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Job Title:Senior Social Worker (OSAC)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:WC-13-AIC-824038-MH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,805.00 to $94,645.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, January 11, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open only to employees of the Miami VA Healthcare System

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   824038 (Please include on all documents)

Our mission:  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.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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/.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You must be a Miami VA Employee to apply for this job

DUTIES:

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PHYSICAL LOCATION:  Work Site physical locations at both OSAC (1492 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL) and at Miami VA Medical Center (1201 NW 16 St., Miami, FL)

 

NOTE:  Appointment, grade and salary of hybrid Title 38 positions are subject to the recommendation of the Professional Standards Board and approval by the Medical Center Director.

 

DUTIES:  This Senior Social Worker is a Substance Abuse Specialist (SAS) for the Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinic (OSAC) Program at an off-site, community based treatment facility and at the VA Medical Center under the supervision of the Medical Director, OSAC and the Director of the Residential Program, who provides services to veterans and their families related to the psychosocial implications of substance abuse and psychiatric impairment of veterans. He/she works independently, coordinates care for veterans with the interdisciplinary team, and employs a complete range of advanced Social Work methods to include individual, marital, family, and group therapy in providing services to veterans with addictive disorders, their dependents, and their beneficiaries without regard to the complexity of a given problem nor the need for prior or subsequent review. 

 As part of an interdisciplinary treatment team, the incumbent is assigned to work with special patient populations with highly complex health or mental health problems, such as those encountered in the outpatient substance abuse clinic. The senior social worker provides psychosocial interventions and concrete services to the population served in the substance abuse program. This individual works closely with community agencies, VA staff and the interdisciplinary team in providing substance abuse care and needed psychiatric services to the veterans served at OSAC and the Residential Program.  He/she typically provides prescribed patient care in a clinical setting, but may be tasked to identify veterans in the community who are eligible for VA treatment, develop treatment resources and provide case management services. Outreach activities are based on a theoretical and practical understanding of complex factors such as the homeless veteran’s biopsychosocial diagnosis, degree of deprivation, motivation, level of resistance, and the social and political issues which influence the provision of care.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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REQUIREMENTS:

A. Education:   Successful completion 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.

 

B.  Licensure:  Must possess a license or certification from a State at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination.  (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF LICENSE)

 

C.   Specialized Experience:   Two (2) years of post-master's experience in area of specialized social work practice, one (1)  of the 2 years being equivalent to at least the GS-11 in federal service is required.

  

 

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


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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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 résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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, 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:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See Required Documents highlighted in pink below)which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 25, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application, 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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 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 824038.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.  Current Résumé

2.  Responses to the questionnaire. 

3. Copy of license or certification from a State at the advance practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clnical examination.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Miami VA HR Help Desk
Phone: (305)575-7000x3155
Email: VHAMIAHRHELPDESK@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Miami HCS
Human Resources Management Service
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL
33125

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. 

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Job Announcement Number:

WC-13-AIC-824038-MH

Control Number:

335538900