Social Worker (Preceptorship Program Director/Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Internal Number: 616050900
The Social Work Preceptorship Program Director/Supervisor primary manages the administrative aspects of the SW Trainee's Program under Social Work Service, with responsibility for coordinating interdisciplinary staffing, work assignments, treatment services provided, and admission criteria. The goal of the Preceptorship program is to provide social work master level students professional opportunities that will help them develop clinical skills necessary to succeed. The incumbent organizes, directs, administers and manages all aspects of the programs including comprehensive planning, developing and implementing, and review of program policies and procedures, determining needs of the programs, overseeing the quality and quantity of training, and establishing programs' initiatives and direction with the limitation of available staff and budget. The incumbent has oversight of administrative and programmatic resources of the Social Work Trainees program which are highly specialized and complex. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Monitors and provides feedback to interns, fellows, social work preceptors, and the Service Chief on important data-driven sources of information that include trainee's workload and supervision received, number of patients being serviced by trainees, and amount of hours supervisors are spending supervising trainees and on teaching activities. Direct administrative and responsibility for oversight of the professional practice and training experience of the students. This supervisory responsibility includes insuring that trainees and preceptors adhere to the Social Work NASW and PR's Code of Ethics. As manager of the program, the director reports to the Chief of Social Work Service but largely operate in an independent manner on a day-to-day basis, with full responsibility to keep the Service Chief informed of activities and any issues in need of close collaboration and/or his direct intervention. It is also the responsibility of the incumbent to notify and seek final approval for program changes which may affect program accreditation, patient safety, or labor relation issues. Provide professional social work services for veterans and families/significant others in compliance with VA, VISN, Station, and the Program's procedures/memorandums. The Social Work Manager effectively utilizes electronic resources required for providing services and managing his/her position. Makes rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission, short term/or long-term placements including involuntary treatment when necessary. In the event of a medical or psychiatric crisis, the social worker will coordinate any required service with other VA Programs as well with Local Government and Community Partners in accordance with VA Policy and Law requirements. Community visits may be required in some cases to assure patient safety, to assess any psychosocial need and adequate living conditions. OTHER SPECIFIC DUTIES THE SOCIAL WORK PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM DIRECTOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR: Evaluation of program applicants and responsible for national recruitment and selection process of sw students. Initiating and following-up any personnel actions in which sw trainees are involved. Mediating in grievance procedures initiated by trainees or brought against them. Identifying and developing training experiences to meet Programs goals and trainee's needs. Mentoring and serving as role model for trainees. Chair monthly meeting with clinical preceptors to discuss interns and fellows progress, areas in need of improvement, and/or concerns that need to be addressed. Meeting weekly with SW Trainees to assess their progress through the training program, difficulties, and recommendations. Responsible for evaluating trainees request for leave and making recommendations to the Chief of Social Work Service for his approval or disapproval. The incumbent performs program analysis, development, review, research, design, and contact work as possible with various agencies (public, DOD, state, etc.). Responsible for key project activities related to the planning, development, and implementation of the project component. Performs other related duties as assigned. Incumbent reports to the Social Work Service Chief. The incumbent practices independently, using professional judgement and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans, their significant others/family members. Incumbent is given authority to make his/her own work assignments within the program area to which assigned. Uses initiative and resourcefulness in deviating from traditional methods or trends and patterns to develop new methods, criteria, and proposed new policies. Practice at an advance level and independently gathers relevant information to guide practice, including community Social Work standards. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Preceptorship Program Director/Coordinator)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
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.