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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (Spinal Cord Injury) Program Coordinator in Murfreesboro, Tennessee


The incumbent serves as a Program Coordinator (Spinal Cord Injury) and is administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty area. The Spinal Cord Injury is one of the six nationally recognized VHA special disability programs. The incumbent manages the daily operation of the program, develops policies and procedures for the program operation and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN and national use.


The incumbent serves as a Polytrauma Coordinator (Social Work Case Manager) who facilitates and coordinates case management programs that include intake, assessment and evaluation of referrals for Polytrauma rehabilitation Services for active duty service member and Veterans who have experienced severe injuries resulting in multiple traumas, including spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, amputations, combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. He/She will collaborate with Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/designee and members of the Polytrauma Support Clinical Team when assigning case management. The incumbent will also provide ongoing comprehensive social work services to returning combat service members, Veterans and their families over the course of time VHA health care services are being provided. The Polytrauma Coordinator (a social worker master's degree practitioner) independently provides, clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible active duty service members, Veterans an their family member to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs. Services are provided in a healthcare settings, both inpatient and ambulatory and in the community. The Coordinator works closely and collaborates with Chief, Physical Medicine an Rehabilitation (PM&RS) Services, Polytrauma Support Clinical Team and the Transition and Care Management (TCM) Program Manager. He/She will provide program coordination but not supervisor to the case managers assigned to the Polytrauma Program. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. ยง 7403(f). 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 to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters 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. Current state requirements may be found by going to May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Grade Determination Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12:

Education, Experience, and Licensure. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate 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. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs.

(a) Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.

(b) Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.

(c) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.

(d) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines and evaluating assigned program area(s).

(e) Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice

must be annotated within your resume References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking, 4 hours; Standing, 4 hours; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and mental stability.


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:

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.