This Position Is No Longer Available


Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:CIH-12-610226-HMG

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 16, 2012 to Friday, March 2, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy - Des Moines, IA United States


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 610226 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 


How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


VA Central Iowa Health Care System, primary duty site is Des Moines, IA.  The VA Central Iowa Health Care System provides a full continuum of care between the Des Moines campus and our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC’s) and is one of the Medical Centers that make up the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).  Employee selected may be expected to perform duties at other duty sites within VA Central Iowa Health Care System based on the needs of the organization.


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


DUTIES: The Social Work Associate provides services to selected cases as assigned by the appropriate masters level social worker or Coordinator of Recovery Across the Continuum Model. S/he expedites treatments and implements objectives for the patient providing total social services to selected cases in which goals can be achieved by use of the knowledge, skills, etc., in which s/he has been trained. Typical tasks for this position would be assisting veterans in completion of application forms for VA and other healthcare, community resources and government entitlement programs (including but not limited to Advance Directives paperwork). Other typical tasks include gathering information, handling details around discharge planning including arranging community nursing home placements and alternative living arrangements, and  collecting information including contact information about the veteran’s significant others and other psychosocial information. Other duties would be completing necessary paperwork on routine discharges, providing support to the family, and the veteran as they struggle with the adjustments and loss of function associated with a debilitating illness.


Provides those services which support social worker's treatment and intervention responsibilities. Such supportive services may include acquiring or following up on the acquisition of documents, reports, or information that are needed for social work treatment planning; and making telephone calls or personal contacts on behalf of social workers to physicians, nurses, families, significant others, community nursing home personnel, or community agencies.




  • U.S. citizenship.  





     Education:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in major fields of study such as:  social welfare, sociology, psychology, public administration, philosophy, education, anthropology, history, economics and/or English.






     GS-7:  One year of experience as a social welfare worker or social work assistant in a voluntary, public, social, or health agency.


     GS-8:  Two years of such experience, which must have included 1 year in a medical setting.


QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE:  Must have been of a quality and scope to enable applicants to perform assignments typical of the grade level for which considered.  For GS-7/8, applicants must have had 1 year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service.


PERSONAL QUALITIES:  Applicants must be suited in personality and temperament for this work and must have demonstrated ability to work well with others.


DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIREMENT:  A driver’s license in the State or Territory in which assigned may be required.  If required, candidates must pass a Federal service driving test.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.  Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required.  However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.  Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant’s ability to perform the duties of a position.  Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to:  the use of assistive devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules.


All positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements specified in 5 CFR, part 930, subpart A.





References : VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ]

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.



RATING AND RANKING PROCEDURE:  Rating and ranking of candidates will be accomplished in accordance with procedures indicated in Article 22 of the VA and AFGE Master Agreement.  All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of education and experience appropriate to this position.  Only education and/or experience acquired by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


The Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) technique will be used in the interview process for this position.  Employees may refer to for information about PBI and how to prepare for the interview.  Printed reference materials on PBI are also available from Human Resources upon request.




Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


Receiving Service Credit for 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.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.





You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 610226.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 02, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Transcripts from required education level detailing field of study and course work completed.
  5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Sheri J. Leech
Phone: (515)699-5693
Agency Information:
VHA Central Iowa HCS
3600 30th Street
Des Moines, IA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

Control Number: 309592600
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