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Job Title:Social Worker (Behavioral Health in Primary Care)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13TW-71 824971

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

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$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Glens Falls, NY United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  824971 (Include # on all documents)

This postion is being advertised for one (1) vacancy in the area of Social Work at the CBOC in Glenns Falls, NY


NOTE:  ****Final salary determination will be made by a professional standards board recommendation, HR technical review and the Medical Center Director final approval.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment physical evaluation/ examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Possess an MSW (Masters of Social Work from Accredited Institution)
  • Please see "Requirements" section for other requirements


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The Behavioral Health in Primary Care (BHPC) Social Worker independently provides assessment including DSM IV-TR diagnoses, develops Behavioral Health/Mental Health treatment plans and offers brief psychotherapeutic services. The social worker collaborates with the Primary Care Provider in a coordinated approach to identify and address the Mental Health/Behavioral Health needs of Veterans' and caregivers. The goal of BHPC treatment is symptom reduction and return to baseline level of functioning through cognitive behavioral interventions. The Social Worker is expected to be proficient with initial assessment and diagnosis to determine and provide appropriate treatment, and referrals to specialty clinics for a higher level of treatment when required. The Social Worker is capable of practicing at the full performance level.

* List is not all inclusive.


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS for position of Social Worker within the VHA:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Masters degree in social work  (MSW) from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Full, active, current, and unrestricted licensure of certified at the Master's Level to independently practice social work in a state.
  • Physical Requirements:  All selected candidates will be required to pass a medical examination if they are selected for a position in which there are physical requirements.
  • English Language Proficiency:  Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL:   Requires a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.


In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    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 independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.  This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.

    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.  Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals.  This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

   6.  Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families.  Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification.  For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.

7.  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.  Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students.  Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.

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

9.  Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.



References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009.

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. ***

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·    Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

·    Applicants must possess a current unrestricted driver's license.

·    Applicants must pass physical examination.

·    Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·    New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

·    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

·    Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·    Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a probationary period.

·    38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


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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Priority Consideration:  Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90.0 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference, from the facility with the vacancy.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Reasonable Accommodation:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by case basis.

Physical Requirements: All selected candidates will be required to pass a medical examination if they are selected for a position in which there are physical requirements. This will be effective as of August 1, 2008.

Background investigation: Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required background investigation


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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, in addition to other required documents.   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:  824971.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.Failure to use this coversheet can impede the processing of your application by the closing date. Applications not received by the closing date, will not be considered.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by Tuesday, January 22, 2013. 


NOTE: Incomplete application will receive a rating of IFM (i.e. ineligible due to missing forms, signatures and dates). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, or fax transmissions.




ALL APPLICANTS must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume. - must include the following information for each job listed: Job title and duties (be as detailed as possible), month and year (start and end dates - i.e. June 2007 to April 2008), full-time or part-time (include hours worked per week) and education (location, degree earned and date awarded). - REQUIRED
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at Must be signed and dated within the last 30days - REQUIRED
  3. Occupational Questionnaire (Available at: )
  4. If currently employed by the VA or another federal agency, include latest SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action CAN BE LOCATED WITHIN ELECTRONIC - OFFICIAL PERSONNEL FOLDER - (E-OPF) . Personnel action must clearly illustrate type of appointment, grade level, effective date of grade, etc... - IF APPLICABLE
  5. If you are claiming Veterans Preference, please provide a copy of your DD Form 214. (must illustrate type of discharge) NOTE: If you are claiming 10 point Veterans Preference based on service connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, you must complete the SF-15 in addition to the required supporting documentation (available at )




Theresa I. Wilson
Phone: (518)626-6774
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY


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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