Job Overview


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



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.