This announcement has been extended. Applicants who have applied, do not need to reapply. However, application materials must clearly support the qualification requirements of the position. Employee will serve as a Social Services Assistant located at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System in Omaha NE and Lincoln NE. The salary is the general pay scale, therefore, salary will be adjusted based on location of selection. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Requires one full year of experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Qualifying specialized experience includes: Group leader in community or residential recreation or training programs. Counselor in a youth summer camp. Instructor in a training program for the development of job skills. Work that demonstrated the ability to be responsible for and to lead and train members of a job crew. Group activities leader in the Armed Services. Unit leader-monitor-proctor for a dormitory group in a boarding school or other residential facility. Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff in such fields as personnel (private or government), employment guidance in a vocational or academic institution, social service, or manpower development. Aid or assistant to professional or associate staff engaged in work of a social services nature in private, public welfare, government program, or community organizations, or in voluntary activities. Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff working with individuals who are addicted to or abuse alcohol and/or drugs. NOTE: Resume(s) must clearly support the required experience and support responses provided to the online questionnaire to receive credit. -OR- SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Successfully completed at least one-half year of graduate level education (9 semester hours above a Bachelor's degree) or an internship in course matter that must include courses directly related to the work of this position. -OR- COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience, as described above, meets the total experience requirement. AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Communication Customer Service Organizational Awareness Team Building IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** The primary purpose of this position functions as an interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a whole health partnership. Performs a wide range of tasks to assist patients and peers of all ages, from young adult to old age. Applies knowledge of resources to support the patients journey through the Whole Health System and connects them to the best options to support their health and well-being while establishing an on-going relationship. The Social Services Assistant - Whole Health Partner leads Whole Health Orientation, Introduction to Whole Health, and Taking Charge of My Life and Health Groups following subsequent educational trainings. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Provides information and advocates for patients' personal health goals and plan, and shares/communicates goals with clinical care team. Functions as the steward of how to navigate the whole health system and orient new patients to the program about the services, hours, locations, staff, tools, resources, and other pertinent information. Assists patients to explore core elements of personal health planning, exploration of what matters to the patient, self-assessment using the components of health and well-being, identification of goals and potential actions in self-care areas, and identification of support and follow-up to implement a plan. Assists patients in this exploration through one-to-one or group sessions. Facilitates group programs aimed at exploring the components of health and well-being, informs patients about community and mutual supports and how to use these to support health and well-being goals. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Financial 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.