- U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. A masters
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 masters degree in social
work. To verify that a social work degree meets the accreditation
standard for a master of social work, access the CSWE website at http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/organizations.aspx.
- 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 masters degree level. Current state requirements
may be found at http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/HybridOccupations.htm. (Note: VHA
may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who
are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for
licensure/certification examinations, for grades up to the full
performance level. Licensure or certification must be obtained within 3
years of appointment.Failure to become licensed or certified within the
proscribed amount of time will result in removal from a Social Worker
position and may result in termination of employment.)
- English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy.
PREFERRED CHARACTERISTICS: Involvement in the justice system and/or experience with treatment of mental health and substance abuse.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess current driver's license in order to drive a government vehicle and be able to obtain security clearance to enter court and correctional facilities.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
GS-12 Senior Social Worker
(a) Experience, Education and Licensure.
Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Senior social workers may 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 (see paragraph 3a(c)). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.below.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1. 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39, http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf.
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
work is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending and
carrying of light items. Must possess current driver's license and be able to drive a government vehicle to carry out professional duties when deemed necessary.
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.