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Job Title:  Supervisory Social Worker/Homeless Programs Coordinator
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA621-796229-38-12-148

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 to Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Johnson City, TN United StatesView Map
United States Citizens. First area of consideration will be given to James H. Quillen VAMC permanent employees.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 796229 


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.

Welcome to the Crossroads of the eastern United States – Johnson City!  Forbes Magazine Ranks Johnson City 14th in their latest rankings of best places to live.  For almost two centuries, Johnson City has been the center for tourism and business in Northeast Tennessee. Originally little more than a train depot, Johnson City is now a metropolitan melting pot with invigorating music, enchanting culture, and exhilarating mountain adventure.  Family fun abounds in Johnson City and the surrounding areas. Local festivals include the Blue Plum Festival , Fun Fest , the Apple Festival and the Rhythm & Roots Reunion . Enjoy outdoor adventure at Boone Lake, Watauga Lake, and nearby Roan Mountain State Park. Other family-friendly activities include hiking and biking trails and some of the best trophy trout fishing in the country. Johnson City flourishes with tradition, heritage, and hospitality. Its natural beauty and fresh mountain air make Johnson City the perfect location to live and work. You'll awaken your Pioneer Spirit when you visit our historical areas and living history sites— like Tipton-Haynes, Rocky Mount and Sycamore Shoals. And just a stone's throw away, you'll find world-renowned attractions like Bristol Motor Speedway, Bays Mountain and Barter Theatre.  Also, Johnson City enjoys affordable cost of living, low tax rates and no state income tax yet we offer outstanding schools, parks, playgrounds and sports facilities that make life enjoyable.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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

FACT:  Ninety percent of applicants fail to submit additional documentation with resume' or application and are found ineligible (see ‘HOW TO APPLY' section of this announcement); therefore, it is imperative that you read the complete announcement.   Failure to do so MAY result in LOSS OF FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level. 



  • 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 incumbent serves as the Homeless Programs Coordinator and clinical supervisor in Mental Health Service.  The incumbent is responsible for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) continuum of care programs provided by this facility, a major specialty treatment program.  The Homeless programs champion the Department of Veterans Affairs decisive initiative to end homelessness among our nation's Veterans.  To achieve this goal, the VA has developed the Five Year Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans Initiative that will assist every eligible homeless and at risk for homeless Veteran.  The management of the Homeless programs includes significant financial management responsibilities.  The Homeless programs help Veterans acquire safe housing; needed treatment services; opportunities to return to employment; and benefits assistance.  Services are provided with the intent to end the cycle of homelessness by preventing Veterans and their families from entering homelessnness and by assisting those who are homeless to exit as safely and as quickly as possible with timely access to appropropriate programs and services.  The Homeless programs include Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH), Grant and Per Diem (G&PD), Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO), Health Care for Homeless Veteran (HCHV) Contract Liaison, Homeless Veterans Supportive Employment Program (HVSEP), and HCHV Homeless Outreach at Mountain Home.  The incumbent provides clinical admministion of the Homeless Programs and daily supervision of staff. 

Duties may change based on needs of ACOS for Mental Health.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 7:45a.m. - 4:30p.m. evening/weekend as required

Salary:  Grade and Salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board commensurate with education and experience.

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


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A.  Citizenship.   Citizen of the United States.

B.  Education.   Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from a school of social work fully  accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).   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 at

C.  Licensure.   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 at

(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.  

(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.

D.  Physical standards.   Must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.   See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

E.   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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:  Grades are determined by the scope of responsibility, the complexity of the social work services provided by supervisors, the composition of the staff supervised, (e.g. professional staff, multidisciplinary staff, tours of duty, geographical disbursement, etc.) and the amount of time spent in personnel management functions.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements experience must demonstrate the possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment.  At least 2 years should be in an area of specialized social work practice.  Must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which includes an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless grandfathered in by the state in which you are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level.  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.  


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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   All candidates must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.  Candidates must meet the physical requirements outlined in Section II and Section VI of the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions and must possess emotional and mental stability.   

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: 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.

In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities (KSAs).

  1. Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.
  2. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
  3. Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers.
  4. Ability to provide administrative supervision and clinical supervision, including supervision for social work licensure.


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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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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: 796229.  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 12, 2012.

Manual applications will be accepted from James H. Quillen VAMC employees.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume. Your resume should include a description of job duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, and average hours worked per week.  Descriptions of job duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience. 
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).  Current or former Federal employees must provide a copy of their most recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that indicates time in grade, proof of status (career or career conditional) and type of service. (Not an award SF-50)
  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Employment (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application by all current and non-current employees/applicants.


Jennifer Dickson
Phone: (423)926-1171x7187
Agency Information:
VHA Mountain Home VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
HR Management Service PO Box 4000
Mountain Home, TN


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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