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Job Title:Social Worker - Mental Health

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:JL-13-856138

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 15, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013




Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
East Orange, NJ United StatesView Map
Lyons, NJ United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 856138

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 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.

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
  • Valid driver's license and safe driving record for some specialities


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This announcement is for multiple appointment types and schedules.

  • This includes multiple permanant full time positions in various areas in Mental Health.
  • This includes one not-to-exceed four year (Term) appointment in the HUD-VASH program.
  • This includes one not-to-exceed one year (Term) appointment in the Telemental Health program.
  • This also includes one not-to-exceed one year, half time (0.5 FTE) position in the Telemental Health program.
  • Future vacancies using this announcement may be used for other non-permanant positions and/or less than full time positions. 
  • If you are considered for a position, please let the interviewers know which appointment types you are willing to accept.
This announcement is for vacancies within a variety of programs located in the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences (MH&BS) Service.

  • Selectees may be placed in one or more of these programs.
  • Some of the specialty areas will require a driver's license and the ability to drive with Veterans. If you are considered for a position, please let the interviewers know if you are not willing to accept a position that requires driving.

The HUD-VASH Program is within Homeless Services located in the Mental Health & Behavioral Science (MH&BS) service line at the Lyons Campus. The Homeless Veterans Program consists of the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV), Compensated Work Therapy (CWT), Incentive Therapy Program (ITP), Supported Housing (SH), Transitional Residence (TR), Homeless Chronically Mentally 111 (HCMI), Education Therapy, Manual Arts therapy and Vocational Counseling. The primary function of the HUD-VASH Social Worker is to collaborate with the veteran, the veteran's family members/significant others and the interdisciplinary treatment team to ensure the veteran is ready for discharge and re-integration into the community.

The (SUD) Specialist supports the HUD-VASH Program by providing continuity of care between Homeless Programs through services to Veterans with SUDs as they transition from programs such as Domiciliary or Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (RRTPs), Health Care for Homeless Veterans, Contracted Housing, and Grant Per Diem Programs to HUD-VASH. Some Veterans are frequently homeless due to their SUD activities, so providing SUD treatment support and early intervention promotes recovery, improved quality of life and successful permanent housing. These Veterans are frequently also diagnosed with co-occurring mental health, physical health and social problems that require particular skill in early intervention and crisis management.

The Telemental Health Program (TMH) is located in the Dual Diagnosis Development Patient Based Program in the Mental Health & Behavioral Science (MH&BS) service line. The goal of the Telemental Health program is to provide integrated, recovery-oriented mental health services into Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS) that do not have existing psychotherapy/counseling services available. Additionally services are now being offered via clinical video technology to reach veterans in their homes.

The Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) and the Substance Abuse Outpatient Program are in the Mental Health & Behavioral Science (MH&BS) service line. The primary goal of the Substance Abuse Patient Based Program is to provide state of the art substance abuse and recovery-oriented treatment/services to veterans diagnosed with alcohol and/or substance abuse or dependence.  The primary function of the social worker is to provide on-going monitoring and case management services to veterans accepted and waiting for admission into the SARRTP, Substance Abuse Outpatient Program, or other designated programs.  This service provision is accomplished in consultation to and collaboration with the veteran, the veteran's family members/significant others and members of the mental health interdisciplinary treatment team.  

This vacancy announcement may also be used to fill additional vacancies in other speciality areas of Mental Health, including but not limted to Inpatient Psychiatry, the Mental Health Clinic, Time Limited Case Management / Mentally Ill Chemically Addicted program, The Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program, and the Center of Recovery Empowerment Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program.

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


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  • U.S. citizenship
  • 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.
  • Licensure or certification by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.
  • You must have a current, valid, unrestricted driver's license and safe driving record to qualify for some specialities in this vacancy announcement.


GS-9 IS THE ENTRY LEVEL 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.  NOTE: Social workers with more than one year of post-MSW experience may be appointed at an advanced step within the GS-9 grade commensurate with their years of experience.

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: 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

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7 and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

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.

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


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


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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 ( 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 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203-FX 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: 856138.  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, April 05, 2013.

VA New Jersey Health Care System Employees Only:
If you cannot submit your application using one of the options listed above, you may personally submit by hand your application package to:
VA New Jersey Health Care System
Human Resources (05LY)
151 Knollcroft Road, Building 1, 3rd Floor
Lyons, NJ 07939
Phone: 908-647-0180 ext. 5040


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Occupational Questionnaire
  3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

PLEASE NOTE: VA New Jersey Health Care System employees need only submit items 1 and 2.


Maria Tola
Phone: (908)647-0180x5044
Agency Information:
VHA New Jersey HCS
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ


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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