The New Mexico VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Social Worker (Education Coordinator). The coordinator is responsible for the overall management, development, implementation, ongoing development, and effectiveness of social work orientation, training, education, competencies, peer review, student intern program, advance clinical licensure supervision and other areas as assigned by the Social Work Chief in collaboration with the Social Work Executive Professional Practice Council. 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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master of Social Work. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. 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: Social Worker, GS-0185-12 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. 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. Preferred Experience: Unrestricted Social Work licensure. Candidate familiar with VA Social Work who has excellent organization skills, teaching skill, and is comfortable with public speaking. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185, Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Traveling throughout the medical center and the community is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending, and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities it will be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the veterans, their families, representatives of community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Social Worker Education Coordinator is administratively responsible for the programming and daily operations of NMVAHCS Social Work Education, Competency, and Training program. The incumbent develops and implements policies, procedures, trainings, orientations, and competencies specific to NMVAHCS and NMVAHCS programs, and ensures compliance with local facility, Veterans Integrated Services Network (VISN), National Care Management and Social Work (CMSW), and VA Central Office directives and handbooks, as well as the Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and other accrediting bodies and regulatory standards as needed. The major duties and responsibilities of the Education Coordinator Social Worker includes but are not limited to: Ensuring standardization processes for supervision and monitoring documentation of social work trainees, as defined in VHA Handbook 1400.04, Supervision of Associated Health Trainees. Ensuring that the social work intern program participants receive education and training consistent with the requirements of the affiliated school of social work and the Council of Social Work Education. Ensuring annual review and assessment of the SW Intern training program as required by Office of Academic Affiliations. Evaluating SW interns' satisfaction surveys and developing reporting systems to convey this information to the appropriate national, local VA officials, and affiliated academic institutions. Works with the students and the affiliated schools to get required information or documents. Provides the students with their preceptor's name, contact information, program, and hours they were selected, dress code, instructions on getting their backgrounds/fingerprinting done and the required HR forms they will need to complete: (Application 10-2850c, OF-306, TQCVL (stipend only) etc.). Generates the Student's Appointment Letter for review and approval by the Chief of Social Work Service and submission to HR. Ensure interns receive their approved appointment letter and access codes. Works with the service ADPAC to request email and computer access for new trainees. Provides consultation and guidance to SWPDC. Incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing an information system to track educational activities including CEUs, education funds, and/or funding. SWPDC is responsible for identifying and coordinating educational opportunities that are geared towards enhancing the knowledge and skills of Social Workers at NMVAHCS. Oversees the provision of clinical supervision to all SW staff who have entered a clinical supervision plan with an approved social work supervisor for licensure. Serves as a consultant for clinical supervisors throughout NMVAHCS. Developing and maintaining a qualified pool of clinical supervisors, and pairs them with supervisees, and implements framework for ongoing monitoring of matches. Provides clinical supervision for unlicensed social workers and social workers licensed at the LMSW level. Develops, implements, and maintains standardized basic Social Work Orientation training for all new NMVAHCS social workers and supervisors. Ensures training covers basic foundational level duties applicable to all social work staff. Ensures that all social work and non-social work supervisors who supervise social work staff are familiar with the social work orientation and competency process. Ensures that content updates to the Social Work Orientation Handbook are completed, accurate, and ensures the handbook is accessible by all SW staff. Performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning and assessment of social work educational program, and develops, implements, and monitors information systems to track SW education activities and effectiveness. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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