Social Worker (Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team)
Department of Veterans Affairs - San Francisco County, CA

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Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 610844

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 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:
The Homeless Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Worker, located at the Comprehensive Resource and Referral Center of the San Francisco VA Medical Center, works with the other members of the multidisciplinary PACT, performing outreach in downtown San Francisco to identify Veterans who are homeless or marginally housed, with the goal of engaging them in primary care. The Homeless PACT is a time-limited pilot program. All members will participate in outreach targeting chronically homeless Veterans wherever they are - in shelters, soup kitchens, on the streets, in parks, and in rural areas - who are eligible for VA care but who have not established ongoing primary care in the VA system. The goal is to increase stability in Veterans’ lives and assist Veterans in returning to independent, healthy, productive lifestyles.

The PACT Social Worker provides Veterans with a range of social work services, including assessment and referrals, clinical treatment, short-term case management, advocacy and service coordination, and linkage with VA and community services. He/She possesses knowledge of the needs of the homeless population and has working knowledge and experience in the use of medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment modalities. Is able to complete a comprehensive psychosocial assessment to identify strengths, needs, social support systems, disabilities, and barriers to accessing housing and available treatment options. Has general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services related to special programs, service-connected compensation, non-service connected pensions, and benefits that are available on the federal and state levels, and through city/county social services.

The Homeless PACT is sensitive to the needs of homeless Veterans and their families, realizing that homelessness creates added stress on Veterans and their loved ones. He/She is aware of the special challenges in working with Veterans with co-morbid physical, mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, and is able to work with this Veteran population. The Homeless PACT can work confidently with city/county agencies to increase resources for "on-the-street" or marginally housed Veterans.

At the GS-9 level all of these duties will be done under supervision. This is temporary position not to exceed 9/30/13. It may be extended if there is additional funding.

A relocation or recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
a. Citizenship- Must be a citizen of the United States.

b. Education- Applicants must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. 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 your social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work). You must submit copy of transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Selected applicant must provide official transcripts.

c. LICENSURE- Applicants must be licensed by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level. At the GS-9 and 11 grade levels - this may be waived for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations . 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 California, where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master’s level within one year of meeting full California prerequisites for licensure.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-9: None beyond basic requirements.

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

References: VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office

APPLICANTS 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
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 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.

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