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Job Title:Social Worker (PACT)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:IC-13-836943-13-133-AH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 08, 2013 to Thursday, February 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Waterloo, IA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 836943The Iowa City VA Health Care System  (ICVAHCS) is currently recruiting for a Social Worker (PACT- Patient Aligned Care Team) in our new Community Based Outpatient Clinic Waterloo, Waterloo, Iowa. The ICVAHCS is located within the Veterans Integrated Service Network 23 (VISN 23).

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
  • You will be subject to a review by a Professional Standards Board

DUTIES:

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Clinical Functions:  Incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to the Primary Care- Patient Aligned Care Team.

    PACT Screening/Assessment The incumbent will be assigned to the Waterloo Community Based Outpatient Clinic.  The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) is a comprehensive team which delivers primary care to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion an which has as its focus: prevention; health promotion, coordination and chronic disease management. The Social Worker in this Veteran-centric approach often functions as a care coordinator with a panel of veterans to ensure that health care meets the needs, as defined by the Veteran. Social Workers are uniquely prepared for this role by virtue of their education, training, and experience which prepares them to understand the person-in-situation and the influences that family and community have in impacting the health-care needs of Veterans. The social worker must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must be able to utilize this assessment in facilitating the Veteran’s maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practicable. The social worker 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. These stressors can include adjustment to the current medical condition, untreated or under-treated mental health or substance abuse condition, economic instability, legal problems, and inadequate housing and transportation. Referrals typically originate from any member of the interdisciplinary team, from Veterans and/or their families who call or walk-in for assistance, and from community professionals. 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. This assessment will include identification of appropriate Level of Care and corresponding amount of case management the veteran needs (Level 1 through Level 4)

Description of PACT Interventions/Case Management

This social work model describes the process for assessment, treatment, and interventions. The patient is assessed in six (6) domains: access to care, economics, housing, psychological status, social support, and functional status. A level of acuity is assigned for each domain. Level 1 represents patients whose basic needs are met, Level 2 represents patients that have minor concerns in one or more of the domains, Level 3 represents patients that have major concerns in one or more of the domains and Level 4 represents patients who are in crisis in one or more domains (i.e. have no income, no social support or are homeless). For each level, possible interventions are listed. The goal of the intervention(s) is to lessen acuity and move patients toward level 1.

Preferred Requirement:  licensure required, LCSW or LISW preferred

Relocation/Recruitment incentive has not been approved for this position

Work Schedule:  Full-Time, 40 hours per week Monday through Friday.

Extended hours beyond normal operating hours may be necessary.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   To qualify for appointment as a social worker, applicants must meet the basic requirements for employment which include:

 

        ·         U.S. Citizenship - Be a citizen of the United States

·         Physical Standards - Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required.

·         English Language Proficiency - Individuals appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d)

·         Education - Possess a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

·         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. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.

Loss of Licensure or Certification.  Social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment.   Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.

     

·         PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work of this position is primarily sedentary.   Physical demands do not exceed those of a typical office setting.   There may be some walking, standing, twisting, turning, sitting, pushing, bending, repetitive keyboarding or carrying of light items. Please also see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 

·         English Language Proficiency.   Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005.

·         One year of post-masters degree social work experience in a clinical setting.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL:   Requires a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree professional 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.

 

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.  You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.

 

 


NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.

WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 20012.

 

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities  (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp).   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
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OTHER INFORMATION:

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.



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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 21, 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS 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/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
  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. 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 836943.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

  1. Occupational Questionnaire 
  2. CV or Resume 
  3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations -  Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf   (optional)
  4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration 
  5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
  6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf.
  7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
  8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angelika Harper
Phone: (319)338-0581x6730
Email: ANGELIKA.HARPER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Iowa City VAMC
601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA
52246

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Thursday, February 21, 2013.

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Job Announcement Number:

IC-13-836943-13-133-AH

Control Number:

337072200