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Job Title:Social Worker (Inpatient)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:BH-13-102-SV-887167

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Meade, SD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 887167 (Include on all documents)

 

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.

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota, where we are known for our blue skies, pine forests, rich history, moderate climate and friendly western hospitality. The VA BHHCS provides primary, surgical, behavioral health, community living center (nursing home care), and domiciliary (residential rehabilitation treatment program – RRTP) care for Veterans residing in western South Dakota and portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. Care is delivered through the Fort Meade (near Sturgis) and Hot Springs VA Medical Centers, as well as through a number of community-based outpatient and rural outreach clinics. VA Black Hills is part of VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23). For more information on the Department of Veterans Affiars, go to, http://www.vacareers.va.gov or http://www.va.gov/jobs/

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, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration
  • Master's Degree in Social Work (CSWE)
  • Copy of College Transcripts

DUTIES:

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The incumbent has primary responsibility for providing social work services to inpatients of the locked psychiatric unit.  Secondary responsibilities include providing care in outpatient mental health clinics providing individual, group and/or family therapy.  He/she provides professional and clinical social work services, consultation, nursing home placement, assisted living placement and evaluation and inter-VA transfers.   Responsibilities encompass direct service, system support, administrative and educational activities.  Incumbent provides a full range of social treatment modalities for individuals and groups, with appropriate regard for the complexity of given problems.  Provides clinical services to patients at any and all points on the continuum of care from pre-admission to post-discharge and community-based follow-up, which included some off station review of living arrangements.  In close cooperation with the treatment team incumbent provides appropriate social work service and consultation during the patient's assessment, individual or group treatment to veterans and their families.  Occasional travel will be required. Note: A VALID, UNRESTRICTED, STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION. 

Location: This position is located in the Mental Health (Inpatient) Service Line

Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm, 80 hours per pay period

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

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39-1, Social Worker Qualification Standards http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, must be proficient in written and spoken English and must be licensed or certified at the Master's level to independently practice social work in a state.

Grade Requirements:

GS 9: GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post MSW experience and for social workers a the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure at the independent level.

GS-11: Applicant must possess a Master's Degree in Social Work at a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. You must submit an unofficial transcript to receive credit for this education. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired).

Requires one 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.  This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. (A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic - medical or psychiatric, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in a collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.)

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 listed below.

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.

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


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. You 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.

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.

Referral Precedence

Per the Master Agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, internal applicants will receive first consideration for all vacancies. External applicants will then be referred as appropriate when requested by the selecting official.

Physical Requirements: The work may require using appropriate methods or resources to physically restrain veterans who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require accommodating the needs of physically disabled veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects such as medical records.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

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, 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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Tuesday, May 28, 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:

The following documents are required.  If you do not submit all of the required documents, you will be found ineligible.

 

Current permanent Black Hills Health Care System employees: If you are a current permanent employee of the Black Hills Health Care System, you must submit the following documentation in your application package to be considered for this position:

  • CV or Resume
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. Employees may obtain a copy of their most recent SF-50 by accessing their eOPF .
  • Occupational Questionnaire (This may be completed online through Application Manager or via fax using OPM form 1203-FX)
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations 

All other applicants must submit the following documentation in their application packages to be considered for this position:

  • Completed Online Questionnaire
  • CV or Resume
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
  • OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
  • Proof of current certification or licensure
  • Unofficial college transcript (an official college transcript will be required before being hired).
  • Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement. 

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 887167.

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. 

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) Tuesday, May 28, 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 (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
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:

Stacie A. Vansickle
Phone: (605)720-7090
Email: STACIE.VANSICKLE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Black Hills HCS
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD
57741

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:

BH-13-102-SV-887167

Control Number:

343037300