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Job Title:Social Worker

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-13-122-JLM-EC833241

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


3 vacancies in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 833241 (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.

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.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 

NOTE: The full performance level of this position 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.  Unlicensed Social Workers will be placed on a temporary appointment pending receipt of a qualifying state license to practice social Work.

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

The Social Worker practices as part of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) which delivers primary care to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion and which has as its focus: prevention; health promotion, coordination and chronic disease management. The GS-09 entry level Social Worker has less than one year of post-MSW experience and is not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level.  The Social Worker must be working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.   The GS-11 Social Worker functions at the full performance level which requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. The incumbent will adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.


  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Background and/or security investigation required.
  • Designated and or Random Drug Testing required.


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The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans and their families/significant others. Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems that cause distress, often impacting the health condition and creating barriers to care. The incumbent must complete thorough assessments to determine the underlying causes of the presenting problem, the interpersonal and environmental factors impacting the problem, and its affect on the patient’s ability and desire to comply with the treatment recommendations by the multidisciplinary team. The social worker will help the patient and family to understand the contributing factors to the problem(s), will discuss with them the pros and cons of possible short-term and long-term solutions, encouraging them to make positive and lasting changes to reduce stressors. The social worker will coordinate with VA staff and community agencies to assist in problem solving as needed. Case management with members of the outpatient interdisciplinary team is provided in order to coordinate a collaborative effort to meet the agreed upon goals for a Veteran’s treatment needs and include liaison with community professionals regarding needed services for Veterans and/or their families. Services include but are not limited to interventions to increase access to care, including transportation assistance and advanced directives, economic assistance, including assistance with medical bills, financial aid services and strategies to increase income (employment, vocational rehabilitation, VA benefits, disability), and/or reduce expenses, find the appropriate housing for the patient’s level of need (affordable independent housing, homeless shelters, group and family care homes, Veterans Homes, assisted living, nursing homes, respite care, hospice care) and order necessary services to assist with functional decline.

Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday 08:00 A.M. - 04:30 P.M. There is a potential for evening, night and weekend hours.


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Citizenship.  Citizenship of the United States. 


Education:  Have a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from a School of Social Work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master’s degree in social work in order to meet the basic requirement. 


Licensure:  Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the Veterans Health Administration must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice at the master’s degree level.  However, VA Social Workers who are not licensed at the time of appointment must be licensed or certified at the Master’s level within three years of their appointment as a Social Worker.


English Language Proficiency:  Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, part II.


Physical Requirements:  This position requires a pre-employment physical.


DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

References : VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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. ***

Veterans Preference:  Veterans must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy, which shows the characterization of service), and if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later.  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 Veterans 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 (showing the characterization of service) or other proof of service to receive consideration for veterans preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Schedule A:  Schedule A applicants must submit a letter from a licensed medical professional or other entity. Along with resume, submit proof of your disability and job certification documentation to the agency. A Sample Schedule A Certification Letter can be downloaded for your provider's use.


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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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


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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.


Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


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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. 

YOU MUST INCLUDE 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 ( 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. 


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

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

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed. Uploaded Documents move from Received-Pending Virus Scan to Processed within 1 hour.

If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print OPM Form 1203-FX, Occupational Questionnaire 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.

Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

If you have completed the questionnaire online and need to fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: TAG: 833241.  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.

Faxed Documents may take 2-3 days to appear as Processed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.


The following documents are required (use this as your checklist when applying):


1. CV or Résumé, which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address.  For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer's name and complete address, supervisor's name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which you are applying.  


2. VA Form 102850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations.


3. Responses to the questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire. 


4. Copy of transcript(s) that lists the degree(s) earned and date conferred, showing you possess the required degree for this position.  Transcripts will not be accepted via mail or email from applicants or schools; transcripts must be uploaded or faxed in accordance with How to Apply Instructions.


5.  If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member 4, which shows the characterization of service), and, if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later.


6. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of their most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing tenure and competitive status (block 24 and 34). 


Eric Winters
Phone: (303)399-8020
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Colorado HCS Denver
Department of Veterans Affairs
820 Clermont Street
Suite 130
Denver, CO


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 by email when a decision is made.

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