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Job Title:Social Worker

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VA-13-922061-GD - R1

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Monday, September 09, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


Few vacancies in the following location:
Jackson, MS United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 922061

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board 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.


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

U.S. Citizen
Education (MSW)
LCSW Licensure Required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and or Security Investigation required
English Language Proficiency required


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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Work Schedule: Primarily 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Alternate Tours may apply. Alternate tours include, but are not limited to, evening and weekend coverage, 10 hour shifts, 12 hour shifts, etc. Schedule flexible to meet the needs of the veteran and the VA.

Social Worker to include Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program.  Incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to Health Care for Homeless Veterans. Social Work Service is a comprehensive team which delivers social work services to Veteran patients in a longitudinal Social Workers are uniquely prepared for this role by virtue of their education, training, and experience which prepares them to understand the person-in-situation and the influences that family and community have in impacting the health-care needs of Veterans.

· Must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans in the Primary Care Clinic, Health Care for Homeless Veterans, Mental Health, Medicine/Surgery, or Long-Term Care and/or their families.

· Must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families.

· Must actively participate as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and actively participate through collaboration with Veterans and family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of treatment goals and interventions.

· Must possess a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, substance abuse disorders, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

· Must facilitate action for community placements through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate community placements are completed in a timely manner.

· Must serve as a liaison between Veterans and/or their families and VA and community resources in order to ensure thorough delivery of services.

· Must possess knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities including evidence based therapies, provide educational classes, and/or supportive groups for Veterans and families, including shared medical appointments.

· Must provide consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives.


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1. CITIZENSHIP: U.S. Citizen.

2. EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree in Social Work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.

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: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

3. LICENSURE: Must be licensed or certified at the Master’s level to independently practice social work in a state.

4. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY IS REQUIRED. Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

5. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: Experience must have been in a healthcare clinical setting working with the adult population where chronic mental health/homelessness is the focus of care and case management, must have demonstrated the potential to perform assignments independently, OR a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the one (1) year of professional social work experience in a healthcare clinical setting.

6. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work may require using appropriate methods of 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.

Healthcare Clinical Setting: Defined as a medical center, medical or psychiatric outpatient clinic, or a residential treatment center; healthcare clinical setting focus is with the adult population where chronic mental health/homelessness is the focus; the social work experience demonstrates participation in collaborative treatment and identified with the medical and mental health profession.

GS-11: Requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level. In addition to meeting all basic requirements, one (1) year of professional social work experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level, under qualified social work supervision. The experience is directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of that position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Must meet all basic requirements. Specialized experience can be defined as the experience providing clinical evidence based treatment, case management, services and interventions; knowledge or experience working in a health care setting is preferred; community outreach; resource development; continuous quality improvement activities; and evaluation/consultation; developing and establishing linkages and collaborates on VA support efforts with community healthcare and social service agencies; participating in identification and assessment and the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions; and implementing education focused on specific needs/issues. This specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Experience, Education and Licensure: For the GS-11 level, the Social Worker must be licensed at the State's Independent level. Experience listed must demonstrate possession of a Independent practice skills and judgment, case management, working with adult populations in an inpatient or outpatient healthcare setting as defined above, demonstrating progressively a professional competency.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12 LEVEL: Under no circumstances will the educational requirements be waived. Under no circumstances will licensure requirements be waived for grade levels GS-12- or above.

Salary / Grade is to be determined by Social Worker Professional Standards Board dependent upon selectee's qualifications, (i.e. education and experience).

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker. QUALIFICATION STANDARE, dated January 13, 2010 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at h at

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: 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.

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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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 Monday, September 09, 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,, 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Other Veterans Document


1. CV or Resume.

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

3. OF Form 306 – Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (required).

4. Occupational Questionnaire

5. License or Certification.

6. Transcripts. (do not send official transcripts unless requested).

7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at

8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

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 and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 922061.
  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 Monday, September 09, 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 QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, 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.


Garnett Day
Phone: (601)362-4471x1593
Agency Information:
VHA Jackson VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
1500 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
GV Sonny Montgomery VAMC
Jackson, MS


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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