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Job Title:Social Worker - Susanville CBOC

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VASNHCS-JD-MP-13-836349-143

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Susanville, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  836349

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

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.

Special Employment Consideration:   VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Salary Determination:   Salary is dependent upon qualifications and will be determined by a Professional Standards Board.

Appointment Information:   An applicant selected for this position may be placed into a temporary appointment, not to exceed one year and one day, pending completion of the boarding process.

The incumbent provides social work and mental health services to the veteran population at the Honey Lake Valley VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Susanville, CA. This includes high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the client.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English language proficiency required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS - Incomplete applications will be rated INELIGIBLE


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The incumbent provides social work and mental health services to the veteran population at the Honey Lake Valley VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Susanville, CA. This includes high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the client. The social worker develops veteran assessments in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others. The incumbent demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. The incumbent must have an understanding of the problems of advancing age and respect for diversification of the aging veteran population. The social worker is responsible for developing the treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals with the veteran/family. Throughout the course of treatment, the social worker is the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources.

Preferred Requirement:   LCSW

Relocation/Recruitment incentive has not been approved for this position

Work Schedule:  Full-Time, 40 hours per week

This position is covered by the bargaining unit


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:

Citizenship:  Be a citizen of the United States

Education:  Have a 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.

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.
(1) Exception:  VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.

a) For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA 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 three (3) years of their appointment as a social worker.

Physical Requirements:  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

English Language Proficiency:  Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English


In addition to meeting basic requirements, this grade level requires completion of a minimum of one (1) 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 one (1) year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.


GS-11:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09


References:  VA Handbook 5005

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:  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


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.


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For additional assistance with the online application process, please view the video at the following link:

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 ( 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:  836349. 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 Friday, February 22, 2013


Please refer to the complete "How to Apply" section in the job announcement to ensure you submit all Required Documents. INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.

You must provide a complete application package. The following documents are required:

1. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations - written signature in blue or black ink required on pages 3 and 4 - must be dated within the last year - Available at

2. CV/Resume - Cannot be used in lieu of the required VA Form 10-2850c

3. Occupational Questionnaire:  View Occupational Questionnaire

4. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - written signature in blue or black ink required on line 17a - must be dated within the last year - Available at

5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214(s). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also provide supporting documentation and submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference - SF-15 - Available at

6. If currently or formerly employed in the Federal system, include latest Notification of Personnel Action - SF-50

Applicants CANNOT be contacted for any required documents listed above. Applicants who submit INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES will receive a rating of INELIGIBLE. 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, erroneous fax transmissions, etc.

Federal forms can be accessed on websites

The following documents are not required in the application package; however, if you are selected, they will be requested – you may also include them with your initial application package:

1. References - Please include at least three (3) names, addresses, and phone numbers for references with your application package - If selected three positive references are required

2. Performance Evaluations - Two most recent performance evaluations (if available)

3. Unofficial Transcripts - Official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position


Phone: (775)829-5630
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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