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Job Title:Social Worker - Outpatient GM&S Clinics

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-JAM-937796

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 to Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 937796

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.  

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is  GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-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.

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Possess master’s degree in social work degree (CSWE accredited)

DUTIES:

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1.  GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide social work services to the Toledo Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.  The incumbent is responsible for providing social work services to veterans not in need of hospitalizations, but who are being seen in Primary Care clinics and specialty clinics.  He/she employs a complete range of advanced social work methods, individually or with groups, and demonstrates mature skills in casework with even the most difficult patients and their families.  Overall responsibilities includes the provision of direct care client services, collaboration with the relevant interdisciplinary meet teams and committees, and utilizing DVA and community resources to most appropriately meet the needs of the clientele.

 

  Incumbent is performing at the full performance level and is licensed or certified to independently practice social work. He/she provides professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.

 

 

Organizational Location of the Position: Social/Community Based Services, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

 

2.  FUNCTIONS OR SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES

 

A.    Develop psychosocial assessments of clients in order to identify emotional, social, physical, familial, economic and vocational needs and resources.

B.    Utilize individual, family and group counseling including linkage(s) with appropriate resources, in order to assist clientele in reaching optimal functioning.

C.    Identify appropriate community and VA resources, and facilitate utilization of these resources by the veteran and family.

D.    Identify unmet needs within the community and assist in developing these needed Resources.

E.     Provide field instruction and ongoing supervision to social work graduate students as assigned.

F.     Represent Social Work Service on committees/task forces which address program development and program maintenance, direct services, education, or matters of an administrative nature.

            G.  Provides advance directive (Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care) information and education to the patient and family, assisting the patient in preparing such documents, as requested.

 

Tour of Duty: Days

Travel required: 5 percent 

 

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS.  To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:

    a.  Citizenship.  Be a citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)

    b.  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 web site to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

    c.  Licensure.  Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.  Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM web site. 

    (1)  Exception.  VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations.  This exception only applies up to the full performance level.  For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.

    (a)  For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master’s level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker. 

    (b)  It is VHA policy that a VHA social worker who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record.

 

    (2)  Failure to Obtain License or Certification.  In all cases, social workers must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure or certification starting from the date of their appointment.  At the time of appointment, the supervisor, Chief Social Work or Social Work Executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline.  Failure to become licensed or certified within the proscribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.

    (3)  Loss of Licensure or Certification.  Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment.  Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.

 

English Language Proficiency.  Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
 

Creditable Experience

    (1)  Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices.  To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice.  The experience or education must be post-MSW degree.  Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

    (2)  Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master’s degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.

    (3)  Part-Time Experience.  Part-time experience as a professional social worker is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.  For example, a social worker employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

    (4)  Fellowships or Post-Graduate Training.  Fellowship and post-graduate training programs are typically in a specialized area of clinical practice, i.e., group or family practice.  Training as a fellow or post-graduate may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

    (5)  Practicum in a VA Setting.  A VHA practicum experience may not be substituted for experience, as the practicum (field placement) is completed prior to graduation with a master’s degree in social work.

Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

 

   

    (1) GS-9 Social Worker

    (a) Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 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. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

NOTE: Social workers with more than one year of post-MSW experience may be appointed at an advanced step within the GS-9 grade commensurate with their years of experience.

    (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    1. Ability to 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.

    2. Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to 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.

    3. Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.

    4. 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.

    5. Knowledge 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.

    6. Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.

 

 

 

            (c)  Assignments.  Individuals assigned as GS-9 social workers are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised, as they are not yet functioning at the independent practice level conferred by independent licensure or certification.  Social workers at the GS-9 entry level are typically assigned to VHA program areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience.  Since these social workers are not practicing at an independent level, they should not be assigned to program areas where independent practice is required, such as in a CBOC, unless there is a licensed social worker in the program area who can provide supervision for practice.  

 

(2)  GS-11 Social Worker

    (a)  Experience, Education and Licensure.  Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level, please refer to paragraph 2c.  

OR,

In addition to meeting basic requirements, 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.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

    (b)  Demonstrated 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.

    (c)  Assignments.  This is the full performance level for social workers.  GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work.  They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics.  Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.

 

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/50, PART II

APPENDIX G39.  SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFCATION STANDARD



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.

Physical Requirements: The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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

 

 


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.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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 Tuesday, August 20, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50
   ·Transcript



VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


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 937796.
  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 Tuesday, August 20, 2013Tuesday, August 20, 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Angela Barnum
Phone: (734)222-8923
Email: ANGELA.BARNUM@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Ann Arbor HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resource Management Service 05
2215 Fuller Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
48105

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

13-JAM-937796

Control Number:

348918400