This position is responsible for the delivery of Whole Health Coaching and skill development of the local Medical Center's Whole Health Coach program, including provision of care through coaching and promotion and education regarding Whole Health Coaching to Veterans and staff. A degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (Transcripts Required) -OR- A combination of education and experience that provided me with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. (Experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required at the time of application).-OR- Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that I have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. (Experience must be documented in your resume to be creditable.) -AND- GS-7 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSA bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). To qualify for SAA, applicants must have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. SAA is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. I graduated in the top third of my graduating class. Class is defined as the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. OR I graduated with a Grade-point average of 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0. This grade point average could have been determined based on 4 years of education or based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. OR I graduated with a grade-point average of 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on courses required for my major field or courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. OR I am a member of a national scholastic honor society. (Unofficial Transcripts Required) -OR- One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) in Federal service that has given me the particular knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of a Social Science Program Coordinator - Whole Health Coach, GS-7. Specialized experience includes: Assisting clients with developing and achieving self-determined goals related to health and wellness; utilizing motivational interviewing and health coaching techniques and processes to assist clients in developing realistic plans to accomplish their goals; conducting ongoing sessions to assess progress and assist clients in navigating obstacles or challenges; conducting interventions for clients using one-on-one, couples, or group modalities; and assisting in the collection of whole health qualitative data from clients. (Note: Specialized experience must be documented in your resume in order to receive credit.) -OR- Successfully completed one (1) full year of graduate education (or 18 semester hours) that included courses directly related to the work of a Social Science Program Coordinator, such as behavioral or social sciences or related disciplines, appropriate to this position that provided the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (Unofficial Transcripts Required) -OR- An equivalent combination of specialized experience and related graduate-level education, as described above, which meets the total experience requirements for this grade level. (NOTE: Your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.) -AND- In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Educational Experience (ACWA)Mathematical Skills (ACWA)Rating (ACWA)Social Organizations (ACWA)Work Experience (ACWA) IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. 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; religious; 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** Works with individuals and groups throughout the facility in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower the client to develop and achieve self-determined goals related to health and wellness. Coaches support clients in mobilizing internal strengths and external resources and develops self-management strategies for making sustainable, healthy lifestyle behavior changes and more effectively managing chronic disease. While health and wellness coaches do not diagnose conditions, prescribe treatments, or provide psychotherapeutic interventions, they provide expert guidance and may offer resources from nationally recognized authorities. As partners and facilitators, health and wellness coaches support their clients in achieving health goals and behavioral change based on their clients' own goals and consistent with treatment plans as prescribed by individual clients' professional health care providers. Coaches assist clients to use their insight, personal strengths and resources, goal setting, action steps and accountability toward healthy lifestyle change. Health Coaches both enhance wellness and assist with management of chronic disease. Health Coaches may work in primary care as a member of a PACT to assist Veterans with weight management, smoking cessation, addressing problematic areas in the eight components of proactive health and wellbeing, and adherence to chronic disease such as diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic pain. Health Coaches may work in specialty care-including mental health, nephrology, oncology, cardiology, infectious disease and others-to assist Veterans with identifying goals, developing behavior plans, and taking action steps to increase adherence to treatment. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am to 4pm\nRecruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-09. At the GS- 07 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-09. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds."]
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