U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education: Have a Masters degree in social work from a school of social work
accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Licensure: Be licensed or certified at the
Masters level to independently practice social work in a state.
Exception. At the GS-9 level the VA may waive the licensure and/or certification
requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of
state prerequisites for examination. VA social workers who are not licensed at
the time of appointment must be licensed or certified at the Masters level,
within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker or 1 year from
the day they meet the full requirements of the state for licensure or
certification, whichever is longer. Those who fail to obtain state licensure or
certification within the required time frames must be removed from the General
Schedule (GS)-185 social worker series. This may
result in termination of employment.
Language Proficiency: Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
DETERMINATIONS:SALARY IS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD. In
addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must
be met to determine grade level of the position:
GS-9: Must meet all basic
GS-11: In addition to meeting all basic
requirements, 1 year of professional social work experience, equivalent to the
next lower grade level, under qualified social work supervision. This
experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the
potential to perform advanced assignments independently. NON-QUALIFYING
EXPERIENCE: Clinical social work experience obtained prior to completion of
the requirements for a Masters Degree in Social Work does not satisfy this
requirement. NOTE: A clinical setting is a
medical center, clinic (medical or psychiatric), a residential treatment
center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in
collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.
In addition to meeting basic requirements,
a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. A doctoral
degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the
required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: To receive credit for
education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the
education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in
interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been
deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be physically and
mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position
without hazard to themselves or others.
Qualifications: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA
Handbook 5005/23, Part II; Appendix G9 dated 2/13/2009, available at http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm,Qualification
Standard Social Worker GS-185.
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:Applicants must be
physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of
the position without hazard to themselves or others.
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.