VA Boston Healthcare System Social Work Service is seeking a Senior Social Worker for Primary Care at the Jamaica Plain Campus. The Primary Care Social Worker is a fully licensed clinical social worker assigned to VHABHS outpatient primary care clinics, including women's health, CBOC's and telehealth. The incumbent's primary focus is to provide independent, advanced practice social work services and interventions to eligible veterans with highly complex health and mental health problems. Veterans in this clinic tend to have a wide range of serious, and sometimes severe, crises with a lack of community or familial support. They are often unable to comply with treatment and have major deficits in coping skills. Clinical social work and case management interventions are provided as a means of assisting veterans in order to meet their biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. The Primary Care Senior Social Worker is also assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. The veterans served reside primarily in BHS service area. Their health care and psychosocial needs are complex, expansive, and require a high degree of clinical oversight and intervention. Services include educating veterans and their families regarding the resources available to them both in the VA and within their community. The clinician provides clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination to the appropriate referral sources, including the VA and community agencies. Case management services are provided by this social worker to veterans with complex physical and mental health problems as needed to maximize outcomes of medical intervention by addressing psychosocial needs. This is accomplished in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment teams, community, and VA resources as appropriate. The incumbent has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession in Primary Care services through the use of mature, professional judgement and use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills, which may result in innovations in practice interventions. The Primary Care Senior Social Worker works independently to provide a wide range of social work services to patients and families who are coping with acute, intermediate or chronic phases of a variety of illnesses and/or with psychosocial challenges. The incumbent also acts as a consultant to physicians and other health care providers who seek biopsychosocial information in order to properly address the concerns of their patients and families. The incumbent develops whole health plans to deal with veteran's complex issues. The Primary Care Senior Social Worker coordinates care for veterans from all wartime eras. The social worker is educated in responding to the sensitive needs of veterans from various demographics. The incumbent will be responsible to facilitate individual and group sessions for whole health practice and coaching. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Functional Statement: F03076 Telework: May be authorized. This is at the discretion of the department and will be discussed during interview Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. NOTIFICATIONS: This position is in the Excepted Service. This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay. Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. This is a AFGE Bargaining Unit Position. Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. Current Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held. Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.