This position is located in Social Work Service/Chaplain Section/Chaplain Section, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing Program (HUD-VASH). To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-06 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR): Positions in this series range widely in type and include support duties to medical or health personnel. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. This position requires knowledge of mental health illnesses, recovery-oriented resources and approaches, and components of psychosocial rehabilitation and a working knowledge of current trends and developments in a Homeless Program. AND Specialized experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: supporting patients in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans; acting as a liaison to community resources; assisting in obtaining decent and affordable housing; facilitating structured skill training groups; obtaining services that suit individual recovery needs; documenting medical records; and providing telephonic support and supportive visits. 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; religions; 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. ["Engages veterans by listening and recommending assistance and treatment from the VA and community agencies. Assists veterans in articulating personal goals for recovery through the use on one-to-one and group sessions. Models for consumers' good communication, recovery-oriented living, effective coping, and skills and self-help strategies. Performs as a liaison to community resources and assists consumers in using these resources to enhance their independent living skills. Assists veterans in obtaining decent and affordable housing. Utilizes and teaches problem solving techniques with individuals and group. Provides input in staff meetings and interdisciplinary treatment planning. Assists consumers in attending their activities, appointments and errands, and provides escort or transportation services to consumers. Supports veterans in job seeking activities. Assists in obtaining services that suit the individual's recovery needs. Facilitates structured skill training groups. Documents medical records. Provides telephonic and in-person support. Provides psycho-educational groups on a variety of mental health issues using printed; audiovisual, or modular material. Uses words processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text; formatting letters, reports and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving email. Uses the Veterans Health Information & Technology Architecture (VISTA). Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/ 546-07936-A Physical Requirements: Work requires regular and recurring periods of standing, walking, lifting, moving furniture /other items, and accessing transportation, and driving a government car or van."]
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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.