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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (PM&R and Transplant Coordinator) in West Roxbury, Massachusetts


VA Boston Healthcare System Social Worker Services is seeking a licensed Social Worker to serve as a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Social Worker and Transplant Social Work Coordinator. The incumbent is stationed at the West Roxbury (WR) Campus, but is expected to travel to all campuses and CBOCs within VA Boston Healthcare System as needed. This position is supervised by the West Roxbury Social Work Supervisor with input from the Chief of PM&R and Transplant Program Team.


As the Transplant Social Work Coordinator, the incumbent: Serves as the social worker assigned to the VA Boston National Transplant Center Works collaboratively with VA and community Transplant Center's including new Transplant Program with BWH. This program is mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation Must have medical Social Work experience and education that demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment Must have at least two years in an area of specialized social work practice, preferably in transplantation Must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB clinical examination Advanced practice transplant social worker independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at the advanced practice level to eligible veterans and their families, to meet the biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. The veteran's health care and biopsychosocial problems & needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. Services are provided in the community, at the VA that referred the veteran to transplant, during the pre-transplant and posttransplant periods, and at the time of transplant. The incumbent is required to interact with the patient, family, and significant others, as well as community agencies, numerous treatment teams, and staff members from any VA in the U.S. and its territories. As the PM&R Social Worker, the incumbent services as the primary social worker on the Acute Rehab Inpatient Unit. The Incumbent: Serves as social work program coordinator for the Amputation System of Care and the Comprehensive Integrated Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Programs Is administratively responsible for a clinic program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Amputation Care and Rehabilitation and other specialized programs May be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area Manages the operation of the social work program and direct patient care services in the program area Participates in the department QM and CARF committee meetings and develops policies and procedures for program operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and/or national use Manages & controls the use of data related to these programs regarding day to day functioning and program evaluation In conjunction with the Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, plans program development, organizes and directs administrative, operational, patient and personnel activities for the service Provides clinical care & case management for veterans enrolled in VA BHS Provides social work care and for the Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP) and the VISN 1 Amputee System of Care (ASoC) program Provides care coordination in conjunction with primary care providers and specialty clinics as needed for Boston and VISN patients to meet their complex and time sensitive needs. In additional to coordinating interdisciplinary care within the VA Healthcare system, as the services to veterans with amputations progresses, the incumbent may assist the veteran and their caregiver across the continuum of care including living at home and receiving in home services, outpatient care and institutionalized care Assists with accessing VA and community benefits and caregiver support The incumbent has dual role of lead social worker for the Comprehensive Integrated Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Program and the Amputation System of Care (ASoC) program. As a result, requires specialized inpatient and outpatient clinical social work competencies and serves as a social work subject matter expert for ASoC on topics of limb loss prevention, coping and community reintegration after limb loss. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Functional Statement: F2314

Telework: Not authorized

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 an 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 current permanent Federal agency employees Incomplete applications will not be considered


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/27/2021 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 the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work. Licensure. 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. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations/Minimum Qualifications for GS-12

Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They 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, the candidate must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed below. (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: Experience in a Hospital Setting Experience on an interdisciplinary team Experience with discharge planning Experience completing advanced directives/health care proxies Experience with data tracking and process improvement Experience providing care to medically complex individuals Experience completing psychosocial assessments References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 - Social Worker Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. Applicants must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others.


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

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.