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Job Title:Senior Social Worker [Trauma Recovery Program]

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:1042187SA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$82,275.00 to $106,955.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 03, 2014 to Monday, February 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Menlo Park, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1042187 

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .  

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.

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT NUMBER:  000000.

WORK SCHEDULE:  MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY - 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM

DUTIES:  Position is that of Senior Social Worker, Admissions Coordinator, for the Trauma Recovery Programs (TRP) at the Menlo Park Division of VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  The incumbent works primarily in the men’s residential program but may provide coverage in the women’s program.   .

·     Responsible for the referral and admissions processes for  Veterans and Active Duty Service Members seeking admission to the men’s and women’s TRPs in addition to other assessment and clinical efforts, managing the Northeast Program Evaluation Center data collection and monitoring process.

·      Works at the advanced practice level and represents the social work profession and his or her unique position and perspective on the multidisciplinary team that includes other social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychology technicians, readjustment counselors, recreation therapists, and psychiatrists. 

·     Teaching and orientation responsibilities for social work and psychology interns, nursing students, and psychiatric residents.  

·      Incumbent has program development and effectiveness administrative responsibilities toward improving and refining service delivery systems.   

·      Provides consultation and guidance to colleagues, will role model effective social work practice skills, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification.

·    Coordinates referral and screening processes for Veterans seeking admission to the TRPs.  Interacts routinely with Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, family members and significant others, and referral sources nationally to ensure a timely and appropriate referral and notification process.  Follows up with referral sources to obtain additional or more detailed information for decision-making purposes.  Conducts telephone and in-person interviews and schedules admission dates as appropriate.  Responds to inquiries regarding particular client situations and regarding the programs.  Collaborates with clinical team to ensure that program census is maintained and to follow up with referral, screening, and admission issues. 

·      Performs specialized assessment, case management, treatment, and discharge planning with complex PTSD and related co-morbidities.   Treatments may include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Seeking Safety, and other evidence-based practices.  Incumbent incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of Veteran and Active Duty patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.

·    Provided individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy (which may include evidence-based interventions) and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans and Active Duty Service Members with posttraumatic stress disorder with possible co-occurring polytrauma injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, addictions, and other serious disorders.   

·    Administratively responsible for development and implementation of methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in PTSD (which may include admission coordination and evaluation, Northeast Program Evaluation Program data collection, monitoring, and coordination), utilizing outcome evaluations to improve services.  Incumbent is able to demonstrate the ability to design changes based on empirical findings.  Assists with coordination of aftercare and patient tracking for performance measures.

·     Offers consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial assessment and treatment of patients with PTSD and related comorbidities, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills.

·     Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

     ·    Master’s degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

    ·     Licensed or certified at the advanced practice level by a state to independently practice social work is fully accredited.              

          (1)  Exception.  VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations.  This exception only applies up to the full performance level.  For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified. 

               (a)  For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master’s level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker.  Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam.  In [states such as] California, [Washington, and others] where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master’s level within one year of meeting the full [state] prerequisites for licensure.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-12 LEVEL: 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 (a) below.

(a)  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.  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 serious mental illness, 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, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm .

REQUIRED INFORMATION:

Physical Requirements:  This position requires light lifting under 15 pounds; walking and standing 4-6 hours; specific visual requirements to meet California DMV Requirements; depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors and hearing aid is permitted.   The environmental factors of this position may have unusual emotional strain.

 


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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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) 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.  

NOTE: Your resume must include the following information for each job listed:

  • Job title
  • Duties (be as detailed as possible)
  • Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)


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, 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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.  

 

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.

  

Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:

http://www.opm.gov/Disability/ReasonableAccommodation.asp

 

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Monday, February 24, 2014 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.

 

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required for ALL APPLICANTS:

  1. CV or Resume showing relevant experience. {NOTE: Your federal resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)}
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at   http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment ( Link to OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  4. Any other documents required by the checklist .

Applicants claiming VETERANS PREFERENCE must also submit:

  • A copy of your DD-214, member copy 4; OR
  • Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Veterans claiming 10 Point Preference, must also submit: SF-15 AND ALL documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference.

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.   The Vacancy ID is 1042187.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
  3. 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 Monday, February 24, 2014   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 Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VAPAHCS USAS
Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: V21PALWORKFORTHEVA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
NO MAIL/EMAIL/IN-PERSON APPLICATIONS
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144

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:

1042187SA

Control Number:

360587300