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