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Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Coordinator)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Gainesville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more

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Duties include but are not limited to:

The Suicide Prevention Coordinator will facilitate suicide prevention strategies at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS).This advanced practice licensed social worker must use a high level of skills to develop and implement local and national protocols for Veterans at increased risk for suicide, including the tracking and monitoring of high-risk patients, responding to referrals, case managing care, conducting VA and community outreach activities, and providing education and support to VA staff.

The incumbent must be skilled in presenting verbally and in writing to a wide range of internal and external customers at various organizations.

The incumbent must be skilled in Microsoft Office programs, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook.

The incumbent must have expertise in the execution of data management and evaluation.

The incumbent is required to travel to other sites within the NF/SGVHS frequently.

The incumbent will exercise mature professional judgment and use a wide range of clinical skills.

The incumbent will attend and participate in administrative and clinical staff meetings and exemplify team qualities.

The incumbent will comply with all policies and regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The incumbent will participate in the student training program, new employee orientation and serve on the facility, VISN, and national committees and workgroups.

The incumbent will be required to report to meetings and special events in person as directed by the supervisor.

The incumbent must understand the virtual work setting and build positive relationships with team members, internal and external stakeholders.

The position may be telework eligible for a self-motivated individual with the appropriate telework location.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Applicants pending the completion of educational, certification or licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship. US Citizen.
  • Education. 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. Individuals assigned as the social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and can provide supervision for licensure.
  • English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 USC 7403(f).

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs below:

  • Knowledgeable of program coordination and administration, which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
  • Proficient in writing policies, procedures, and practice guidelines for the program.
  • Have the ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.
  • Have the ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s).
  • Have the ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice.

Preferred Experience: Experience in Mental Health Social Work, specialized experience working with persons who are experiencing Mental Health Crisis, must be able to travel between facilities and outreach events.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. May be required to work weekends and holidays based on patient care and service needs. The selectee may be required to work or travel between any of the locations within the NF/SGVHS.

Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services.

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

References: VA Handbook 5005/120, PART II, APPENDIX G39.


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:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Gainesville , Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Coordinator), Other , Gainesville, Florida

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