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Job Title:Social Worker

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:NOL-13-884717-WBM-683-38

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Baton Rouge, LA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number:884717

Functional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management. This position is assigned to Mental Health Service, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, Baton Rouge, LA.

TOUR OF DUTY:Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

NOTE: Position may be assigned to other locations such as, New Orleans or Slidell, LA.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Subject to background/suitability investigation

DUTIES:

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Provides Clinical psychosocial Direct care and case management at an advanced practice level to the Mental Health veteran population who are diagnosed with a Substance Abuse disorder, as well as those dually diagnosed with PTSD or other Serious Mental Illness seen in the Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Develops Treatment Plan, with inclusion of dual diagnosis and trauma treatment, provides individual, group and family therapy to meet biological, psychosocial, social and environmental needs. The position also requires the professional responsibility for ongoing development of the Intensive Outpatient Program Curriculum. Interviews Veterans, their family members and significant others to establish facts about the situation of the Veteran, the presenting problems, co occurring disorders and impact of such issues on the functioning of the Veteran's health as part of a complete phychosocial assessment. Reviews all data, subjective and objective, and make clinical assessment identifying needs and strengths. Has the ability to serve veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lack of family or an adequate community support network, be poor at self-monitoring, frequently fail to comply with treatment rules and regulations, have a history of multiple relapse and treatment rules and regulations. Independently evaluates the Veteran's situation, including the Veteran's reaction and ability to deal with it, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion. Based on psychosocial assessment, uses professional judgment and advances practice skills to make psychological diagnosis. Develops psychosocial treatment plans in coordination with multi disciplinary team members, including goals for psychosocial/substance abuse clinical treatment. Concludes the appropriate action, even in instances where actions actions can have an impact on the life of the Veteran.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:

a. Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States.

b. Education . Have a master's degree in social work (MSW) 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.

c. Licensure . Person hired or reassigned to social worker position in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

GS-11 Social Worker

Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.

NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 2c.

OR,

In addition to meeting basic requirements, 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

 


APPLICANT'S 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.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions.  (P.L. 95-201).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS :   Pre-employment Physical Required.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months.  This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.  This is a testing designated position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the detailed information submitted in your resume that reflects your knowledge, skills, and ability neccessary to meet the qualification of this position.


BENEFITS:

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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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  In addition to the traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at the http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

PBI Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs).  For more information on the performance based interview process, see www.va.gov/pbi

Eligibles: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.   Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation:  Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, May 20, 2013

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 884717 
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.
  3. Evidence of Veterans Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must submit your DD Form 214 or an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference with appropriate supporting documentation.

Note:  To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

Applying Via Fax: 

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when your rating is determined.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. Resume or Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA-FORM 10-2850c). NOTE: YOUR RERSUME MUST CONTAIN DATES OF EMPLOYMENT (MM/YY) AND HOURS WORKED PER WEEK. FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION MAY PREVENT US FROM GIVING YOU CREDIT FOR EXPERIENCE.
  2. Response to the questionnaire.
  3. Copies of your College Transcripts (if you are using education to qualify).
  4. Latest SF-50 (current and former federal employees), if applicable
  5. Member 4 copy of your DD-214, SF-15 if claiming 10pt preference and VA disability award letter (for Veterans), if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angela Atkins
Phone: (504)558-1419
Email: ANGELA.ATKINS2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA New Orleans HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
Southeast LA Veteran HC Sys 1555 Poydras
Suite 1300
New Orleans, LA
70112

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. The qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and interview.

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Job Announcement Number:

NOL-13-884717-WBM-683-38

Control Number:

342699100