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Job Title:  Social Worker - Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FZ-13-901259-SS

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

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SALARY RANGE:
$49,327.00 to $77,582.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 to Wednesday, July 17, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0185-00
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Akron, OH United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current, Permanent Employees of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 901259 (Please 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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio.  We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center.   These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education.  We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, OH has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English language proficiency.

DUTIES:

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The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Social Worker. The Social Worker will function in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program, Community Outpatient Service, based out of the Akron Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The Social Worker will float to cover social work needs for five (5) HBPC Teams. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Social Worker duties include:

  • Developing assessments in collaboration with interdisciplinary treatment team and veterans family members.
  • Completing assessments to highlight the veterans strengths, limitations, and internal/external support and service needs by making home visits primarily in rural areas.
  • Developing crisis management plans to maintain patient in the home, for admission to acute, short term and/or long term placements.
  • Providing veterans and their caregivers with counseling to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with chronic/disabling illness(es), onset of a catastrophic illness and/or dying, and need for non-institutional or institutional services as needed during the course of the veteran's enrollment in the HBPC Program.
  • Reassessing veterans needs for non-institutional, institutional services/programs and entitlements.
  • Educating the veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veterans preference.
  • Developing resource files of VA and community social service programs to refer the veteran to needed services.
  • Participating in weekly care planning meetings.
  • Establishing and maintaining a positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

Must be a citizen of the United States.

Must have a Master's Degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9 Level:

GS-9 is the entry level grade for the social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level.

Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.

GS-11 Level:

Applicant must possess one year of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care and be licensed or certified 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.)

Experience must have been obtained after earning a master's degree in social work.

Substituting education for experience at the GS-11 level: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-11 level, applicant may substitute a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.

Preferred Experience:

Possess a license or certification in a state at the independent practice level (in Ohio this is the LISW).

References:

All qualification standards can be located VA Handbook 5005 (http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc). Also available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:

The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

When describing your experience please include your title, duties performed, and dates of employment (month/year).

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.


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be reviewed to determine your qualifications. Please be sure your resume and supporting documentation clearly reflect your expertise related to the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
  • Independently assessing the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members to formulate and implement a treatment plan. 
  • Independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethic educational and other diversified backgrounds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families.
  • 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.
  • Provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students.
  • Independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking.


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.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process. Please consult the PBI website at www.va.gov/pbi for further information.

HOW TO APPLY:

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All applications must be submitted by: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and click on Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.  If you would like to fax additional documentation you must use the official fax coversheet found here to (478) 757-3144.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and fax all documentation, utilizing the 1203-FX form as your fax coversheet, to (478) 757-3144.  Also please include the Vacancy Identification Number 901259


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Curriculum vitae or Resume showing relevant experience, license, and/or certification. When listing previous employment please include month and year.
  • Copy of your transcript (optional).
  • If you are a veteran of the United States military please include a copy of your DD-214 and VA disability letter if applicable.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Michelle M. Smith
Phone: (216)791-2300x2150
Email: MICHELLE.SMITH6@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Cleveland VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs 05W
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH
44106

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed. You will be disqualified if your résumé does not reflect experience and education as outlined in the qualifications section. You will be notified when a qualification determination is made.

Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following 3 areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) employees.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located somewhere other than Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC).
  • Third Area of Consideration (external candidates) – All other US Citizens.

If you are selected, a professional standards board (PSB) will determine your salary and grade.  The PSB will make this determination by taking your education and length of experience into consideration.  


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