Social Worker (Women Veteran Program Manager)

Salem, Virginia
May 13, 2022
May 18, 2022
Full Time

Duties include but not limited to:
Writes and updates a women's health strategic plan incorporating all new initiatives agreed upon in the Women's Health Committee.

Ensure timeliness and equity of access to all women's health primary, specialty and mental health services including comprehensive women's health, gynecology, e-consults, and Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) women's health consults, pelvic floor physical therapy and women's health social work.

Plan for the establishment of new specialty, mental health or primary programs and the expansion of existing programs to meet the needs of women Veterans who are currently seeking care within the facility and the increasing number expected to do so.

Provides direction and oversight to medical center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) women's health programs in accomplishing their role by ongoing communication, visits, education and refinement and clarification of standards and goals of practice.

Chairs and writes minutes for the Women's Health Committee and the Women's Health Liaisons Committee and serves on various advisory committees including SARRTP, Health Disease and Prevention, homeless, transition team, environment of care and privacy.

Ensures inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment is patient centered and diverse for military sexual trauma; LGBT; PTSD; pain; depression; anxiety; drug and alcohol concerns; eating disorders; and marriage and family issues. Individual, group, and couples' therapies are evidence-based as well as open to complimentary alternative treatments which may have gender variations.

Works closely with Non-VA Care, Choice program and Community Partners to ensure outsourced care is scheduled in a timely manner including maternity, gyn oncology, infertility, genetic counseling, and mammography.

Keeps current of and applies for women's health grant opportunities and manages projects as funding is granted. Manages rural health pelvic floor and maternity care telephone grants until expiration of grant including budget and Office of Rural Health (ORH) Management & Analysis Tool (OMAT) reporting.

Provide oversight and leadership in improving and sustaining the quality and effectiveness of care delivered to women Veterans.

Work Schedule: 7:45am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
Telework: yes AD-HOC
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: Women Veterans Program Manager (GS-0185-12)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Subject to background/security investigation.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


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: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.
  • 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 if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
  • Licensure: Person hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or
    certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
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: GS-12

Experience, Education and Licensure:

Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.

The incumbent must have:
(1) Demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to care delivery
(2) Documented ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs
(3) Management experience with strong administrative and interpersonal skills

Preferred Experience: Women's Health experience

References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, and Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (intermittent); standing (intermittent); hearing (aid permitted); clear speech. The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items like papers or books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.


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

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .