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Job Title:Social Worker HUD/VASH

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:GJ-13-CAL-886676-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, May 03, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Temporary NTE 9/30/2014

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Grand Junction, CO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 886676

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.  

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

 

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

 

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

 

Grand Junction is an outdoor person's paradise.  The area's wonderland's make activities such as camping, fishing, hiking and hunting easily accessible.  Powderhorn Ski Resort is 40 miles from Grand Junction.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Grand Junction, CO surrounding area go to http://www.grandjunction.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 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Current, active unrestricted license/certification

DUTIES:

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The Social Worker functions as the Case Manager for VA Grand Junction Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH).  The Social Worker works in the Mental Health Department at VA Grand Junction.

The Social Worker works independently performs the following duties:

          ·         Providing psychosocial services to veterans who reside in stable housing through Housing Choice Vouchers.

      ·         Providing case management for a caseload of veterans in the HUD/VASH program.

      ·         Providing psychosocial screening, assessment, counseling, and crisis intervention.

      ·         Developing a comprehensive treatment plan in collaboration with the veteran.

      ·         Coordinating family conferences.

      ·         Providing education to families and the veteran.

      ·         Reviewing agreements between HCV landlords, Public Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing referral sites for HUD/VASH placement.

      ·         Performing site visits of HUD/VASH apartments to ensure veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.

      ·         Verifying the veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.

      ·         Collecting HUD/VASH program participant data as outlined by NEPEC evaluation procedures and HOMES registry.

      ·         Providing individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions to assist veterans with securing, adjusting to, and maintaining stable housing.

      ·         Coordinating care including serving as an advocate for the veteran and linking and referring veterans to the VA and/or community agencies.

      ·         Participating in the HUD/VASH program conference calls and attends trainings offered by HUD/VASH.

      ·         Following local policy and SOP for the HUD/VASH program.

      ·         Participating in program planning and development, identifying the need for and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes.

         ·         Documenting all contacts with patients/families in the medical charts.

·         Site visits of Hud-VAH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.

·         Verifies the Veterans status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.

·         Responsible for following local policy and Standard Operating Procedures for the HUD-VASH Program.Follow policies and documents requirements as required for CARF and Joint Commission accreditation.

·         Performs accountability functions: 1) documents all contacts with patients/families in medical charts; 2) completes statistical and other reports in accordance with VA Medical Center and respective professional discipline service policies.

·         Must have experience working with individuals that have substance abuse and mental health issues.

·         Knowledge of housing is helpful, but not mandatory.

Relocation/Recruitment expenses and/or incentives have NOT been authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • LANGUAGE: English language proficiency (written and spoken) 
  • LICENSE, CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Persons hired or reassigned to social worker postions 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.

         (a) For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker.  Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam.

         (b) It is VHA policy that a VHA social worker who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record.

  • 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.   
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • GRADE DETERMINATION

        GS-11 Social Worker

             (a)  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 KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

          (b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

                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.

         (c)  Assignments.  This is the full performance level for social workers.  GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work.  They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics.  Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.

 

Preferred Experience:

·         Prior VA Experience

·         Prior Case Management Experience

·         Prior Work in Homelessness

·         Knowledge of public housing and Housing and Urban Development.

·         Knowledge of the Grand Valley and Western Slope of Colorado

Licensed Social Worker is preferred


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


References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G39, GS-185, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD.


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.

 

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. Copy of unofficial transcripts are required when education is used to qualify.  Missing transcripts will automatically rate you ineligible.

Physical Requirements:  Applicants must meet physical requirements for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. Work is normally performed in a typical hospital work environment. Work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. Ability to sit, stand and walk throughout the day. Ability to use computer workstation and keyboard for patient electronic record.

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.


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.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  


OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 24, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations)
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50



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

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

 

YOU WILL NOT BE CONTACTED FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR MISSING DOCUMENTS.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 886676.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 24, 2013Friday, May 24, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (970)242-0731x2076
Email: VHAGRJVACANCY2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Psychiatry
2121 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO
81501
US

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:

GJ-13-CAL-886676-MHC

Control Number:

342931500