The social worker recruits prospective MFH caregivers and homes. Reviews MFH caregiver applications and determines if applicants are suitable to proceed based on requirements. Coordinates the pre-approval inspections of all prospective medical foster homes as well as the annual inspections of all approved medical foster homes, to include coordination with interdisciplinary inspection team members, conducting the on-site inspection, compiling the survey report, and following up on all corrective action plans. The social worker is responsible for reviewing VA and community resources which may be used to provide in-home services to Veterans. The social worker is also responsible for developing a resource file of VA and community social service programs and will refer the Veteran to needed services. The social worker provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will, Life-Sustaining Treatment decisions, and will refer Veterans and/or families to other GEC programs or appropriate VA resource for identified health education needs. The social worker will provide Veterans and their caregiver's ongoing supportive counseling. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 0730am-400pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: As Determined by Facility for Highly Qualified Applicants Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application."]

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