Social Worker
Department Of Justice - Victorville, CA

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Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? Do your Career Justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 35,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?

Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution. If you are above the maximum entry age and have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you MUST submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship is Required

See Special Conditions of Employment Section

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the

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DUTIES:
What are the Major Duties of this Position?

The Social Worker has the full professional responsibility for managing his/her case load. The incumbent works with a wide range of offenders/patients, all ages, some acutely psychotic, some very assaultive, and some terminally ill. The social worker must have patience, maturity, and professional understanding of all Bureau of Prisons policy, local policy, and federal statutes relating to the function of the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Parole Commission. When necessary, the Social Worker is required to testify on behalf of the facility and the Bureau of Prisons regarding handling of inmates and medical/mental health treatment.

The Social Worker is responsible for all community planning which may involve community treatment placement, state hospital placement, medical hospital placement, or other aftercare situations. The Social Worker works closely with a wide variety of individuals and agencies such as attorneys, Federal Probation Officers, physicians/hospital personnel, Department of Mental Health and/or correctional offices, social workers, Public Health Officers, nursing home directors, and Veteran's Administration officials, along with other Bureau of Prisons' staff. Required to meet regularly with inmates and institutional staff to resolve complaints and address issues of mutual concern. Written and telephonic communication is often required with Bureau of Prisons personnel, other agencies and the general public. Initiate contacts with patients admitted for various studies explaining the availability of social services. Participate as an Interdisciplinary Team member including service as liaison between patient and community services, involvement in daily rounds, conferences and other meetings pertinent to patient evaluation and treatment, so that optimal care and post hospital placement is facilitated. Provide family therapy, individual counseling and group therapy with other treatment staff. Provide group psychotherapy to patients assigned to discharge group.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
How Do I Qualify for this Position?

To be considered for the position, you must meet the following:

Basic requirements:
Degree: Social Work. Must fulfill all of the requirements for the master's degree in social work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Master's degree with practicum: Applicants who complete all of the requirements for a master's degree in social work that included a practicum are eligible for GL-09 .

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website:

Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must have:
Education:
GL-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

OR

Experience GS-11: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with specific qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience GL-09:
Experience showing knowledge in the areas of psycho-social, cultural, economic human behavior dynamics, as they specifically relate to the patient faced with acute or chronic illness.

Experience in the theories, principles and values of social work required to develop and maintain social work programs in assigned areas.

Experience in the categories of mental illness, theories of personality, defense mechanisms, usual forma of psychiatric treatment, and psychological testing.

Some examples of this qualifying experience GS-11 :
Experience demonstrating a professional knowledge of the theories, principles and values of social work required to develop and maintain social work programs and to manage a wide range of patients, e.g., various ages, acutely psychotic, assaultive, and/or terminally ill.

Experience showing knowledge in the areas of psycho-social, cultural, economic human behavior dynamics, as they specifically relate to a patient faced with acute or chronic illness.

Experience showing knowledge of the categories of mental illness, theories of personality, defense mechanisms, usual forms of psychiatric treatment, and psychological testing.

Experience providing family therapy, individual counseling and/or group therapy with other treatment staff.

OR

GL-09 and GS-11: Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.

AND

Selective Placement Factors:
Applicants applying for this position MUST also possess the following Selective Factor:

Applicants must be licensed as a Social Worker in the state in which he/she practices.

In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST submit Social Worker license verification. This document MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application. **

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) . The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Best Qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.

In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category (i.e. Best Qualified).
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BENEFITS:
The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees:
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OTHER INFORMATION:
The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation. The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:
Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.

This position has been identified as test designated. Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.

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