Job Overview

Summary

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 884132

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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.
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.

Duties

The incumbent is assigned to Social Work Services at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division. This position is in the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program within the Social Work Service Line. The Social Worker functions as an independent professional and is responsible to provide a variety of services for Veterans, to include but not limited to:

- Independently conducts psychosocial assessments.

- Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening veterans for psychosocial needs.

- Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs.

- Identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services.

- Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families.

- Provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan.

- Communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.

- Collaborates in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethical consultations.

- Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

NOTES:

1. Permanent Department of Veterans Affairs employees will receive first consideration.

2. Recruitment/relocation incentives have not been authorized.