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 masters 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 masters 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, masters 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, masters level within one year of meeting full California prerequisites for licensure.
NOTE: This position involves driving to sites in the community and a valid drivers 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 masters 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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE
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: 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. ***
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.