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Senior Social Worker (Coordinated Entry Services Specialist)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: oxnard
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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The Greater Los Angeles VA is recruiting for a Senior Social Worker (Coordinated Entry Services Specialist) the Community Engagement & Enrichment Services (CERS), Housing & Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program in Oxnard, CA. S/he monitors the VA integration into the Coordinated Entry System and is able to access VA medical, mental health, substance use, other specialty clinical in addition to community providers, to collaborate in the care of Veterans.

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The CE enables VA homeless programs to fully collaborate with the community, including Continuum of Care (CoC) and community partners, in the coordinated entry efforts in that community. The major duties and responsibilities include but is not limited to:

* Ensuring continuity of care for homeless Veterans between VHA and community-based programs, as the Veteran transitions from homelessness into programs such as HCHV Contract Residential Housing (CRS), Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (RRTPs), and Grant Per Diem Programs (GPD), as well as directly to permanent housing through the HUD-VASH Program, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), or other forms of housing in the community. * Coordinating with the locale Suicide Prevention Coordinator(s) (SPC) to enhance suicide prevention amongst homeless Veterans encountered through community-based programs. * Providing leadership in the community by actively participating in the local plans to end Veterans homelessness in addition to conducting and leading the coordination of outreach services to homeless Veterans. * Facilitating VA involvement in the CoC's Coordinated Entry System (CES), per regulations and guidance published by HUD. * Providing case management services to a special patient population that demonstrates highly complex psychosocial, health or mental health problems. * Coordinating and providing information and referrals to VA programs to assist contractors in their provision of case management services. * Providing consultation services to other VA staff regarding the psychosocial needs of homeless Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on healthcare and adherence to treatment plans.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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0185 Social Work

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Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job * Designated and/or random drug testing may be required * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 * You may be required to serve a probationary period * Subject to a background/security investigation * Must be proficient in written and spoken English * Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Basic Requirements

* Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Licensure. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. [A copy of current license showing dates of issuance and expiration must be submitted with application] * Education. 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 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 master's degree in social work. [Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are acceptable].

Grade Determinations:

* GS-12 Experience/Education: In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters 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 a specialty.

In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

* Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. * Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. * Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. * Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. * Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area.

Assignments. Senior social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior social workers typically practice in a major program area such as but not limited to: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. The senior social worker may be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. The senior social worker collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality. The senior social worker provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. They serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level, or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services. This assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management.

References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 - Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 Veterans Health Administration.

Physical Requirements: Walk and climb stairs, handle, finger, grasp and feel objects and equipment; reach with hands and arms; communicate; receive and exchange ideas, information by means of the spoken and written words; be mobile by oneself from place to place quickly and easily; repeat various motions with the wrists, hands and fingers; be able to have visual acuity for (including, but not limited to) administrative and clerical tasks.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Oxnard , Senior Social Worker (Coordinated Entry Services Specialist), Other , oxnard, California

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