· 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 masters 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 masters 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, masters 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, masters 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 drivers license is required.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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 masters 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 http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.