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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Social Worker, Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center (PRRC) in White City, Oregon


The Supervisory Social Worker functions as the Supervisor of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) program at VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC), a Complexity Level 3 Facility, in White City, Oregon.


In addition to clinical duties, the Supervisory Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. The Supervisory Social Worker provides oversight of daily program operations for the interdisciplinary treatment team, which is comprised of psychologists, social workers, peer support specialists, and interns from the social work and psychology training programs.

The Supervisory Social Worker has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment in working with patients with Serious Mental Illness. The Supervisory social worker acts independently in the absence of social work supervision, and is assigned to work with special patient populations with highly complex health or mental health problems. Duties include, but are not limited to the following: The Supervisory Social Worker supervises a group of employees (social workers, psychologists, peer support specialist) performing work at various GS levels and provides administrative, technical, and clinical supervision necessary for accomplishing the mission. Ensures adequate staffing to ensure Veteran-centric program outcomes. Performs administrative and personnel management functions for supervised staff. The Supervisory Social Worker coordinates and leads the interdisciplinary treatment team (comprising of psychologist, social worker, peer support specialist) and makes successive improvements in processes to benefit the recovery experience for PRRC Veterans. The Supervisory Social Worker provides oversight of daily clinic operations and ensures clinic coverage by coordinating staff leave. The Supervisory Social Worker has primary responsibility for consult management, assignment of new patients to provider caseload, coordinating the PRRC group curriculum schedule. The Supervisory Social Worker assists in oversight of national Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center program standards and policy with regular reviews of procedures to ensure compliance with The Joint Commission and CARF accreditation, and local facility policies. The Supervisory Social Worker collaborates with and assists others within or across work groups to validate and/or improve practice, either on the basis of application of current research based knowledge or conducting research. The Supervisory Social Worker provides a full range of clinical treatment services to veterans who have been diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness and who attend an intensive program of structured therapeutic and rehabilitative activities. Other duties include the facilitation of: therapeutic outings into the community; community government meetings and leadership with the interdisciplinary treatment team in the development of individualized veteran-centered goals and recovery oriented treatment plans. Independently performs thorough psychosocial assessments of new patients referred to the PRRC program by electronic consult. This includes screening patients for psychosocial needs and appropriateness for the services that are available in the PRRC program. Develops recovery/treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measure outcomes of interventions. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families. Independently works with veterans and their families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing advanced individual, group, and family treatment skills. Develops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services that are specifically tailored to the needs of SMI patients, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Demonstrates the ability to design changes based on empirical findings. Offers consultation to colleagues and interns on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specifically tailored to the needs of SMI patients, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Renders professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Provides clinical supervision to social work interns and unlicensed social workers as assigned. Provides clinical supervision and instruction for Social Workers. Assists in the ongoing improvement of the Social Worker Training Program and actively participates in the Social Worker Training Committee meetings. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm; Compressed schedule may be available

Compressed/Flexible: May be available for a highly qualified candidate

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


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 form a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduate of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do no 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 of 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: Persons hired to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice 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 Determinations:

Experience, Education and Licensure. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. 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, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs Below. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines. Knowledge of supervisory duties which includes clinical supervision, consultation, negotiation with other departments and quality improvement. Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services. Ability to provide staff training and development. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Preferred Experience: 2-3 years treating a population similar in complexity or have recently completed a VA Internship in a PRRC Clinic. Preferred experience to include diagnostic initial intakes, treatment planning, crisis management, psychotherapy experience, and coordination of services experience. Must demonstrate good organizational leadership skills. Physical Requirements: Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; 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; Specific visual requirement (see computer screen); Hearing (aid permitted). Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; Working around moving objects or vehicles; Working closely with others; Working alone.


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.