SOCIAL WORKER - Acute Care/Community Living Center

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1157016
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.
The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Work schedule M-F 8-4:30 p.m.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses Are NOT authorized for this position.
Relocation Incentive: Relocation Incentive Is NOT authorized for this position.
Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment Incentive Is NOT authorized for this position.
This position is NOT authorized for telework, or compressed work schedule.
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 Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must possess a master''s degree in Social Work May be subject to one year probationary period US citizenship
The incumbent is responsible for the management, coordination and provision of social work services to veterans and their families on the Acute Care units INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members
Work with patients and families who are experiencing an emotional, medical, and/or social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills
Active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines
Participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate
Provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits
Act as a consultant to other team/staff members
Provide consultation/education to internal and external stakeholders on social work practice and VA policy and procedure
Act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed
Provide case management to Veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care
Provide a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate
Address Advance Directives and Organ Donation in accordance with the standards of their work area
Provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate patient/family support groups as appropriate
Coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans
Participate in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the supervisor
The incumbent has working knowledge and skill in the use of word processing, data management, and other computer software Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by the VHA
Comply with Joint Commission, VA and medical center policy and procedures, and identified performance and mission critical measures
Assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death
Document social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off communication when transferring of patient care
Participate in modification of tour of duty to accommodate patient care and facility needs
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies
Attend all appropriate staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, Social Work staff meetings, and other committees as appropriate, etc) and perform other duties as required
Submits self-assessment to supervisor in a timely manner that identifies areas of competence and knowledge deficits using VA Central Office forms Self-assessments should be submitted 30 days in advance of performance appraisal due date
Utilizes the eight core competencies of the High Performance Development Model (HPDM) in practice
Is able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds
Has basic knowledge of medical and mental diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures to include acute and chronic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects, and basic medical terminology
U.S. citizenship . Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Selective Service : Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Background Investigation : A background investigation is required and continued employment is contingent on completion of that process to determine suitability for federal employment.
English Language Proficiency : In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
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.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: 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 websit. Exception: VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. 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.
In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have One year of experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
GS-9 - Experience, Education and Licensure - GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below. Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-9 social workers are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised, as they are not yet functioning at the independent practice level conferred by independent licensure or certification. Social workers at the GS-9 entry level are typically assigned to VHA program areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience. Since these social workers are not practicing at an independent level, they should not be assigned to program areas where independent practice is required, such as in a CBOC, unless there is a licensed social worker in the program area who can provide supervision for practice. GS-9 social workers provide psychosocial services in the assigned area under supervision.
GS-11 - Experience, Education and Licensure - Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level OR 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. 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.
Note: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
References: VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at .
PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: /. 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:
Light lifting, under 15 pounds
Use of fingers
Walking 2-4 hours
Standing 2-4 hours
We are a 24/7 medical center with various tours of duty and incumbent may be required to work off tours, nights, holidays and/or weekends to meet the mission of caring for the Veterans
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 .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View 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, July 14, 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 Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : 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, , 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.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Other (10-2850c )
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at )_ (required) ._
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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). 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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1157016.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.__
After we receive your complete application package _(including all required documents),_ your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.
You will be notified when your rating is determined approximately two weeks after the close of the position.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
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 _I_ ntegrity, _C_ ommitment, _A_ dvocacy, _R_ espect and _E_ xcellence (" I CARE "). America''s Veterans need you! To find out more, go to /.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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