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Job Title:Social Worker-Suicide Prevention Case Manager

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:632-13-BF-RE-948120

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$64,729.00 to $84,146.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Northport, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 948120

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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 served 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. 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. 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”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical
  • You must have a master's degree in social work.
  • You have a state license or certification to practice social work.

DUTIES:

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This position is located in the Psychiatry Service at, Northport Medical Center, In Northport NY. The principle role of the Social Worker-Suicide Prevention Case Manager is to coordinate and monitor services for veterans designated as high risk for suicide, and act as the transitional coordinator of care for these patients. The determination of risk level is based on clinical evaluation and assessment of a veteran by an appropriate behavioral health care provider. The incumbents are responsible for coordinating the care of high-risk patients throughout the medical center, including CBOC's and community agencies.

 The incumbent are expected to follow VACO guidelines about management of patients at high risk for suicide.

The functions of the case manager include: 

  • Collaboration with inpatient treatment providers to support appropriate discharge planning following recommendations for treatment of patients at high risk for suicide.
  • Assuring that all veterans assigned to the facility high risk-monitoring list are being followed for a time period not less than 90 days from the date of assignment to the high- risk list.
  • Monitor face to face and/or telephone contact with the veteran to assess their safety and ongoing compliance with treatment.
  • Track any no-show appointments by these patients and following up with the patient as soon as possible to reschedule the appointment.
  • If the safety of a high risk veteran is unable to be establish, or it is determined that the veteran is at imminent risk for self-harm, initiating emergency interventions appropriate to the situation, including but not limited to, contacting veteran's identified emergency contact, and/or calling 911.
  • Contact the veteran's primary therapist to coordinate monitoring activities, tracking appointments and coordinating ehanced care as needed.
  • Maintaining awareness of suicide treatment options and making recommendations to the patient's provider when new options become available. Maintain continuing education in the areas of Evidenced Based Practices.
  • The incumbent may be required to maintain case load of patients.

The incumbent will report to the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, who in turn is under the direct supervison of ACOS for mental health.

 Work Schedule: M-F 8:00-4:30 pm

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, must be proficient in written and spoken English and must be licensed or certified at the Master's level to independently practice social work in a state.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR ALL GRADES: Applicant must possess a Master's Degree in Social Work at a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. You must submit an unofficial transcript to receive credit for this education. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: Requires one year of professional social work experience equivalent to the GS-9 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. (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.

 

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.

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

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: May require prolonged standing, moderate walking, and maual dexterity.


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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, 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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.



HOW TO APPLY:

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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 05, 2013

 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at 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.


 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 948120.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Completed Online Questionnaire
  • CV or Resume
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
  • Proof of current certification or licensure
  • Unofficial college transcript (an official college transcript will be required before being hired).
  • Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement. 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Rina D. Evans
Phone: (631)261-4400x4044
Email: RINA.EVANS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Northport VAMC
Human Resources 05J
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY
11768

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates.  If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note:  Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Thursday, September 05, 2013.  If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options. 


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Job Announcement Number:

632-13-BF-RE-948120

Control Number:

350114900