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Job Title:Social Worker (HUD-VASH)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:EC-HA-13-833350

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Joseph, MO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 833350 (Include # on all documents)

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/ .  

NOTE: Appointment is contingent upon applicant meeting qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board.  Salary range is commensurate upon qualifications and experience. 

This announcement is for GS-185-9,11 Social Worker ( HUD-VASH)

Salary Range $47,448.00 - $74,628.00

First area of consideration will be given to NFFE permanent employees, Leavenworth VAMC.  Second area of consideration will be given to additional EKHCS permanent employees.  Third AOC will be given to the public (U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals).

 

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. Schedule A applicants MUST provied supporting documentation and certification of job readiness.

Attention External Applicants: Please note that all required froms listed in the section on "How to Apply" must be completed and submitted. Also, please be sure to include the Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306) along with VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at http://www.vacareers.va.gov/job-search/applications.asp ).

If applicants are interviewed for the positioin, Performance Based Interview questions will be used. for additional information regarding performance based inteviews, please review the following website on the Internet: http://www.va.gov/pbi . In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.

 More than one vacancy may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

Travel and Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent functions as the Case Manager for Eastern Kansas Health Care System's HUD-VASH program.  The HUD-VASH Program, located at both Topeka and Leavenworth sites for EKHCS, falls within the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MRRTP) and Homeless Veterans Programs of EKHCS Behavioral Health Service Line. The incumbent is responsible for coordination of the case management services for veterans receiving housing provided through HUD Section 8 housing vouchers.  Seventy-five dollars in Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding will provide rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless veterans authorized by section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19).  The initiative is known as the HUD-VASH program and was authorized pursuant to Division K, Title II, of The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, (Public Law 110-161)("2008 Appropriation Act") enacted on December 26, 2007 (see proviso (7) under the heading "Tenant-Based Rental Assistance").  The HUD-VASH program combines HUD rental assistance for homeless persons with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community.  Ongoing VA case management, healthcare, and other supportive services will be made available to homeless veterans at EKHCS.  Social Workers at the GS-9 level are working towards completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification and provide psychosocial services under supervision of the Supervisory Social Worker.

   

Tour of Duty: Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM or 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM.                           

 

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

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

·         U.S. Citizenship.  

·         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). 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 (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS).

·         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 (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF current and valid LICENSE).

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-9 LEVEL:  GS-9 is the entry level grade 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. For the GS-9 level 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.

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

The following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) are for this position and must be addressed in your application/resume:

1.       Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio­economic, 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.

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. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to 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.

3.       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.

4.       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.

5.       Knowledge 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.

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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL:   In addition to the basic requirements, must have 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.) NOTE: Experience (one year of post-MSW experience in the field of health care in a medical setting) must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master's Degree in Social Work.  

 Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the Master's degree level (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF current and valid LICENSE).

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 (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT MUST BE SUBMITTED).

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

The following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) are for this position and must be addressed in your application/resume: 

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 : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office 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. 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 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 will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.  This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.  Travel and relocation expenses is not authorized. 

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.  



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 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: 833350.  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 TAG: Tuesday, February 19, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.vacareers.va.gov/jobs_download/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Copy of "Current and Valid Licensure" as determined by the state held that indicates validity/expiration dates (required).
  5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of612.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.  Upload separate from other documents.
  6. Copy of college Transcripts (copies are acceptable, the do NOT have to be originals) awarding a Masters in Social Work and date awarded. (required)
  7. Applicants applying under Schedule A must provide supporting documentation and certification of job readiness.
  8. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 including the character of discharge (required).   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).  
  9. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Dixie Jones
Phone: (913)682-2000x52506
Email: DIXIE.JONES99@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Kansas HCS
2200 Southwest Gage Boulevard
Topeka, KS
66622

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:

EC-HA-13-833350

Control Number:

336626100