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Job Title:Social Worker (Local Recovery Coordinator)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:MEM-14-009-976503-MT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to Monday, October 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Memphis, TN View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 976503 (Include on all documents) 

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health support staff who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve 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.

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/.

 

 

 

About the Memphis VA Medical Center:  The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC).  It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs.  Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.  Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center.  Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

 

NOTE: THIS POSITION CAN BE FILLED BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, GS-180; SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER, GS-185; or REGISTERED NURSE, VN-610

  • THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS FOR SOLICITATION OF SOCIAL WORKER APPLICANTS ONLY
  • PSYCHOLOGIST APPLICANTS MUST APPLY UNDER: MEM-14-008-976502-MT
  • REGISTERED NURSE APPLICANTS WILL BE SOLICITATED THROUGH INTERNAL PROCEDURES ONLY
  • FIRST CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO PERMANENT VA MEMPHIS EMPLOYEES

 

  • CANDIDATES WHO APPLIED UNDER MEM-13-124-970573-MT, MUST RE APPLY TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION

 

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.


 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • License at the Clinical level required
  • Background/suitability investigation required.

DUTIES:

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NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates education and experience and recommend the grade and 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.

 

 Each VA medical center must maintain the Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) position to help transform local VA mental health services to a recovery-oriented model of care, to sustain those changes, and to support further systemic change as new evidence becomes available on optimal delivery of recovery-oriented mental health care.  The LRC is located within the mental health service, and reports to the Section Chief, Mental Health Social Work and Recovery Programs.

The LRC is responsible for:

  • Leading the integration of recovery principles into all mental health services provided at the Medical Center and its affiliated CBOCs.
  • Working collaboratively with the other LRCs in the VISN, one of whom must serve in a coordinator role for VISN level activities, and with national leadership.
  • Being directly involved in the direct provision of recovery-oriented clinical services.  Providing training and consultation to facility leadership, staff, veterans, and family members regarding the recovery transformation.
  • Ensuring that veterans with SMI are given every opportunity to pursue and be responsible for their own goals. 
  • Serves as a recovery ombudsman to the Chief, Mental Health Service, program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery oriented services.
  • Coordinating the evaluation of recovery implementation at the facility and reporting results to the National Recovery Coordinator. 

 

Tour of Duty:  Full Time, 80 hours a pay period, Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM

Location of Position:  Mental Health Service

This is bargaining unit position

 

Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized

 

 

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Grade and salary determination will be based on the individual's qualifications and will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board.

 

References: Candidates must meet all the requirements indentified in VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated FEBRUARY 13, 2009.

 

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

 

SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER:

 

The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker is prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b) (9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:

 

      a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.

b. Education.  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).  A doctoral degree in Social Work may not be substituted for the master's degree in Social Work.

c. Licensure.  Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.   

 

d. Physical Requirements.   Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. The work is primarily sedentary, however, there may be some walking, standing, repeated bending and transporting items under 15 pounds.  

 

e. English Language Proficiency.  Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. 

 

Preferred Experience: Experience in the recovery model and transformation health care systems, particulary the Department of Veterans Affairs; previous experience as a Mental Health clinician providing direct care.

 

 

GRADE DETERMINATION – SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER

 

GS-12:

             (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.

(b)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

 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. 

 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.

 


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. ***

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:

Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position.

 

Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi  (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

 

Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.

 

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.

 

Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 

 

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

 

 

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.

 

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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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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY (IF SELECTED).   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, 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/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. 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: 976503.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, October 28, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

  1. CV or Resume:  Resumes must include the following information (1) Announcement number, title of position, and grade levels that you are applying; (2) Full name, mailing address, home and work telephone numbers; (3) Country of Citizenship; (4) Education and training; (5) Work experience - include name and address of employer, job title and detailed description of duties, beginning and ending months and years for each job, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and telephone number.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf)  (REQUIRED - IF SELECTED)
  3. Online Questionnaire (REQUIRED) 
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
  5. SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action (required for current Federal Employees)
  6. Copy of pertinent transcript(s) (REQUIRED)
  7. Copy of current, full and unrestricted license (REQUIRED)
  8. Most recent performance appraisal (optional)

 

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Stephanie McDuffie
Phone: (901)523-8990x5928
Email: STEPHANIE.MCDUFFIE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Memphis VAMC
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
HR Management Service 1030 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN
38104

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:

MEM-14-009-976503-MT

Control Number:

353257900