Job Overview


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 .  

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.




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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No