GS-12: Senior Social Workers at this level have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed (LCSW) or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (Provisional not Accepted). Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.
Meets the qualification standard for the GS 12 Senior Social Worker as defined in VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration.
A masters degree in social work from a school fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education is required. VA Liaisons must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advance practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). VA Liaisons may have certification or other post masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Clinical and administrative experience is also required.
The incumbent is an experienced social worker, recognized to be an independent practitioner who can demonstrate the ability to manage and evaluate programs and policies. Knowledgeable about the principles and theories in Social Work Practice. Possesses professional judgment, including knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior, which is an inherent competency applied in daily interactions with service members and/or Veterans. Highly developed professional, clinical and advanced practice skills are routinely used in the transition service members and/or Veterans with complex problems, brought about by combat related psychiatric and medical disabilities.
The incumbent possesses detailed knowledge of mission, goals, objectives, organization, and programs of VHA health care service and delivery systems and an awareness of Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) benefits delivery systems. Comprehensive knowledge of management techniques and practices, especially related to patient care activities and how they relate to the complex and evolving health care environment.
Projects are of a specialized nature and therefore require a person with knowledge, experience and expertise in VA health care facility operations and clinical management. Requires comprehensive knowledge of VA and VHA policies, issues, clinical and political complexities essential to the management of a complex system-wide health care delivery system.
The incumbent must possess excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in order to transmit information regarding seamless transition services to professional and other staff both within and outside VA. The incumbent must be able to interact effectively with a wide variety of health care professionals and VBA professionals.
A VA Liaison has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. The VA Liaison has ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. The incumbent has comprehensive professional expertise in policy development, performance standards and strategic planning initiatives.
A high level of physical energy is required as the incumbent is expected to meet with many people in many different locations in the course of a work day. There may be some field travel involved with this position. Work is normally performed in an office environment with adequate lighting, heating, and ventilation.
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Education: Masters Degree in Social Work in Social Work and 2 years post graduation in specialized area of social work.
Education & Experience: Masters Degree in Social Work and should have at least 2 years (post Masters Degree) in an area of specialized social work practice and licensed or hold certification in a state at the advanced practice level.
Licensure: Social Worker must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level.
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
VETERANS PREFERENCE: Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.