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Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator - Social Worker

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: June 6, 2021

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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 CBOCs.

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

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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 12/31/1959
  • 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 onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days after the closing date (06/04/2021) of this announcement.

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 work.

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:

  1. 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 experience.

  1. 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 licensure.

  2. 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 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) Knowledge of organizational structure and impact on program operations.

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 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:

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