Social Worker (SW) Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) SOPC

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens. First area of consideration will be given to James H. Quillen VAMC permanent employees. Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1110129
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.
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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: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS11 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS9 to GS11 . The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
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
This Social Worker is assigned to the HBPC Program with responsibility to provide direct services for adult and geriatric veterans enrolled in this program. He/she is responsible for assessment, planning, and provision of case management services in the HBPC Program. This professional social worker coordinates a variety of activities including outreach, interdisciplinary activities, psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, consultation/education to Medical Center staff and community based service providers, the collection and maintenance of statistical data, program planning evaluation and modification, and the supervision fo students as assigned. As a member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team in the HBPC Program, the individual conducts work activity independently using his/her educational training, clinical experience, VA policies, and Joint Commission standards in administering direct services: psychosocial assessment of patient/family needs in relation to the provision of interdisciplinary treatment planning and service delivery; individual, group, and family counseling and casework services for the purpose of addressing identified needs. He/she will provide services both via telephone contact and in the homes of veterans enrolled in HBPC. The incumbent will collaborate with the other members of the HBPC team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to HBPC veterans, will ensure equity of access, service, and benefits to this population. The social worker will conduct training for staff, students and community providers regarding HBPC issues, will provide education, information and liaison with resources for veterans in the community, and will provide technical assistance and educational sessions to community organizations as needed. He/she is responsible for the implementation of written treatment program policies and procedures developed by Social Work Service that are based on coherent empirical and theoretical rationale and are consistent with patient rights and the maintenance of comprehensive written patient progress notes, outcomes and discharge planning services in collaboration with the unit treatment team. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as needed for the benefits of the veteran, family and quality of services provided.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:45am - 4:30pm nights/weekends as needed
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
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 that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for amaster of social work.
Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social work positions in the GS-0185 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: NOTE: For grades at or below the full performance level, 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 oftheir appointment as a social worker.
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English lanquage in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j.
GS-9 IS THE ENTRY LEVEL 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. NOTE: _Social workers with more than one year of post-MSW experience may be appointed at an advanced step within the GS-9 grade commensurate with their years of experience._
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. (A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic - medical or psychiatric, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in a collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.) Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master''s Degree in Social Work.
SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-11 level, applicant may substitute a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.
Must have medical clearance to drive patients and maintain current driver''s license.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated January 2010 (also available in the local Human Resources Office). For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM''s web site .
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: 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: All candidates must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Candidates must meet the physical requirements outlined in Section II and Section VI of the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions and must possess emotional and mental 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 .
Veterans preference rules will be applied for all external recruitment outside the first area of consideration. Once basic qualifications have been determined for each candidate, preference eligible veterans will be referred to the selecting official prior to those candidates without veterans preference.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge,Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your applicationfor this position.
KSA 1 - Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
KSA 2 - Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients andtheir family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient''s problems, strengths, weaknesses, copying skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
KSA 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.
KSA 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.
KSA 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.
KSA 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.
KSA 7 - Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs ofpatients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliancewith 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.
KSA 8 - Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
If you are referred for consideration,you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which mayinclude, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
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 Tuesday, May 13, 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, , 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 forms MUST be signed and dated. Forms without signatures and dates will NOT be accepted.
The following documents are required:
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (Required)
OF306 - Declaration for Employment (Available at ). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application by all current and non-current employees/applicants.
Responses to the questionnaire. (Required)
Forms can also be obtained
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.
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 and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1110129
2. Fax your documents to .
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 Tuesday, May 13, 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 .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Manual applications will be accepted from James H. Quillen VAMC employees.
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. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:
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 perpay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federalemployee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee''s credit for theirjob-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earnannual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to theappointment date and is not guaranteed.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcementdoes not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. Theposition may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer,appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination ofthese methods to fill the position.
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