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Job Title:Social Worker - Inpatient Psychiatry

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:811514LH

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$56,172.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 21, 2012 to Monday, January 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Palo Alto, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 811514 

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

 

*** A COMPLETED VA FORM 10-2850c MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED - FAILURE TO DO SO MIGHT RESULT IN LOST CONSIDERATION.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Must Possess of a Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Must Possess of a Valid Current State Driver’s License.

DUTIES:

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NOTE:

1.    WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday: 8:00AM to 4:30PM

2.    Functional Statement Number: 000000

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

4.    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

5.    The General Pay Schedule for Year of 2012:

GS09 - $56,172 to $73,019 (include locality payment)

GS11 - $67,963 to $88,349 (include locality payment)

6.    Position Information:  

a.    GS-09 will be appointed as Full-Time Excepted Temporary Not-To-Exceed 3 years. 

b.    GS-11 will be appointed as Full-Time Excepted Permanent if selectee has obtained the licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level, otherwise, the selectee will be appointed as Full-Time Excepted Temporary Not-to-Exceed 3 years.

c.    The selectee can be converted to a Full-Time Excepted Permanent appointment after obtaining the licensure in a state at the independent practice level within 3 years of Temporary appointment.

7.    If selected at the GS-9 grade level, selectee may be promoted without further competition to the GS-11 level when fully qualified and recommended by the selecting official. However, promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

8.  This position does not grant the permission for telework.

 

Provide psychosocial services to the veteran population who are inpatient in a psychiatric unit at the VA Palo Alto Health Care. Services include provision of high quality psychosocial assessment, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers and/or agencies as needed by the patient. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary treatment team.  You evaluate and provide complex, multiple services to individuals and families with a variety of social, emotional and health related problems.   Services are timely, comprehensive, and effectively coordinated with services provided by other health professionals.

As a social worker at GS-9 level, you require a basic knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals.  This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.

As a social worker at GS-11 level, you have a working knowledge and experience in use of mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures.  This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common psychotropic medications and their effects/side effects, and simple medical terminology.  You can independently perform assessment for patients for psychosocial needs.  You will develop an assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others as part of the treatment plan.  You must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 

     a.  Citizenship.  Be a citizen of the United States. 

   b.  Education.  Have a master’s degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  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.  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.

   c.  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.  Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website. 

         (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.  In [states such as] California, [Washington, and others] where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master’s level within one year of meeting the full [state] prerequisites for licensure.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-9 IS THE ENTRY LEVEL 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-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. NOTE: Social workers with more than one year of post-MSW experience may be appointed at an advanced step within the GS-9 grade commensurate with their years of experience.

The candidates must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) below for GS-09 Level:

     1.   Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds.   Discuss any work done with specialized population (e.g. severely mentally ill, chemically dependent, elderly, veterans, women, families, etc.)

     2.   Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills.   

     3.   Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.   Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.

     4.   Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking.   Ability to learn and utilize new software programs.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. (A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic - medical or psychiatric, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in a collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.) Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master's Degree in Social Work.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-11 level, applicant may substitute a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.   

The candidates must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) below for GS-11 Level: 

    1.   Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

     2.   Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.

     3.   Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.   Discuss any work done with specialized populations (e.g. severely mentally ill, chemically dependent, elderly, veterans, women, families, etc.)

     4.   Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures.   This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

     5.   Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.   

     6.   Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.

     7.  Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking.  Ability to learn and utilize new software programs.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE(s).  PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 29, 2012 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.


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. Have a master’s degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  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.  Verification of the degree can be made by going to the http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-Programs.aspx to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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://www4.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 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.

  

Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:

http://www.opm.gov/Disability/ReasonableAccommodation.asp

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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 COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) 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/Login.aspx ) 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: 811514.  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 Monday, January 14, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) 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. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Link to OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 [Member-4 copy] (required) or proof of service.   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).
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).
  7. Resume Reminder - Your federal resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VAPAHCS USAS
Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: V21PALWORKFORTHEVA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
NO MAIL/EMAIL/IN-PERSON APPLICATIONS
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144

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:

811514LH

Control Number:

334137800