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Job Title:Social Worker (Homeless Outreach)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HYB-808728DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$67,963.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 808728 

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.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The Outreach Social Worker, located at the Downtown Clinic of the San Francisco VA Medical Center, (SFVAMC) independently coordinates the outreach efforts of staff in the Comprehensive Homeless Center of the Downtown Clinic, as well as those located in the other CBOCs of the San Francisco VA Medical Center System as related to homelessness.   The mission of the position is to reach out to homeless Veterans wherever they are – in shelters, soup kitchens, on the streets, in parks, and in rural areas – so they can be offered VA services, including housing resources.  The incumbent and the staff he/she organizes identify and engage Veterans who are homeless or marginally housed and who underutilize VA services.  The incumbent may also participate in outreach activities that are not related to homeless Veterans but to Veterans in general to provide them with information related to services and benefits available at SFVAMC.  The incumbent and staff provide Veterans with a range of social work services, including assessment and referrals, clinical treatment, short-term case management, advocacy and service coordination, and linkage with VA and community services. This is accomplished in concert with the various members of the interdisciplinary teams (mental health, primary care, social work, and others) of the Downtown Clinic and other CBOCs. 


A relocation or recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.


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a. Citizenship- Must be a citizen of the United States.


b. Education- Applicants must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.   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 your social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work). You must submit copy of transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  Selected applicant must provide official transcripts.    


c. LICENSURE- Applicants must be licensed by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.  At the 11 grade level – this may be waived for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. 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.  In California, where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master’s level within one year of meeting full California prerequisites for licensure.  


NOTE: This position involves driving to sites in the community and a valid driver’s license is required.


GS-11:  Requires a minimum of 1 year post-MSW degree experience in the field of health social work or have a doctoral degree in social work.  This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a master’s degree in social work.  Experience gained would be one that reflected applicant possesses knowledge of community resources; can independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patient and their family members; independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide treatment; knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental  health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures; knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment; independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups. EXPERIENCE WITH HOMELESS POPULATION IS PREFERRED.


References: VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office 


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:  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.


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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 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: 808728.  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, January 02, 2013.


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 (required).
  3. Copy of Transcripts.  (Transcripts should show date MSW conferred)
  4. Occupational Questionnaire
  5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  6. 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  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Phone: (415)221-4810x4819
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA San Francisco VAMC
Thank You, CA
94121 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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