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Job Title:Senior Social Worker

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AH-13-MCS-877644

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

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$72,733.00 to $94,551.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to Tuesday, May 07, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




4 vacancies in the following location:
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 877644 (Include # on all documents)

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-12.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.  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.

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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CLC Hospice Senior Social Worker

Provides a variety of psychosocial assessments and services, end of life planning, short-term solution focused counseling and family services with individual Veterans and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems; and, instruct social work students, residents, interns and fellows. Incumbent provides consultation/education to staff and service providers, the collection and maintenance of data, and the supervision of students. The senior social worker is assigned the coordination and evaluation of Palliative Care Consults and referrals. The incumbent provides services at an advanced practice level to Veterans and their family members, to assure biological, psychological, social and environmental needs are addressed. Veterans treated come from a wide geographic area with healthcare and psychosocial needs that are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem-solving.  This position is responsible for the social work intern program; is the liaison between universities, students and VANTHCS.

Women’s Program Senior Social Worker

Responsible for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Provides regular outreach to community agencies and Universities to target the Women Veteran population to inform them about health care services available through the VA Healthcare System. The incumbent is involved in treatment/care planning, case management, crisis intervention, brief solution focused counseling, advocacy, psycho social education, and coordinating  linkages with appropriate VA and community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Interdisciplinary team as appropriate.

NOTE:  Women’s Senior Social Worker will have to be able to obtain a VA drivers license and travel in the community in a VA vehicle. This position requires frequent travel into the community and ability to get in and out of a car several times per day.

OEF/OIF/OND Combat Veterans Senior Social Worker

Senior Social worker provides case management services; must have a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems. Case management services are provided across all levels and sites of care with a focus on assisting Veterans and their families maximize rehabilitation and treatment potential and achieve satisfying and productive emotional and social functioning. Requires excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills to work with a multidisciplinary team and coordinate services across all systems of care. Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) veterans experience highly complex health or mental health problems. Position may require occasional after hours assignments to attend outreach events or travel into the community to visit Veterans.

NOTE: OEF/OIF/OND Senior Social Worker may have to travel to community events or see Veterans in the community. Must be able to obtain a government license.

Spinal Cord Injury Home Care Senior Social Worker

Services provided include but not limited to psychosocial assessments, pre-discharge planning, short-term, solution focused counseling with individuals and families who may be in crisis, education and referral for resources and benefits, completes clinical reminders, mental health screenings, suicide risk screening and post-intervention follow-up. The SCI patient population has highly complex health or mental health issues that impact all areas of their life and require advance clinical skills to address their psychosocial issues. Responsibilities will also include consultation/education of staff and service providers, the collection and maintenance of statistical data, program planning evaluation and modification, and the supervision of students as assigned.

NOTE: SCI Home Care Senior Social Worker will have to be able to obtain a VA drivers license. This position requires daily travel into the community to Veteran’s homes. Requires the ability to get in and out of a car several times per day and travel up to at 100 miles from the Dallas VA.


Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

(All positions may require occasional extended hours due to patient care needs).


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


Basic Life Support (BLS) certification will be required before an appointment can be given.


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Appendix F7, 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




Citizenship.  Be a citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)


Education.  Have a master’s degree in social work 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.  [Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.]


Licensure.  Persons hired or reassigned to senior 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 advanced practice level.


GS-12 Senior Social Worker Experience, Education and Licensure.  Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment.  At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice.  Professional experience in a specialty such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center/Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice).  Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. In addition, the candidate’s application packet/resume must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.  Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness.  Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.  Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.


2.  Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations.  This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.


3.  Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services.  Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs.  Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.


4.  Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills.  Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.


5.  Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs.  Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.





Light Lifting (11 to 20 lbs occasionally; 10 lbs or less, frequently); Light Carrying (11 to 20 lbs; 10 lbs or less, frequently); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1to 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; frequent keyboarding (4 to 7 hours per day); Sitting (4 to 7 hours per day); Walking (up to 3 hours per day); Standing (up to 3 hours per day); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour per day); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Correctable near sited and far sited Vision; Hearing (aid permitted).


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. 

Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.




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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. 


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 leave.


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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 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 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX 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: 877644.  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 Tuesday, May 07, 2013.


The following documents must be submitted at the time of application:

          CV or Resume (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties. (Required)

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

          Occupational questionnaire

          Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at

          Copy of your transcript. (Required)

          Copies of other Certifications received. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification will be required before an appointment can be given.

          Copy of Licensure. (Required)

          If prior military service, include all copies of your DD214 Forms.  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

          If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of latest Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 (Required if applicable)

          Copy of most recent performance Appraisal.

          Any other documents required by the checklist.



Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Agency Information:
Social Work Service
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX


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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