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Job Title:Social Worker

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FZ-13-907294-LR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Wednesday, July 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Canton, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 907294

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". How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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, Ohio 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.

NOTE: A Professional Standard Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. 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. 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Social Worker who will serve as a Case Manager in the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) program.  The position is an integral part of the HUD-VASH team utilizing the Housing First Model. The Social Worker will function in Social Work Service within the Comprehensive Homeless Center. This position will require travel driving a government vehicle throughout Richland and Stark counties and will be based in Canton, OH. The work schedule is Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. The Social Worker duties include:

  • 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.

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

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • Must have a Master's Degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level to independently practice social work in a state. (In Ohio this is the LISW)
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.

 

Grade Determinations:

GS 12 Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, candidates must possess at least two years of experience in an area of specialized social work practice to qualify at the GS-12 level. This experience must have been in a clinical setting (i.e. medical center, medical or psychiatric clinic, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession).

Note: Experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for a Master's Degree in Social Work does not satisfy this requirement.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience providing case management and psychosocial services to the homeless population.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

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).


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 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.

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

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:

      • 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, barriers, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
      • Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families.
      • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.
      • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.

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.


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.

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 Wednesday, July 03, 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. verification is needed.



REQUIRED 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 907294
  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 Wednesday, July 03, 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.

The following documents are required:

  • CV or Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf).
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  • If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service as well as proof of disability, if applicable.
  • If currently employed in the federal government, include your most recent SF-50 showing title, series, and grade.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Branka Zekanovic
Phone: (216)791-2300x2151
Email: BRANKA.ZEKANOVIC@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.

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Job Announcement Number:

FZ-13-907294-LR

Control Number:

345311300