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Job Title:  Social Work Coordinator (Addiction Services)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  MRN-HA-13-961706

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 26, 2013 to Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Evansville, IN United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 961706


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.

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level. 

NOTE:  The Professional Standards 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.


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

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.


  • 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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The Program Coordinator of Addiction Services is responsible for managing daily operation of the program, developing policies and procedures for program operation, and preparing reports for facility, VISN, NEPEC and/or national use.  The Program Coordinator is also responsible for the clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty area.  They provide direct patient care services in the program area, along with team members.  The incumbent practices independently in the profession, providing consultation and guidance to colleagues, role-model effective practice skills, educate or provide orientation to less-experienced incumbents and/or interns; develop innovation practice interventions and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification.

Duties also include administrative responsibilities for clinical development and accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of treatment modules; this includes ancillary, cognitive-based, and evidence-based treatment.  The Coordinator is assigned to work with special patient populations with highly complex health/mental health problems along with co-morbid conditions; treatment interventions should be innovative, recovery-focused and individualized.  The incumbent is also assigned the responsibility for educating Veterans and their families along with the community and colleagues.  As a professional within the Behavioral Medicine Service, the incumbent will attend staff meetings, treatment planning meetings, as well as assist with strategic planning, which includes discharge planning, peer reviews and process improvements.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

This position may require early mornings, evenings and/or weekends and holidays.  Participation on the On Call rotation schedule to accommodate patient care needs during weekends, holidays, evenings, and nights is necessary.

This position is located in Behavioral Medicine Service.


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  • U.S. Citizenship - non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy. 
  • Educational Requirement: Must have a master's degree in social work (MSW) 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.
  • Licensure: Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level.


Individuals assigned as Social Worker Program Coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs:


1) In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures and/or practice guidelines for the program.

2) Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation and monitoring.

3) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.

4) Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines and evaluate assigned program area(s).

5) Ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.

GS-12 Social Worker Program Coordinators. Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) coordinators, Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) coordinators, Homeless Veterans Program (HVP) coordinators, Community Nursing Home Program (CNHP) coordinators. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. They manage the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN and national use. they may be responsible for the program's budget.


References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-185 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office).

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light Lifting (15 lbs and under); Light Carrying (15 lbs and under); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1-2 hours); Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far Vision correctable in one eye to 20-50 and to 20/100 in the other; Hearing aid permitted.

The Marion VA Medical Center may provide reasonable accommodation for the known physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants and employees with permanent disabilities and allow them to fully participate in the application process, perform essential job functions, and enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment, in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and VA policies, unless to do so would cause undue hardship to the department.

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.  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.


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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 Wednesday, October 16, 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):
   ·Other (VA Form 10 2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations)

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):
   ·Other (VA Form 10 2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations)

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

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 961706.
  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, October 16, 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.


Audrey West
Phone: (618)997-5311x54093
Agency Information:
Human Resources Liaison Office
2401 West Main St
Marion, IL


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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