The Assistant Chief has authority and responsibility for providing administrative support to the Chief. They assist with overall planning, organizing, directing, evaluating Social Work Service (SWS) programs at the Phoenix VA and various Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), and has delegated responsibility for those employees and functions in SWS. They have full authority to act for the Chief in all matters delegated to them and full authority for the Service in the absence of the Chief 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 that the Social Work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master's 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 Determinations: Social Worker (Assistant Chief) GS - 13 Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. 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. Licensure/Certification. The assistant service chief must evidence possession of supervisory and management skills, must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of administrative and supervisory duties which includes personnel actions, clinical supervision, consultation, negotiation with other departments, and quality improvement. Knowledge of legal, ethical, and professional standards applicable to social work practice. Ability to develop, maintain, and oversee social work programs in all settings. Knowledge of social work practice, policy, and accreditation standards across the continuum of health care. Skill in providing consultation to facility leadership, managers, and other staff on social work qualification standards, practice, competency, productivity, and continuing education requirements. References: VA Handbook 5005/12, Part II, Appendix G39 Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center and the community is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities it may be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, their families, representatives of the community. The incumbent must possess current driver's license and drive a government vehicle in carrying out professional duties when deemed necessary ["Duties include, but are not limited to : Provide both administrative and technical supervision to SWS staff Evaluate subordinate's performance and offers instruction, advice or counseling on social work, and administrative matters Supervise Social Work Education and Student Internship Coordinator. Direct oversite and final authority on Social Work staff assigned to the Veterans Resource Center as well oversite to the White House Inquiries and Congressional responses for the facility Make selections for supervisory and non-supervisory positions, hears grievances and serious employee complaints, reviews serious disciplinary cases (i.e. those proposing suspensions and removals), and disciplinary problems involving key employees Effectively handles disciplinary measures such as warning and reprimands and recommends or takes action in more serious cases Coordinate, develop, and provide a variety of staff development programs, education and training resources to a wide spectrum of staff at the Medical Center Support and contribute to all SWS programs within the service and integrates SWS goals and programs with total Medical Center goals Assist the Chief, SWS in managing the work of supervisors, particularly with respect to problems crossing service lines and activities which require joint action Participate with the Chief of SWS in staff meetings and supervisor's meetings to manage the overall direction of the service in keeping with goals and priorities prescribed by the Medical Center Serve the Medical Center at large in a variety of capacities, such as committee assignments, investigations, personnel matters, and special projects Monitor the Social Work Service overtime budget. The incumbent approves all staff timecard entries Due to the scope of the SWS at PVAHCS, the Assistant Chief, may be called upon to assist as a program planner and developer. In this role, the Assistant Chief must be able to coordinate and synthesize inputs from not only all the varied VA staff, but local and state agency officials who the Medical Center will interact with Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.