U.S. Citizenship - Be a citizen of the United States
Physical Standards - Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required.
English Language Proficiency - Individuals 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)
Education - Possess a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
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 masters degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.
Exceptions - Applicants who otherwise meet the minimum requirements in the basic qualification standard except for licensure, certification or registration may be given a temporary appointment subject to obtaining State requirements. Those who fail to obtain State licensure, certification or registration after 3 years must be removed from the GS-185 Social Worker series, which may result in termination of employment. A statement citing this condition of employment must be signed by individuals appointed under these provisions. This exception only applies to up to the full performance level GS-11
GS-09: this is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-09 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.
GS-11: promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (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.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS: The grade of the position is dependent upon the applicants qualifications and will be determined by a Professional Standards Board
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005 http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc
APPOINTMENT INFORMATION: Applicants selected for this position may be appointed to a temporary appointment, not to exceed 13 months, pending completion of boarding process
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.