Social Worker (Home Based Primary Care)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
This announcement is an internal announcement limited to Facility employees, or VA Agency Wide employees. Excepted Service Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1238078
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.
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 /
NOTE: Appointment is contingent upon applicant meeting qualifications and the determination of the Professional Standards Board. Salary range is commensurate upon qualifications and experience.
NOTE: Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license, Class C. Failure to keep license current will result in removal from the position.
Area of Consideration: First area of consideration will be given to AFGE bargaining unit employees at Topeka VAMC. Second area of consideration will be given to Eastern Kansas Health Care System (EKHCS) permanent employees. Third area of consideration will be given to the public (U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals).
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.
Note: If you are NOT an internal employee (i.e., VA employee located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient employee) or VA Agency Wide employee, you should apply under the announcement YN-EJ-14-DAJ-1237947-BU.
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Valid state Class C driver's license U.S. Citizenship BLS Certification
The incumbent provides veterans in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program with high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and to coordinate linkage with appropriate VA and community service providers / agencies as needed by the client.
Develop an assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team.
Responsible for developing the treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals with the veteran/family in collaboration with the HBPC interdisciplinary treatment team members.
Collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs for non-institutional, institutional services/programs and entitlements.
Provides the veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling.
Tour of Duty: Mon - Fri: 8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M. or 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
U.S. Citizen. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Proficient in spoken and written English. (To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA, applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.)
Possess a Master's degree in Social Work from a school of Social Work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). ( MUST SUBMIT COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS ). NOTE: 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.
Possess a license or certification from a state to independently practice Social Work at the Master's degree level. ( MUST SUBMIT COPY OF CURRENT AND VALID LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION ). NOTE: 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. Failure to become licensed or certified within the proscribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-185 Social Work series and may result in termination of employment.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of one (1) year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care Social Work (VA or non-VA experience).
Must possess licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level ( MUST SUBMIT COPY OF CURRENT AND VALID LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION ).
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, a Doctoral degree in Social Work from a school of Social Work may be substituted for the required one (1) year of professional Social Work experience in a clinical setting ( MUST SUBMIT COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS ).
The following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for this position must be addressed in your application/resume:
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39. Social Worker Qualification Standard dated February 29, 2012.
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: Physical demands do not exceed those of a typical office setting. There may be some walking (2 hrs), standing, twisting, turning, sitting, pushing, bending, repetitive keyboarding or carrying of light items (Under 15 pounds). Please also see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The incumbent must be able to exercise a high degree of emotional and mental discipline at all times in order to continue to carry out duties effectively. This is especially necessary during time periods when the incumbent encounters significant or extreme duress as a result of interactions with patients, 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 .
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-11 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 Thursday, October 30, 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):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. CV or Resume
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (Required)
3. Occupational Questionnaire
4. Copy of current and valid occupational licensure as determined by the state held that indicates validity/expiration dates.
5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration of Federal Employment
6. Copy of Transcripts awarding a Master's degree in Social Work, name of institution, and date awarded(Required).
7. If prior military service , include all copies of your DD Form 214 including the character of discharge. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference)
8. If current or former federal employee , include most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
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 1238078.
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. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
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. 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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