Primary Care Mental Health Social Worker (PCMHI) Jobs (Program Coordinator) (2023)

sum up

Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's (GCVHCS) array of behavioral health care services includes four community outpatient clinics and a main campus that spans 300 miles across three states (Michigan, Alabama, and Florida). GVHCS is customer service oriented and addresses the full range of patients' emotional, psychological, behavioral, interpersonal and social needs.

This job is open to

  • U.S. citizen, citizen, or person loyal to the United States.

Clarification of the Organization

US Citizen Current Permanent Federal Employee Application CBST-11976818-23-DMM


VA It offers a comprehensive total rewards package:2023 VHA Total Award for Social Worker Occupational Flyer$.pdf

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent will have broad responsibility as a Program Director for one of Gulf Coast Behavioral Health Services' major programs (Acute Program or Inpatient Rehabilitation Program). The service provides the specialized, complex, and highly specialized care that is integral to the organization's plans and has a significant impact on veterans' health care.
  • Program managers make decisions affecting people and other resources related to the programs they manage and exercise broad freedom and independent judgment. Program administrators will have direct reports including psychiatrists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, neuropsychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health professional counselors, addiction therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and support specialists. The incumbent will oversee the execution of tasks to ensure that requirements are met, interpret and process various data related to the programming of the Veterans special needs program.
  • Prepares special reports and responses, congressional responses, briefings, issue summaries, and decision documents for medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential, and complex; a requirement of the position.

working hours: 8:00 AM. rice. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Telecommuting: available, temporary only
Virtual:This is not a virtual position.
function declaration#: 520-00590-F
Relocation/recruitment incentives: unauthorized
Permanent Season Change (PCS):unauthorized
PhilippinesFinancial disclosure report:unnecessary


employment conditions

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Men born after December 31, 1959 are required to register for military service.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • You may be asked to accept a trial period.
  • Subject to background/security checks.
  • Successful applicants will need to complete an online admissions process.
  • Must pass a medical exam prior to employment.
  • All VA health care personnel (HCPs) are required to participate in the seasonal influenza vaccination program.
  • All Veterans Health Administration health care personnel (HCPs) are required to participate in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program. See "Additional Information" below for more information.

Listening skills

Applicants pending completion of training or certification/licensing requirements may be recommended and selected on a trial basis, but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

basic requirements:

  • US Citizenship: Non-citizens may be designated only if qualified civilians cannot be recruited under VA policy.
  • Proficiency in Written and Spoken English [Per VA Manual 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person is appointed under the authority of 38 U.S.C, Chapter 73 or 74 to directly care for a patient who is not competent VHA Written and spoken English. ]
  • Master of Social Work from the School of Social Work, fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). School of Social Work graduates with candidate status do not qualify for this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited.Note: A Doctorate in Social Work is not a substitute for a Masters in Social Work.
  • Be licensed or certified by the state to independently practice social work at the master's level.

assessment decision: Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-13

  • Experience/Education:Equivalent to one year of experience at the GS-12 grade level. Experience must demonstrate advanced practical skills and judgment, progressively demonstrating more professional competence. Applicants may possess accreditation or other graduate education from a nationally recognized university or professional organization that includes prescribed coursework/study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience. Examples of experience include, but are not limited to: Administrative responsibility for clinical programs providing treatment to veterans in major specialty areas including, but not limited to: spinal cord injury, ongoing programs for homeless veterans, hospice and end of life care programs, Suicide Prevention Program Veterans Justice Outreach, Caregiver Support Program and Community Nursing Home Program. The center's sole practitioner of this specialty, often providing direct patient care services in the program area. Oversees day-to-day program operations, develops policies and procedures for program operations, and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and state use. May be responsible for project budgets, development and monitoring staff adherence to practices, standards and guidelines related to documentation, workload, data entry, ethical practices and service delivery. Analyze and evaluate data from clinical and computer programs to identify system-wide trends and needs to improve service quality. May be responsible for or participate in program resource and financial management, monitor checkpoints for development of an annual budget, operate within that budget, and be responsible for allocated funds. Administratively responsible for clinical planning and preparation of reports and statistics for institutional, VISN and national use. Provide leadership, coaching, mentoring, coaching, on-the-job training, employee development and continuing education programs to assigned staff. Initiates and conducts various program or service audits and completes assigned clinical practice audits and reports, including productivity evaluations. Oversees program operations and evaluations, identifies areas for improvement, collects relevant data, evaluates data, develops and implements improvement ideas, and evaluates effectiveness of improvement efforts.
  • License/Certification:Individuals appointed as social worker program coordinators must be licensed or certified at an advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision in order to be licensed.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):In addition to previous experience, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
    • Ability to coordinate and implement one or more facility-wide specialty programs.
    • Skills in developing local policies and practices, procedures and/or practice guidelines for systems as defined in program manuals or national guidelines.
    • Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines and evaluate assigned design areas.
    • Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to advance program goals and improve patient-centered care.
    • Ability to provide a full range of supervisory functions, including delegating work to be performed, performance appraisal and personnel selection, training and reward, referral, promotion and, where appropriate, disciplinary action.
    • Ability to oversee financial affairs of supervised operations, including controlling funds, contracts, and equipment expenditures, forecasting resource and equipment needs, and managing allocated budgets.
    • Learn about organizational structures and their impact on program operations.

Preferred experience:

  • Integrated Nursing Experience.
  • administrative experience

report:VA Manual 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39

The full performance grade for this opening is GS-13.

Physical requirements:Light lifting/carrying (less than 15 pounds), over-the-shoulder access, use of fingers, hands required, walking (1 hour), standing (1 hour), Jaeger 1 to 4, corrected near vision 13" to 16", corrected distance vision up to 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye, hearing (can afford help);

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great:If all or part of your eligibility is based on education, transcripts must be submitted with your application.

use:Only an education or degree from an accredited college, university, school, or institution recognized by the US Department of Education is eligible for federal employment. You can verify your qualifications here: you have studied abroad to meet eligibility requirements, you must submit your foreign equivalency certificate and transcripts to receive credit for that education. For more information, visit:

More information

Earn service credits or earn annual leave (vacation): Federal employees earn annual leave (4, 6, or 8 hours per pay period) based on the number of years they have worked as a federal employee. Selected applicants may be eligible for credit for accrued annual leave based on prior work experience or military service experience. This certification service can be used to determine the rate at which the annual license is earned. This credit must be submitted and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job announcement may be used to fill other jobs.

This position is an excellent service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages applications from people with disabilities. VA health-related positions are covered by Title 38, except for Schedule A, which is not covered by the appointing agency.

According to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCPs) mustfully vaccinatedFor COVID-19, subject to legally required accommodations (eg medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCP does not include telecommuters who rarely come to VHA sites. If selected, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of vaccination by the start date. The service will provide more information about what information or documents are required and how you can request accommodations required by law through the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to submit your application online or need to fax documents that you do not have online, please see the link below for information onalternative application.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of job you have and whether your work is full-time, part-time or intermittent. For more information on the specific benefits offered, please contact the recruitment agency.

how it will be evaluated

Your suitability for the job will be assessed based on how well you meet the above requirements.

Be clear and specific when describing your experience. We cannot make assumptions about your experience. Your application, resume, resume will be verified. and/or supporting documents. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect employment.

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Resume Requirements: Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:

  • Job Title (per job)
  • Job Description (please be as detailed as possible)
  • Start/end dates for month and year of employment (for example, June 2018 to April 2020)
  • Full-time or part-time status (including average hours worked per week)

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, charitable, religious, spiritual, community, student, social) . Volunteering helps develop key skills, knowledge and abilities and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly into gainful employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Department of Veterans Affairs conducts pre-employment background checks as a screening method used during the hiring process to verify information provided by applicants (for example, on a resume or during an interview or hiring process). Gain additional insight into candidate skills and help hiring managers make final selections for positions.

It is VA policy not to deny employment to those who have experienced periods of economic hardship or unemployment.

Veterans and transitioning service members: Please visitVeterinary VAThe site provides career search tools for veterans seeking VA employment, career development services for our current veterans, and training and reintegration support for service members.

necessary file

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

  • permission
  • 10-2850C - Health Professions Application (Fillable) - SDC Order #F05428
  • recover
  • transcription

El formulario VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations se puede encontrar en:About Form VA 10-2850C | Veterans Affairs.
Required when applying

The following documents are accepted and may be required if they apply to your qualifications and/or qualifications for the position. use thisCHECK LISTMake sure you include all documents required for your application, such as copies of transcripts (if using educational qualifications), SF-50s (current/former federal employees), etc.

  • DD-214/Declaration of Service
  • Certificate of Disability (Appendix A)
  • Certificate of Disability (VA)
  • permission
  • 10-2850C - Health Professions Application (Fillable) - SDC Order #F05428
  • Degree
  • Professional Certificate
  • recover
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/Personnel Action Notice
  • transcription

Veterans Preferences:When applying for federal jobs, eligible veterans must request a 5-point preference (TP), 10-point preference (CP/CPS/XP), or Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) on the questionnaire. You must provide legible copies of DD214s showing the dates and characteristics of service (rates, general, etc.). If you are currently serving and expect to be discharged or discharged within 120 days, you must submit documentation of your active duty that reflects the date of service, nature of service (honorary, general, etc.) and upcoming date of separation. In addition, disabled veterans and others who qualify for the 10-point credit (such as widows or mothers of qualifying veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Veteran's 10-Point Credit Application" along with the required supporting documents described in the form. Documentation is required to be prioritized. For more information on Veteran Preference, visitFBI Hiring Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans Preference.

If you are relying on your education to meet the eligibility requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education to count toward grades. Therefore, please only provide membership and/or titleSchool accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education..

Failure to provide all required information as specified in this vacancy notice may result in disqualification from assessment or affect the overall score.

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how to apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the entire questionnaire and submit the documents specified in the "Required Documents" section below. Completed application packets must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. rice. (ET) for consideration on 06/06/2023. To preview the quiz, click

  1. To get started, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the instructions to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the career questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit my answers to submit your application package.

use:It is your responsibility to ensure that your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted by the deadline.

To verify that your application is complete, log in to your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link, and then select the More information about this position link. The details page will show the status of your application, documents received and processed, and any correspondence sent by the service in relation to this application. It may take several hours for the virus scan process to delete your uploaded documents. To return an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application on the job posting. You must reselect your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Institution contact details

Eric Bonilla


(352) 548-6009



Biloxi Veterans Medical Center
400 Veterans Ave
Biloxi, MS 39531

More information about the institution

Next step

After submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation email notification. Once we have received the application package (including all required documents) and the vacancy has closed, we will review the application to ensure eligibility and suitability requirements are met. Upon completion of the review, a certificate of reference will be issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Recommended candidates will be notified and may be contacted directly by the Recruiting Office for an interview. All recommended candidates will receive final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You can check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on apply. For information about the status of your application, visityouSAEmpleoshelp center.

use:Participation in the Seasonal Influenza Program is a condition of employment and a requirement of all VA Health Care Personnel (HCPs). All HCs must receive the annual seasonal flu shot or be exempt for medical or religious reasons. Masks are required if exempt from flu vaccination. HCs who violate the directive may face disciplinary action, up to and including removal from federal service. HCPs are people who work at a VHA site or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCPs as part of their duties during flu season. VHA sites include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and related clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community outpatient clinics (CBOCs), family units, veterinary centers, and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP includes all licensed and unlicensed health care professionals, clinical and administrative, remote and on-site, salaried and unpaid, full-time and part-time employees, part-time employees, employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers, and interns. HPT) are those who are expected to perform some or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs can be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows, and students. HCP also includes VHA workers who provide home care to veterans and drivers, as well as other workers whose role is to reach patients outside of VA medical facilities.

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1. Comprehensive Mental Health Continuum of Care
(Veterans Health Administration)
2. VA and DoD Career Pathways Part 2: Clinically Focused Careers
(Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT))
3. Integrated Primary Care: Bringing Mental Health Care to those Who Need It - Dr. Pomerantz
(Farley Health Policy Center)
4. October 13, 2020 General Meeting Veterans Mental Health Care Services and Peer Support Services
(NAMI San Antonio)
5. Integrated Primary Care
6. BGMS Virtual Grand Rounds: Integrated Behavioral Health
(Butte-Glenn Medical Society)


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