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. Learn more
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The Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator provides public
relations and community education regarding the VA, the Suicide
Prevention Program and suicide prevention in general, to various
social services, medical, mental health, legal, housing and welfare
organizations across multiple sites in a large geographic area.
These organizations include Federal, State, County and City
government offices, as well as private non-profit and for-profit
businesses and agencies. The incumbent represents the VA and Mental
Health Service at meetings with community partners and other
agencies, and collaborates with these officials to form
partnerships and develop improvements to the current system of
service delivery. He/she is also responsible for providing suicide
prevention training for the VAWCHCS catchment area including all
The program coordinator is responsible for fiscal management of
the Suicide Prevention Program which includes monitoring
expenditures, submission and verification of reports, developing
budgets and staffing plans based on need, requesting appropriate
FTEE funds, determining solutions or resolutions to budget and
staffing shortages and related fiscal and administrative problems,
and managing expenditures within budget.
Performs as a liaison between the VA and State, local and
private agencies and academic affiliates, to assist in cooperative
efforts, and provide internship and mentoring opportunities.
Assistance provided is based on monitoring activities and program
reviews, and the development and analysis of information. The
incumbent uses sound judgement in the interpretation of trends and
patterns; the application of guidelines; and the recommendation of
program enhancements. In addition, the incumbent performs program
review and analyses.
As the Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator, the incumbent
assists in planning, establishing, and implementing policies and
procedures; developing individual and group goals and objectives as
well as monitoring, operating, evaluating, coordinating, and
overseeing the clinical staff of the assigned programs.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0185 Social Work
- Mental Health Social Workers
- School Social Workers
- Social Workers
- Social Workers, All Other
- Social Workers, Mental Health
Social Workers, School
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements within 30 days after the closing date (06/04/2021) of
Basic Requirements:U.S. citizenship: Must be a citizen of U.S.
Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit
qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education: Must have a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from
a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social
Work Education (CSWE) (transcript required). 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
Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker
positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed (LCSW) or
certified by a state to independently practice social work at the
advanced practice level. Current state requirements may be found on
the OHRM website.
English Language: Must be proficient in spoken and written
English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3,
section A, paragraph 3j.
In addition to the basic requirements:
- Experience/Education. The candidate must have one year of
experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Experience must
demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment,
demonstrating progressively more professional competency.
Candidates 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
Licensure/Certification. 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
- Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
(a) Skill in coordinating and implementing one or more specialty
program(s), across the facility.
(b) Skill in local policy and practice development, procedures,
and/or practice guidelines for the program as prescribed by the
program handbook or national directive.
(c) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting
multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s).
(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
including assignment of work to be performed; performance
evaluations; and selection of staff, training, and recommendation
of awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary
(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) Knowledge of organizational structure and impact on program
Physical Requirements: The position is generally involving
activities normally associated office based mental health
practices. No unusual physical demands are placed on the incumbent.
The work requires extreme patience and control of emotions in a
multi-disciplinary work setting. Occasional automobile driving may
be necessary in meeting one's responsibilities.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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