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Job Title:Social Worker (PTSD)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528-14-159-TEK-AQ1138411

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,982.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 12, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0185-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Batavia, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1138411

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 and leadership positions 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/.

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!

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.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • MSW Required

DUTIES:

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This position is located at Batavia VA Medical Center, Batavia, New York.

Incumbent's work is primarily concerned with the welfare of patients/families with mental illness that might be at considerable risk of personal damage or emotional involvement which would require particular caution to prevent or minimize destructive consequences. Incumbent is responsible for interviewing Veterans to establish facts regarding the situation, its nature, cause, components and impact on the client.  Incumbent interviews Veterans and families, interprets VHA's guidelines and eligibility requirements and completes comprehensive psychosocial history and assessment. Incumbent's work would also include making diagnosis of the Veteran's condition.  This would include the incumbent spending sufficient time learning enough about the Veteran affected to understand correctly the present and potential consequences to the client.  Incumbent is responsible for insightful assessment of cases involving Veterans with mental illness, who may react to their situations with impulsive behaviors that may be self-destructive and emotional problems that are associated with health conditions.

It is also the responsibility of the incumbent to provide individual and group therapy to Veterans diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the outpatient and/or residential treatment setting.  Incumbent provides these clinical services to the Veteran within the policies of the assigned clinical setting.  Incumbent provides comfort, emotional support and other assistance through empirically based therapeutic interventions.  Incumbent would provide therapeutic interventions to both Veterans individually or, if appropriate and requested, the Veteran's family.  Incumbent serves as a referral source for Veterans to other community resources or other Governmental resources to resolve problems and meet the needs of the Veteran.  Incumbent is able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. The incumbent utilizes highly professional skills to motivate Veterans to identify their own personal strengths and empowers the Veteran to understand the role that his or her strengths play in facilitating growth, change and the maintenance of this gained effectiveness in their lives.

Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; subject to change based on Agency needs.

**RECRUITMENT AND/OR RELOCATION INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION.***

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-11 Social Worker:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS.   The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are 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.   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.)

  b.   Education.   Have a master's 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 master's 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.]

  c.   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 master's 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 Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A.

 

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

Experience, Education and Licensure.   GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.   OR,

In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.   In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

   1.   Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

   2.   Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.

   3.   Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.   This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.

   4.   Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures.   This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

   5.   Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals.   This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

   6.   Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families.   Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification.   For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.

   7.   Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.   Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students.   Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.

   8.   Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.

   9.   Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.

   (c)   Assignments.   This is the full performance level for social workers.   GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work.   They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics.   Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.

**LMSW IS REQUIRED, LCSW IS PREFERRED**PLEASE INCLUDE LICENSURE VERIFICATION IN YOUR APPLICATION

REFERENCES: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.


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:  A physical examination will be conducted based on the following physical requirements for this position: Use of fingers, moderate carrying 15-44 pounds, Both hands required, walking 2 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted) and emotional stability.

 

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.


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://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

INTERVIEWS:   Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.   Further information is available at www.va.gov/pbi.

Probation:   Position is subject to a one (1) year probationary period

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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HOW TO APPLY: 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 Friday, June 27, 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:

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

1. Your Resume (required)

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).

3.Declaration of Federal Employment, OF 306 http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf (REQUIRED.)

4. Copy of MSW College Transcripts

5. Copy of Social Worker Licensure/Registration (required)

6. Evidence of you eligibility to apply for this vacancy (refer to checklist below)

7. Additional required documents (refer to checklist below)

8. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

 

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information.
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 1138411.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
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 Friday, June 27, 2014Friday, June 27, 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:

Troy E. Koerner
Phone: (716)862-3266
Email: TROY.KOERNER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Western New York HCS Buffalo
Healthcare System
Buffalo, NY
14215

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:

528-14-159-TEK-AQ1138411

Control Number:

372237900