Social Worker Program Coordinator (Spinal Cord Injury ) Job US Department of Veterans Affairs Spring

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Vacancies 2020 - US Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for an applicant to apply Social Worker Program Coordinator (Spinal Cord Injury ) that will be placed in Spring.

US Department of Veterans Affairs Jobs 2020

Description :
    Duties Summary

    Incumbent serves as program coordinator and is administratively responsible for a clinic program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty area. The Spinal Cord Injury is one of six nationally recognized VHA special disability programs. VHA facilities without SCI centers appoint SCI program coordinators to oversee access to care, referrals for treatment services and case management services for spinal cord injured veterans.


    The incumbent manages the daily operation of the program, develops policies and procedures for the program operation, and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The incumbent manages and controls the use of data related to these programs regarding day-to day functioning and program evaluation. Incumbent serves as Program Coordinator and is administratively responsible for a clinic program providing treatment to patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). In conjunction with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Chief, plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, and patient activities for the program. Additionally, the incumbent facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of care across episodes of care within the "Hub" (SCI Center) and the "Spoke" (VA facilities where locally accessible primary care is provided) System of Care. Additionally, the incumbent facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of care across episodes of care within the Polytrauma/TBI System of care.

    • Administers information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to patients.
    • Develops and implements information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals inpatient days, patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction.
    • Develops, implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services and program's effectiveness.
    • Serves as point of contact for all inquiries regarding the TBI/SCI programs. This may include stakeholders (e.g. veterans, families, community hospitals and nursing homes, Paralyzed Veterans of America and other Veterans Service Organizations), Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Strategic Healthcare Group and Congressional inquiries, SCI/D HUBS, and TBI Treatment Clinics.
    • Incumbent is responsible for management of the nationwide Spinal Cord Injury Dysfunction (SCD) Registry for the facility to include the entering, editing, compiling, analyzing, and updating of registry data. Ensure proper registration of appropriate veterans for clinical, administrative, and outcome purposes.
    • Establishes collaborative relationships with physicians, nurses, and other disciplines to foster their involvement in care of veterans with SCI and/or TBI.
    • Identifies gaps in services and develops a plan, in consultation with SCI/D and TBI staff and other departments as appropriate.
    • Incumbent identifies unmet needs of the SCI/D and TBI populations, works collaboratively with community agencies, i.e. assisted living facilities, nursing homes, handicapped accessible housing and state's veterans' homes.
    The SCI/TBI Coordinator also functions as the Social Work member of the interdisciplinary SCI treatment team. Clinical social work services are provided to the SCI population with frequent complex and unpredictable caseload requirements. Such services include, but are not limited to psychosocial assessments, establishing realistic but achievable treatment goals. The incumbent may provide individual, family and group counseling aimed at helping the veteran and his family find practical solutions to complex problems.
    The incumbent manages and coordinates provision of the following services as appropriate: Activities of daily living (ADL); Home Health Services; Prosthetic Appliances; Medical Supplies; Vocational Rehabilitation; Peer Counseling, Transportation and Finances, Home Evaluations, Housing Alternatives and Development and Utilization of Community Resources.Incumbent makes home visits independently or with members of the SCI interdisciplinary team to assess the home environment when appropriate to ensure that services are provided that will enable the veterans to live safely and independently.
    Performs other related duties as assigned.
    Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am4:30pm
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required

    25% or lessYou may be expected to travel for this position, 25% or less.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0185 Social Work

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  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • 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
    Qualifications 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. 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: 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. Current state requirements may be found by going to Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in termination of employment.
    Preferred Experience:
    • Knowledge in developing, implementing and evaluating guidelines and protocols of program effectiveness
    • Experience in building VA and/or non-VA community coalitions with hospitals, nursing homes, Veteran organizations, SCI/D HUBS and TBI Treatment clinics
    • Experience in providing case management and discharge planning of complex co-occurring diagnosis of the specialized TBI/SCI Veteran population.
    • Experience in providing individual, family or group counseling that will assist Veteran and family in finding practical solutions to complex problems.
    • Experience in working with multiple inter disciplinary providers to address medical, mental, social needs of the Veterans served.
    Grade Determinations: In addition to the above basic requirements, the following grade requirements must be met for the GS-12 Social Worker Program Coordinator
    Experience and 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. Candidate 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.The candidate must have knowledge of current professional social work practices. 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-Masters of Social Work (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. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.
    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 (KSAs): 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.
    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 GS-12 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.
    References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 September 10, 2019
    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
    Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting/carrying (1544 pounds); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking/standing (5 hours); Kneeling ( less than an hour); Operation of crane, truck, tractor or motor vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); emotional and mental stability;Cognitive stability; various hours based on need. Education

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
    Must 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. 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.
    NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.
    NOTE: If your school was accredited by CSWE at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the CSWE website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.
    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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations (Must be completed within last 90 days.)
    • Resume

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:
    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • OF-306
    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations (Must be completed within last 90 days.)
    • PCS Orders
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Enrollment
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens. If you are a current federal employee or employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Please apply to CAZM-10895442-20-PG.

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