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Job opening: Social Worker-Chief of Mental Health Service

Salary: $141 869 - 184 427 per year
Published at: Aug 31 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.


The incumbent functions as Chief of the MH Service. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Contributing to strategic objectives by developing, implementing, and coordinating programs, in collaboration with Kansas City VA executive leadership and through collaboration with other leaders across VISN 15 sites. Leading the organization toward achieving stated VHA and VISN program goals, in support of the VHA Mental Health Strategic Plan and in concert with VHA and VISN Strategic and Performance Measurement plans. Developing, coordinating, reviewing and evaluating MH programs, policies and procedures and assuming the authority to ensure implementation, as well as to maintain and improve MH operations. Providing oversight of mental health administrative and clinical programmatic resources and monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process. Chairing a MH Executive Committee that proposes strategies to improve programming, reviews the timeliness of Veterans' access to mental health care, oversees the resources and efficient utilization of these available to MH programs, etc. Collaborating with the VA medical facility Chief of Staff and the Associate Director for Patient Care Services to review recommendations submitted by the VISN. Ensuring written plans consistent with national policy for responding to mental health emergencies are developed and communicated broadly across the health care system to ensure Veteran safety. Ensuring same day access, screenings and warm handoffs for Veterans who attempt to engage with MH services or regarding a concerns. Designating VA medical facility Mental Health Discipline Leaders for Psychology, Psychiatry, Mental Health Social Work and Mental Health Nursing in collaboration with Nursing and Social Work leadership; further, will consider leaders for other Mental Health disciplines (Mental Health PAs, Mental Health CPPs, VRCs, MFTs and LPMHCs) when staffing levels warrant. Establishing clearly defined processes for how Veterans progress through the continuum of mental health care, including transitions to treatment settings where mental health care may be provided by a non-mental health care provider (e.g., in primary care with PCMHI support). VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Ad-hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Tracy Lowe, [email protected] the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



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: 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 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. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. ? 7403(f). Grade Determination: Social Worker (Program Manager) GS-14 (1) Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS- 13 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Individual 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. (2) Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSAs: (a) Skill in large scale program coordination and administration across multiple sites, which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. (b) Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. (c) Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. (d) Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to further program goals and enhance patient centered care. (e) Ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; selection of staff, training, and recommendation of awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary action. (f) Ability to oversee the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (including fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget. (g) Skill in developing policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program and in participating in national program development. (h) Ability to collaborate with internal VHA partners, locally and on a national level, as well as external community partners to further program goals and enhance patient centered care. Preferred Experience: VA experience and Service Chief experience of at least one year. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, PART II, APPENDIX G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185 Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing and reaching over head. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. Incumbent may be exposed, on a short term basis to fumes, dust and other debris. This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments, as this is a 24/7 hospital and is an essential function of the position. Some occasions this position require rotation of tours or indefinite work on non-administrative tours as established by the immediate supervisor. In the performance of duties, the incumbent may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles.


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.


  • Address Kansas City VA Medical Center 4801 Linwood Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64128 US
  • Name: Jenifer Williams
  • Phone: 816-701-3241
  • Email: [email protected]


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