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Job Title:Social Worker (Homeless Outreach)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-612-13-885001AP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$67,963.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Oakland, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 885001 

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?

 

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-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.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

For positions covered by the Bargaining Unit:   First consideration will be given to employees of this facility. 

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES:  You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.”  Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration.  Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate. 

 

On-Call:  No  

Rotating Shifts:  No 

Required to work Holidays and/or weekends:  No

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:  Exempt  

Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Requires licensure and/or certification

DUTIES:

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Individuals assigned as GS-11 social workers are considered to be at the full performance level.  The Homeless Outreach is a critical position under the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program.  The Homeless Outreach Social Worker will identify and work directly with veterans in a variety of settings both within the outpatient clinic and in the community in shelters, drop-in centers and community housing settings.  The Homeless Outreach Social Worker will work to engage the veteran and link him/her to needed services with the goal of psychosocial stabilization and increased residential stability.  The Homeless Outreach Social Worker partners with community agencies through informal outreach agreements and more formalized contracts and agreements.

 

The Homeless Outreach Social Worker provides outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs and provides ongoing case management and follow-up.  The Homeless Outreach Social Worker must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups and provide appropriate community referrals.

 

 

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



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

·       Citizenship - Must be citizen of the United States.

 

·       English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English. 

 

·       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 social work positions 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.

 

1.     Exception - VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance (GS-11) level.

 

2.     Failure to Obtain License or Certification - In all cases, social workers must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure or certification starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor, Chief Social Work or Social Work Executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline. Failure to become licensed or certified within the proscribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL:  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.  

 

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL:  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 KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Work, available in the local Human Resources Office.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must meet physical requirement in VA Directive and Handbook 5019

 


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 (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.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi  (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, and fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

 

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

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.   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.

 

You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's).  Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the KSAOs listed below.  All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their CV or resume.  Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating.  Please review carefully before making an online response selection.  Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response. 

1.     Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

 

2.     Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient’s problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.

 

3.     Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.

 

4.     Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

 

5.     Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

 

6.     Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.

 

7.     Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.

 

8.     Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.

 

9.     Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.


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, 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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

NOTE: This additional information pertains only to those positions being filled as a temporary position. Temporary employees are eligible to earn leave and are covered by Social Security and unemployment compensation, but do not receive the other fringe benefits provided to career civil service employees.  Current law allows temporary employees to purchase health insurance after they have one year of temporary service, but the employee must pay the full cost with no Government contribution.  Employees are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Government Life Insurance program or the Federal Employees Retirement System. 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 885001.  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 21, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents:

 

1.      CV or Resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties. (required).

2.      VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations, signed and dated (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

3.      Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4.      Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment: signed and dated. (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.      DD Forms 214: If prior military service(required). 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).

6.     Notification of Personnel Action – SF-50’S: All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA: documenting permanent status, promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50.

7.      Copy of your college transcript(s). Certificates/diplomas are not acceptable. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to submit official college transcript(s) prior to appointment (required).

8.     Copy of your current registration/certification/licensure (required)

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Brooke Dowling
Phone: (925)372-2370
Email: BROOKE.DOWLING@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA
94533

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-612-13-885001AP

Control Number:

342733900