The Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) is now obsolete per The Office of Personnel Management. In order to be considered for this position you must provide a resume. It is recommended to include all the information contained in the OF-612 in your resume. In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Your resume MUST include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week.
- U.S. citizenship.
- Proficient in spoken and written English.
- Posses a valid, current, and unrestricted driver's license. Upon selection, must be found suitable to transport patients.
- 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. (Transcripts required).
A license or certification by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination; grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level; licensed by the state of California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice; have certification or other post-masters 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 a specialty. (Must provide proof of licensure).
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL: Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years of advanced practice are in an area of specialized social work practice. Examples of advanced practice level may include providing independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises. Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master's Degree in Social Work.
Note: best examples of specialized experience for this position are as follows:
Demonstrated experience working with a
homeless patient population with highly complex health and mental health
problems including addictions.
Demonstrated experience interacting with
patient population in varying community locations including patients
homes, public conveyances including street outreach, homeless shelters and
other community based sites and organizations.
Demonstrated experience in transporting
patient population as needed for medical, mental health and housing related
Demonstrated experience in independently
assessing own and others safety when interacting with patients who are
experiencing behaviors associated with addiction and/or persistent mental
The Professional Standards Board will seek the following in a best qualifying candidate:
1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.
2. Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.
5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005/31, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated January 13, 2010.
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: 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. *** You must provide a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial are sufficient; however, they MUST display you have received your Master's Degree in Social Work. If selected, you will be required to submit unopened official transcripts.
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) 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%, non-service-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 Veterans Preference" and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.
If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience you may be found ineligible/not qualified.