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Job Title:  Social Worker
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HYB-876363SB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$56,172.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 03, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 13 months
1 vacancy in the following location:
San Francisco, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 876363

OUR MISSION: 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.  


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 and leadership positions 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


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.


Note: This position may be extended beyond 13 months if there is additional funding.


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


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


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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The Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Social Worker assigned to the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) program of the San Francisco VA Medical Center identifies and engages veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and involved in the criminal justice system.  This position provides veterans with a range of social work services, including assessment and referrals, clinical treatment, short-term case management, advocacy service coordination, and linkage with VA and community services.  This is accomplished in concert with other members of the Downtown Outpatient Clinic and Medical Center interdisciplinary teams.

Major Duties:

·         Works closely with our Veterans Justice Court--- including meeting with the treatment team, participating in the court process and preparing reports for court

·         Involved with the Justice Clinic at the DTC. This includes reminding veterans of upcoming appointments, scheduling appointments, conducting assessments, developing treatment plans and making referrals as needed.

·         Provides short and long term case management to veterans involved with the Veterans Justice Court

·        Provides outreach to veterans in county jails in the SFVAMC catchment area for purpose of enrolling in VA Health Care, conducting assessments and linking veteran to VA services.


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·         U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.   

·         Education. Applicants must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.   A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master’s degree in social work.  (Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if your social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  Selected applicant must provide official transcripts.  

·         Licensure. Applicants must be licensed by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.  At the GS-9 and 11 grade levels – this may be waived for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. 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 California, where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master’s level within one year of meeting full California prerequisites for licensure.     


Preferred Experience: Experience working with the homeless population is preferred.  Candidate will have experience and/or knowledge of the San Francisco justice system.


NOTE: This position involves driving to sites in the community and a valid driver’s license is required.  





GS-9:  None beyond basic requirements. 


GS-11:  Requires a minimum of 1 year post-MSW degree experience in the field of health social work or have a doctoral degree in social work.  This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a master’s degree in social work.  Experience gained would be one that reflected applicant possesses knowledge of community resources; can independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patient and their family members; independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide treatment; knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental  health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures; knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment; independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups.


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

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.

Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (under 15 lbs); Light Carrying (under 15 lbs); Operation of motor vehicle; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other eye; Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; and Hearing (aid permitted)

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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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

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.  


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

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


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 24, 2013Friday, May 24, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations)
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 876363.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 24, 2013Friday, May 24, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Phone: (415)221-4810x4819
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA San Francisco VAMC
Thank You, CA
94121 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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