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Job Title:Supervisor Social Worker

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:WC-13-DT-782718

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,805.00 to $94,645.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to Wednesday, December 05, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 782718 

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.

 

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Must be licensed at the independent practice level

DUTIES:

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Note 1: This position can be filled by either a Social Worker or Readjustment Counseling Therapist. If you wish to apply as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist you will need to apply under announcement number WC-13-DT-782705. Applicants will not be considered as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist under this announcement. Only individuals who meet the qualification standards for a Social Worker GS-12 will be referred under this recruitment announcement.

 

Note 2: This position is for the Ft. Lauderdale Vet Center located at 713 NE 3 Ave Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304.

 

Note 3: The incumbent must be able to work irregular hours, including evenings. Some of the work performed may be in socially and economically depressed areas.

 

Note 4: Appointment, grade and salary of hybrid Title 38 positions for the Vet Center's are subject to the recommendation of the Professional Standards Board and approval by the Readjustment Counseling Service Regional Manager.

  

The Vet Center team Leader is responsible for the overall clinical and administrative operation of the Vet Center. The Team Leader in coordination with the regional manager defines the mission and scope of practice of the Center according to policies of Readjustment Counseling Service and the needs of the local veteran community. The incumbent supervises the staff of the Vet Center and is responsible for evaluating their performance. The Team Leader develops networks and working relationships external to the Vet Center and the Department of Veteran Affairs with veteran service organizations, community based agencies and mental health organizations to enhance service delivery and develop referrals of veteran clients to appropriate care. The Team Leader develops priorities based upon the direction of the Regional Manager, and makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory members of the Regional Managers office. The incumbent serves as a consultant and subject matter expert to programs and resources external to the Vet Center on matters of readjustment needs of veterans.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

 

1. Citizenship: United States Citizenship

 

2.    English Language Proficiency: Social Workers appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

 

3.   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) CSWE website . 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. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

 

4.   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 as a GS-12.   Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website .  

 

5. Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting basic requirements, the applicant must have completed at least two (2) years of post licensed independent practice level experience in an area of specialized social work practice. This is experience could have been VA or non-VA experience.

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, dated February 13, 2009. U.S. OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual, Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-185: Social Work Series, dated August 1994. This standard is available for review or you may access this standard through the internet at the following address:   http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and http://vaww.appc1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-23.doc

 

Qualified candidates will be further evaluated to determine the degree to which they possess the KSA's listed below.   All candidates should provide sufficient information within their Resume/CV to assist in making this determination. This evaluation process may be utilized to determine the "best qualified" to be referred for consideration.    

 

1.   Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness.   Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.   Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

 

2.   Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations.   This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

 

3.   Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services.   Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs.   Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

 

4.   Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills.   Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.

 

5.   Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs.   Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

 

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL 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 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:

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 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 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/Account/Login) 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: 782718.  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 Wednesday, December 05, 2012.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. MSW transcripts from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  5. Copy of license by a state to independently practice social work at the advanced level.
  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  7. If prior military service, include all copies of your member 4 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Miami VA HR Help Desk
Phone: (305)575-7000x3155
Email: VHAMIAHRHELPDESK@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Miami HCS
Human Resources Management Service
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL
33125

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

WC-13-DT-782718

Control Number:

330694600