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Job Title:Social Worker - (Home Based Primary Care / PACT)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-438-13-KCB-922116

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

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$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Thursday, July 18, 2013 to Wednesday, July 24, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Spirit Lake, IA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 922116


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?

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, the VA offers an incomparable benefits package.  Located in southeast South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a progressive family-oriented community, with an extremely low crime rate.  Four seasons with abundant recreation activities.  No state income tax.  The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Care is provided to eligible veterans in eastern South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, and Southwestern Minnesota. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The procedures outlined in AFGE Master Agreement, Article 23, Section 8 will be followed.  First consideration will be given to current Sioux Falls VAHCS employees.


  • U. S. Citizenship


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The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Full Time, permanent, Social Worker (Home Based Primary Care, (HBPC) with collateral Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) duties) up to 50 percent of the time.  Duty station for this position is Spirit Lake, Iowa Community Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC).  This position will be in the Extended Care and Rehab Service Line. As a Social Worker (HBPC/PACT), you are responsible for the following main duties to include, but not limited to:

  • Assessing and treating the enrolled Veterans.
  • Case management, coordination, and provision of social work and supportive services to Veterans 
  • The incumbent will be an active member of the interdisciplinary team, participate in treatment team meetings, and contribute to the completion of an interdisciplinary plan of care.
  • Develop an assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, and family members/significant others.
  • Interviews and conducts psychosocial assessments. 
  • The social worker interprets and explains VA treatment and benefit programs.
  • In HBPC the assessment will include a home visit(s). The initial assessment and assessment updates will be completed as specified by the policy for the assigned work area.
  • Receives and completes consults from interdisciplinary teams and other social workers on complex, difficult cases, using advanced practice skills and expertise. 
  • Incumbent also provides consultation to referral sources and is responsible for development and maintenance of professional standards of practice and educating others regarding such. 
  • Documents independently in the medical records.
  • Responsible for contributing to the development of the treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals.
  • Develops psychosocial treatment plans in collaboration with HBPC and PACT interdisciplinary team, including goals for psychosocial clinical treatment. 
  • Using known available resources and the initial assessment of the veteran’s likelihood to accept differing types of assistance, makes initial and continuing decisions regarding use of VA and non-VA services and referrals. 
  • Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team on course of treatment.
  • Collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran’s needs for non-institutional, institutional services/programs and entitlements.
  • The social worker is responsible for educating the Veteran and families/significant others of the available services.
  • The Social Worker will refer the Veteran to needed services.
  • Act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/significant others. 
  • Responsible for making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans.  
  • The social worker is responsible for the coordination of the referrals.
  • Provide the Veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling. 
  • Meets with veteran, and/or family members to assess accomplishments and re-establish goals.
  • Act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family.  
  • Make rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans to maintain the veteran in the most appropriate situation that serves his needs. 

Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is primarily Monday-Friday, Administrative Hours.  Irregular tours including evenings, weekends, and holidays may be required depending on Veteran needs.  Travel would occur during duty hours using a Government owned vehicle to make home visits with HBPC Veterans and other associated tasks in service to the Veteran, as needed at both scheduled and unscheduled times during the tour of duty.  Responsibilities would include enrolled Veterans within a 60 mile radius from Spirit Lake, IA and Cherokee, IA for HBPC coverage.  

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


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  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Licensure: Be licensed or certified at the Master's level to independently practice social work.
  • English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

  • Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website (Council on Social Work Education to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
  • Driver's License:  The incumbent will need to possess and maintain a current valid and unrestricted driver's license.
  • Note:  For this position, the incumbent must have and retain an independent license or certification at the Master's level to independently practice social work for this position as incumbent will work independently in a highly rural area.  Frequent solitary travel is required. 


GS-11: In addition to meeting all basic requirements, 1 year of professional social work experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level, under qualified social work supervision. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently.


In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. A doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.

Applicant must be licensed or certified at the Master's level to independently practice social work to be eligible for a GS-11.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
  2. 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, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
  3. 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. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
  4. 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.
  5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to 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. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
  6. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
  7. Ability to 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. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
  8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
  9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.

Non-Qualifying Experience: Clinical social work experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for a Master's Degree in Social Work does not satisfy this requirement. NOTE: A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic (medical or psychiatric), a residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.

Grade Determinations:

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is 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.



Current Valid and unrestricted driver's license: The incumbent will need to possess and maintain a current valid and unrestricted driver's license.  The work is generally sedentary in nature with daily intermittent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and carrying of lightweight items required.  Periods of time may be moderately demanding to include increased driving, or assisting Veteran’s with impaired mobility while making visits to alternative living situations or other community agencies.  Driving will be required.  Intermittent complicated issues with Veteran or Caregiver may periodically become stressful.  Verbal communication used frequently in contact with Veterans/family/significant others.  Documentation in electronic medical record is required for position necessitating good hand/eye coordination. Rare lifting, moving, or transporting of Veteran’s possessions weighing up to 40 lbs. may occur. Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common of the client population.  Some work is performed outside the medical center/CBOC campus, where the environment cannot be controlled.  The social worker practices, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to Veterans and their significant others/family members. The social worker is given authority to make their own work assignments within the program area to which assigned. 

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARDS, QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 29, 2012.

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: 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 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


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.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions errors, or any other delays. You will not be contacted for missing, incomplete or clarification of information relating to your application materials.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicant is subject to a pre-employment physical examination.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement will be subject to a one year probationary period.


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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 .


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

VET PRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

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


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

To begin the process, click the "Apply Online" button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. 

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, provides less room for error and more information as applications are processed. Mailed, emailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Please review the "Required Documents" area to ensure that all the required documents are faxed together with your application package.
  3. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  5. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 922116.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, illegible, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing, incomplete, or illegible Social Security Number or name

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the materials listed below:

  1. Complete and current professional resume or CV. REQUIRED Please upload as "Resume".
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Obtain VA Form 10-2850c here) (THIS FORM NEEDS YOUR SIGNATURE, if you do not submit the required signed form, you will not be considered for this position.)  REQUIRED Please upload as "Other".
  3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment.  You must complete this form to determine your suitability for Federal employment.  (Obtain OF-306 herePlease upload as "OF-306".
  4. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Listed within the Application Manager program when you click on the "Apply Online" button) REQUIRED
  5. Copy of latest performance evaluation - All current and previous Federal Employees must provide their last or most recent performance evaluation with their application package. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other".
  6. SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" - Attention all previous and current Federal Employees, you must provide your last or most recent SF-50, 'Notification of Personnel Action'. (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-50".
  7. If prior military, you must submit a legible copy of ALL MEMBER 4, DD-214(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.  Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Veteran preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (If applicable) Please upload as "DD-214".
  8. Disabled Veterans and other Veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with current proof of a service-connected disability. 10-point preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (Obtain SF-15 here) (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-15".
  9. VA Civil Service Preference Letter - If applying for 10-point Veterans preference using an SF-15 you must also include a copy of your VA Civil Service Preference Letter. A VA Civil Service Preference Letter can be obtained from the nearest VBA Regional Office. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other Veterans Document".

Notice to all applicants: Failure to provide all required documents may result in loss of consideration for this vacancy. If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete, you may receive no further consideration for this job announcement. You must provide the information listed above if it applies. Credit will not be given if proofs of qualifications are not received. Requests for reconsideration of ratings may not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. You will not be contacted to provide missing information or to clarify conflicting information. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.


Kristl Bryant
Phone: (605)336-3230x6852
Agency Information:
VHA Sioux Falls HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
2501 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD


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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