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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-526-12-847170

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$53,500.00 to $84,146.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 08, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Bronx County, NY United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 847170 

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.


  • 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


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This position is as a Social Worker  within the Family Service program  that is situated in the outpatient Mental Health PCC at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center.   The social worker is an advanced practitioner providing direct services to patients and their families.   The incumbent established and maintains effective professional relationships in order to provide appropriate services to veterans and/or families experiencing medical  psychiatric and social problems.   The incumbent develops a realistic, goal directed, comprehensive assessment and plan of action in consultation, and through collateral contacts.   The Social Worker will develop a psychosocial assessment of the veteran and family in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran and family members/significant others.  The Social Worker will provide the veterans and their family members/significant others with ongoing professional mental health services.  Treatment modalaties may include psychoeducation, conflict resolution, communication skills, problem solving technqiues, parenting training, and crisis intervention.  The Social Worker will also attend outreach events as needed to promote/education miliary service members of the family services program.  Family Therapy experience is highly preferred.


Work Schedule: Monday- Saturday, may require evenings 


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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Masters degree in Social Worker (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social work Education (CSWE)
  • Appointment to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year 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.
  • 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.  (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 (GS-11).  For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.
  • Physical Requirements (see VA Directirve and handbook 5019)
  • English Language Proficiency



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


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.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL:   Requires 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.)    Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master's Degree in Social Work.  


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.




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 ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only 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


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 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 one or two year 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.


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


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.  May be converted to a permanent position noncompetitively.  Salary, Grade and step will be determined by the Social Worker Professional Standards Board. 

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



INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). 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, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


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Step 1: Starting the Online Application Process 

Apply Online-  At the floating window on the right of the announcement, click Apply Online.

Do not apply using someone else’s account. This may lead to incorrect information being submitted with your application.

A.  If you have an existing USAJOBS account

Click Log In, enter username and password.
  •    Skip to STEP 2: Select Resume and Any Supporting Information


If you have forgotten your username and password click Forgot Password and follow instructions (Note: you will have to return to the vacancy announcement and click Apply Online to restart the application process).


OR if you do not have an account, please create an account using the instructions below.

B: Create USAJOBS Account

  • Click Create an Account link in the top right-hand corner.
  • This will open the Create New Account page:
  • Complete all required information
  • Document your User Name and Password for future reference
  • Click I Agree. Create My Account. after completing your information:


You will be prompted to edit your username if it is not unique.  Your password must contain a special character, a number, and be at least 8 characters in length.  



At the welcome page for your account, select Build New Résumé to create a résumé or, if you already have one, you can upload your existing résumé by clicking on Upload Résumé.   If you upload your résumé, make sure it contains all the information needed to be considered, such as: Dates position was held (month and year).  If you need to create an resume please follow the instructions below.

To Create Résumé :

  • Click Build New Résumé
  • This opens the Getting Started section of Résumé Builder:
  • Complete the required information for the Experience and Related Information sections.
  • Click NEXT after completing each section
  • This will open the Finishing Up section of Résumé Builder
  • Click Activate ResumeThis will open the Résumés section of My USAJOBS where you will see your résumé listed.


STEP 3: Upload Any Supporting Documents as indicated in the vacancy annoucement.

  • Return to the main page and click on Saved Documents:
  • Upload all required documents individually
  • For each, select the document type it most closely fits: resume, transcript, veterans documentation, qualifications, or miscellaneous.
  • Click Browse
  • Choose the document to upload from your computer:
  • Click on Upload to transfer the document to your account.

You have successfully created an account in USAJOBS and are ready to start the application process.


STEP 4:  Return to the Vacancy Announcement

  • Click the Browse Jobs link in the upper right-hand corner of the My Account page.
  • This will take you to the Basic Search page:
  • In the Keyword Search field (see arrow), type the VHA-526-12-847170
  • Now that you have an account, you can click Save (see circle) to save a link to the announcement in your account. Then just click on the saved link in My Account to return to the announcement.
  • Repeat step: 1A: Apply Online
  • Select Résumé and Any Supporting Documents
  • Click on the title of the résumé you created
  • This will highlight the title in blue
  • Click on any additional documents required/wish to include in your application
  • Click the box by the certification statement to agree with the statement, then click the Apply for this position now button:


Return to this page at any time by repeating STEP 4

: Return to the Vacancy Announcement 

Clicking on Apply for this position now will take you to USA Staffing® Application Manager: via a page where you click Take me there now:  At the next window click the Proceed with my Application button.


STEP 5: Completing Your Application in Application Manager


A. If you do not have an account in Application Manager, please Create an Account in Application Manager

  • Click the Proceed with my application button to open the Log In page of Application Manager
  • Ensure that all the information in this section is complete and accurate
  • Select Create an Account
  • Enter your email address. This is to verify that you do not have an existing account.
  • If no account is found, click I’m done checking for accounts:
  • Select the correct email address. If the address you want to use is not listed (for example, you made a typing  error), return to the login page and start over by clicking Create Account. Then repeat the steps above.
  • Click Create account with this address
  • Make up a user name for your account. This is the name you will use to access your account in the future. This must between 6 and 8 characters in length
  • Enter this user name and then click Create user name.
  • Document your User Name and Password for future reference!
  • You will be prompted to edit your user name if it is not unique
  • Complete the requested information (password and answer to secret question).
  • Click Proceed to Application Manager
  • B.  If you have previously created an account in Application Manager:

    • You will be routed to the Biographic Information section of the Assessment
    • Skip to STEP 6: Complete the Assessment 

    To apply, you must complete the Assessment in Application Manager. This will ask you for your biographic information and information about your training and experience. 


    STEP 6: Complete the Assessment

    • This will open the Biographic Information section of the Assessment:
    • The Navigation Bar in the upper left corner indicates what section of the Assessment you are in and how many are left to complete. 
    • C
    • omplete all required information
    • Click Next
    • Repeat for each section of the Assessment


    STEP 7: Re-using and Uploading Documents in Application Manager

    • Click on Re-Use Documents to open the Re-use Documents section of the application process:
    • This displays the resume submitted through USAJOBS and any supporting documents you chose in STEP 2 & 3: Select Resume and Any Supporting Documents .  These documents will be forwarded automatically when you click the Submit button in Application Manager.
    • Any documents previously submitted through Application Manager will be listed under Documents Available for Re-use
    • Select any documents to submit by checking the box next to them, if you want to add any of these documents to your application package.

    The Documents in Application Package will include the resume you created in USAJOBS. Any documents previously submitted to vacancy announcements through Application Manager will be listed under Documents Available for Re-use

    • Select Next
    • This will open the Upload Documents section of the online application process:
    • Documents may be uploaded as described in STEP 2 & 3: Select Resume and Any Supporting Documents.  You do not have to upload documents in Application Manager if you have already uploaded the documents in your account in USAJOBS.
    • Click Next

    Refer to the Required Documents and Applicant Checklist in the vacancy announcement for a complete list of required documents.  Failure to submit all applicable required documents may result in you not being considered for employment.


    STEP 8: Submit Application

    • Click Submit My Answers: You must click Submit My Answers to apply!

    Failure to submit your answers will result in you not being considered for employment. If you receive a warning that a section of the assessment is incomplete, return to that section using the Navigation Bar on the left and complete all required information. A confirmation of Submission message will appear: Click View/Print My Answers on the Navigation Bar to see your answers.  Click the Main button to view the Status of your Application Package: Click Logout to exit Application Manager.  You have successfully applied to this position!



    Alternative to Applying Online: Faxing Applications


    Applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY ONLINE whenever possible;

    Faxed applications may take 2-3 business days to process.

    • Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed
    • Applications may be faxed to 1-478-757-3144 NLT Friday, March 29, 2013
    • You must complete your application using the OPM Form 1203-FX
    • This should go on top of your faxed documents
    • Include your resume and any supporting documents
    • Supporting documents may be faxed as an alternative to uploading
    • If an application has been completed online do not complete the 1203-FX
    • Use the required cover sheet for supporting documents
    • DO NOT fax documents that have already been submitted online
    • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload with your online application:

    1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 847170.  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, March 29, 2013.


     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 (required).   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. 
    3. Occupational Questionnaire (required)View Occupational Questionnaire
    4. Copy of transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable)
    5. Copy of Licensure (required)
    6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at 
    7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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  
    8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

    Please remember to upload all these documents to your application for consideration.



    Upload all other required forms and documents.  These forms can also be saved in your USA Jobs 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.


    Shiroshell Dingle
    Phone: (718)584-9000x6572
    Fax: (718)741-4598
    Agency Information:
    VHA Bronx VAMC
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    James J Peters VA Medical Center Bronx
    130 West Kingsbridge Road
    Bronx, NY
    10468 Fax: (718)741-4598



    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.


    If you wish to check the Status of Application Packages, please Sign-in to your account at USAJOBS:

    • Go to
    • Sign-in using the user name and password you created when creating your USAJOBS Account
    • Click on Application Status to see the status of all Application Packages
    • For detailed information regarding your application, click on "more information." This will take you to Application Manager for more detailed information about your application.
    • At Application Manager, you can click the Details tab to view additional information on Assessments, Documents, Messages, and Application Package History.


    Complete and up-to-date information on the status of your application packages can be found 24 hours a day in you’re My Account and Application Manager accounts.  and

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