Job Overview


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, or

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.


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.