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Job Title:Social Worker (LRC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AH-12-MSJ-642999

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

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$72,733.00 to $94,551.00 / Per Year


Thursday, April 12, 2012 to Friday, April 27, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy - Bonham, TX United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 642999 (Include # on all documents)

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, 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 .  


  • 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


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The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) Social Worker Program Coordinator position is located in Mental Health Service Division.  The LRC serves to assist with implementation of policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC) and facilitate implementation of recovery oriented services in Mental Health programs across VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), which includes education of providers and Veterans, the Veterans’ families, caregivers and/or significant others about recovery and evaluation of implementation efforts.  The incumbent has specialized knowledge of Mental Health Recovery-Oriented Programming and is responsible for leading the transformation of the local mental health system to one that provides Recovery-oriented services to the Veteran, the Veteran’s family, caregiver, and/or significant other.  The incumbent coordinates with mental health staff including service chiefs, program coordinators, and interdisciplinary treatment teams on the delivery of Recovery-oriented treatment services.


Monday-Fridays 8:00am-4:30pm.


Recruitment Incentives and Relocation Incentives are not authorized.


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BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  You must be a citizen of the United States.  Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Social Worker, GS-185 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39 dated February 13, 2009.


All applicants for the position of Social Worker in VHA, to qualify for appointment, 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.  [Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of 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. 


GS - 12 Social Worker Program Coordinators and Manager.  For Social Worker Program Coordinators, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility and the type, size, and complexity of the assignment.


 Experience, Education and Licensure.  Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level.  Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency.  They 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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


    1.  In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.


    2.  Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.


    3.  Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.


    4.  Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s).


    5.  Ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.


Assignments.  The KSAs shown above apply to all Social Worker Program Coordinator grade levels.


GS-12 Social Worker Program Coordinators.  Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) coordinators, Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) coordinators, Homeless Veterans Program (HVP) coordinators, Community Nursing Home Program (CNHP) coordinators.  They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area.  They manage the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use.  They may be responsible for the program’s budget.


English Language Proficiency.  Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance Public Law 95-201 for any providers in direct patient care.

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.

Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.


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.


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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 will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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.


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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 ( 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: 642999.  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, April 27, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume detailing your experiences as they relate to the KSAOs within the qualifications/evaluation section.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. Photo copy of  transcripts
  6. Copy of Internship (APA).
  7. Copy of Licensure
  8. 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  
  9. If you are current/former federal employee, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (if applicable).
  10. Any other documents required by the checklist.


Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Agency Information:
Mental Health Service
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX


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.

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