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Job Title:Social Worker

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:IC-13-776420-13-28-DCW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 26, 2012 to Friday, November 09, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Dubuque, IA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): IC-13-776420-13-28-DCW (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?

 

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is recruiting for one (1) full-time Social Worker for the Dubuque Community Based Outreach Clinics (CBOC).  The ICVAHCS is one of the facilities of the VA Midwest Health Care network (VISN 23).  The incumbent will serve as a Social Worker in the VA Rural Health Resource Center working with veterans with complex psychosocial and health care needs, and to partner with staff in the VA Rural Health Resource Center in Iowa City to evaluate new programs and community outreach efforts.  The Rural Health Resource Center is an interdisciplinary work environment involving both VA and University of Iowa staff.

 

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 and leadership positions 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/.  

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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1.  Performs psychosocial assessments in cases where referrals are made for a wide range of specific problems (including financial, legal, home care, death of a family member, change in caregiver status, neglect and high risk veterans who may be socially isolated, have decreased mental capacity or lack a support system).

 

2.  Assess and identify family and patient strengths, at risk factors, level of functioning and areas for social work interventions. 

Provide consultation, education to veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits, specialty programs and advance directives.

 

3.  Reach out to VA and non-VA primary care providers, hospitals, nursing homes and community resources to facilitate co-management and coordination of care for veterans.  

 

4.  Develop and participate in educational programs for CBOC providers who care primarily for rural veterans on how to successfully navigate the process of getting veterans appropriate services.  

 

5.  Evaluate new programs designed to improve coordination of services for rural veterans and perform and evaluate community outreach efforts.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Education: Master’s degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

 

GS-11: Completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care socialwork (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
OR,
In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 

1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

 

2. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient’s problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.

 

3. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.

 

4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

 

5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

 

6. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.

 

7. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.

 

8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.

 

9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

1.  Prior experience with the VA health care system.


2.  Demonstrated skill and expertise in establishing and maintaining effective and ongoing therapeutic relationship with veterans and their families who are experiencing difficult, and potentially complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral and psychosocial issues.

 

Unofficial transcripts required whenever qualifying based on education.Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

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


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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.

 

Department of Education. Applicants can verify accred-itation 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. ***

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

 

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.

 

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx


BENEFITS:

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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, 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:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap.

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 09, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/. After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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 776420.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:·

  • Résumé or Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612).·
  • Unofficial college transcript if substituting college education for the experience requirement. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.) ·
  • Responses to the questionnaire. ·
  • Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate)

Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything!

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

David C. Williams
Phone: (319)338-0581x6738
Email: DAVID.WILLIAMS1375E8@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Iowa City VAMC
601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA
52246

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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Job Announcement Number:

IC-13-776420-13-28-DCW

Control Number:

329965600