This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Supervisory Social Worker (Team Leader)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:520-WM-13-808804-773470

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 21, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Pensacola, FL United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 808804, Supervisory Social Worker (Team Leader), Closing Date: 01/11/13.                                 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:  520-WM-13-808804-773470

Supervisory Social Worker; Veterans Outreach, Center

Duty Location:  Pensacola, FL.

                                                                           

NOTE:  THIS POSITION CAN BE FILLED AS A SUPERVISORY CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, SEE ANNOUNCEMENT 520-WM-13-808868-773514 OR AS A SUPERVISORY READJUSTMENT COUNSELING THERAPIST (TEAM LEADER), SEE ANNOUNCEMENT 520-WM-13-808665-773480.

 

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?

 

As a VA professional Social Worker, 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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver license
  • Incumbent must be able to obtain a government driver license

DUTIES:

In his/her capacity as a Team Leader, the incumbent's primary responsibility is to provide therapy and Readjustment counseling to all eligible combat veterans and their family members, as well as, veterans who experienced sexual harassment/assault during military service. These counseling and therapeutic services will range from routine to complex and include suicide prevention, crisis intervention and short and long term treatment with clients exhibiting post- traumatic stress disorder, with or without other psychiatric disorders and/or readjustment problems. The breadth of clients encountered and problems exhibited necessitates that the incumbent eclectically select and implement a variety of psychological, rehabilitation, social work, counseling and mental health techniques. He/She exercises full professional responsibility to provide effective services including, but not limited to, individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling.

The incumbent is responsible to provide clinical leadership, management and supervision of all Vet Center clinical and administrative activities, and plans, coordinates, monitors, evaluates and supervises treatment services offered by the Vet Center staff. The duties of the Team Leader are quite complex and demanding. He/she must possess a high degree of clinical skill, including the unique skills needed to work with eligible veterans and their significant others; and to supervise and provide consultation to professionals and para-professionals providing clinical services. In addition, the incumbent must possess the capability to perform the administrative tasks required in a community-based office, of a program with unique working relationships with a wide range of VA facilities and community organizations.

 

Relocation Expenses and Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

 

Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; some nights and weekends will be required to meet mission demands.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS.  The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000.  To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:

 

    a.  Citizenship.  Be a citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)

 

    b.  Education.  Have a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited.  A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master’s degree in social work.

 

    c.  Licensure.  Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.  Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website. 

 

    (1)  Exception.  VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations.  This exception only applies up to the full performance level.  For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.

 

    (a)  For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master’s level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker.  Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam.  In California, where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master’s level within one year of meeting the full California prerequisites for licensure.

 

    (b)  It is VHA policy that a VHA social worker who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record.

 

    (c)  Different states have different levels of licensure or certification, making it difficult for VHA staff to determine the independent practice level.  Each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia completed surveys identifying the level of licensure or certification allowing independent practice.  Copies of the surveys are on file in the Office of Social Work Service and a summary spreadsheet of the levels of licensure or certification is available to social work professional standards board members for purposes of determining whether the social worker’s level of licensure or certification meets the VHA qualification standards.  All states except California use a series of licensure exams administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).  The ASWB is the association of boards that regulate social work.  ASWB develops and maintains the social work licensing examination used across the country and is a central resource for information on the legal regulation of social work.  The ASWB offers three examinations.  The master’s examination is generally used by states for the independent practice level of licensure or certification, while the advanced generalist and the clinical examinations are used for the advanced practice level of licensure or certification.  Differences between the master’s and the advanced exams demonstrate the expectation that advanced practice social workers will have a more sophisticated knowledge of practice theory and its application.

 

    (2)  Failure to Obtain License or Certification.  In all cases, social workers must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure or certification starting from the date of their appointment.  At the time of appointment, the supervisor, Chief Social Work or Social Work Executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline.  Failure to become licensed or certified within the proscribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.

 

    (3)  Loss of Licensure or Certification.  Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment.  Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.

 

    e.  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

    f.  English Language Proficiency.  Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.

 

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS THE APPLICANT MUST ALSO MEET:

 

GS-12:

 

Experience, Education and Licensure.  Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment.  At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice.  Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice).  Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

References: Qualification Requirements Used:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18.  This standard is available for review in the local HR Office.  For the full text, see the Handbook on file in Human Resources Management Service.

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

 

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HOW TO APPLY:

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 MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) 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: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 808804.  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, January 11, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

ON-STATION APPLICANTS (Individuals who are currently employed at VAGCVHCS):

1.  Current resume

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required – and MUST be signed and dated). 

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to apply on line.

4.  SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required – it must show your current position held, grade, series, and tenure).

5.  OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment  http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf. This is a required form and must be completed, signed and dated.

6.  You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date (required).

7.  Copy of your license, which shows your current expiration date.

 

OFF-STATION APPLICANTS (all others/status eligibles):

1.   Resume.

2.   VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required – and MUST be signed and dated).

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to apply on line.

4.  OF-306- Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf. This is a required form and must be completed, signed and dated.

5.   You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date (required).

6.   You MUST submit a copy of your license, which shows your current expiration date (required).

7.   If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:

a.  All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 4 copy (required).  

b.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf), required if claiming.

c.  A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).

8.    If you are a current or former federal employee you must include most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows current position held, grade, series, and tenure.

9. A spouse of a current Service member claiming preference must submit a copy of the marriage license and the Service member’s PCS orders specifying: the effective date of the PCS, the duty location, and a statement authorizing the dependent/spouse to accompany the Service member to the duty station.  Note:  This appointment is only covered within 2 years of the date on the PCS orders.  This must be submitted with the recruitment package to be considered eligible for this position.

 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Willie L. McGee
Phone: (228)523-4598
Email: WILLIE.MCGEE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Biloxi VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
400 Veterans Avenue
Human Resources 05A
Biloxi, MS
39531
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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: 334373400
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