Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)
Education. Have 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
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 on the OHRM website.
English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy.
PREFERRED CHARACTERISTICS: At least 5 years experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to individuals with a variety of mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses, particularly PTSD.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess current driver's license in order to drive a government vehicle.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
GS-12 Senior Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure.
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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate
the professional KSAs below.
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
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
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
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 position requires performance of work which involves light physical effort, such as that involved in lifting light files, bending, standing, reaching, operating office equipment such as telephone, copier, fax machine, scanner, etc.
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.