Social Worker (Program Coordinator)

at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

Job Description

Summary The Respite Care Social Work Coordinator will utilize VA and non-VA resources to strengthen respite and social support systems for Veterans who present to the Emergency Department (ED). The Respite Care Social Work Coordinator will conduct comprehensive clinical social work assessments on Veterans who present in the ED due to falls or a limited social support system. The Respite Care Social Worker will also serve as the OBVAMC Point of Contact for the Medical Foster Home program. Responsibilities The Respite Program Coordinator works collaboratively with the ED to identify Veterans struggling without a caregiver of limited family support. When a Veteran has been identified as having a limited support system the respite care social worker is responsible for coordinating VA and non-VA resources to strengthen the Veterans safety and welfare. All placement resources will be considered such as VA Medical Foster Care, Community Nursing Home Care, and Community Residential Care. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinates the daily operation of the Respite program, develops policies and procedures for program operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use; Conducts biopsychosocial assessments on Veterans who present in the ED due to a fall; Helps to identify Veterans presenting with complex legal problems; Serves as the subject matter expert for the establishment of respite care /foster home providers in CBOC’s located in Texas and Arkansas; Maintains local level programmatic and operational responsibility for Respite service administration and coordination; Develops respite plan that may include a combination of inpatient admissions, as well as home or community-based alternatives, such as ADHC or in-home care; Provides reports, analysis, projections and recommendations on the program’s budget within the assigned areas; Manages and controls the use of data related to Respite program regarding day-to-day functioning and program evaluation; When assigned, will teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and provide clinical supervision for licensure; Administers information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to patients; Coordinates services by interfacing with the referring treatment team, tracking and documenting referrals and prescribed episodes of respite services; Performs a wide range of services and provides technical assistance to State, local, and private agencies, and universities regarding VA Respite services. Work Schedule: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, 30 minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Program Coordinator)/PD000000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: Must posses 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure: Applicants must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Preferred Experience: Experience with Inpatient Medical Discharge Planning. Grade Determinations: GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must possess 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 must 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 to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). 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. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 dated September 10, 2019 Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15 – 44 pounds), moderate carrying (15 – 44 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (up to 4 hours), standing (up to 4 hours), near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, 20/40 in each eye with or without correction, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted). Environmental Factors: Working closely with others, outside and inside. Education 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: 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: Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee’s 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Copy Link

Job Posting: JC195241363

Posted On: Oct 17, 2021

Updated On: Nov 06, 2021