Social Worker
Department of Veterans Affairs - Hagåtña, GU

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 793887

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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed

in that specific grade

. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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

SALARY: Currently authorized 13.84% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in addition to base pay. COLA is subject to change without notice.



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U.S. Citizenship Required.

Must pass pre-employment examiination.

English language proficiency required.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Background/suitability investigation required.

Master’s degree in Social Work

The social worker provides services independently in the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)


an island away from the


Pacific Island Health Care System (PIHCS) in Honolulu. The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide case management, psychosocial assessments, direct clinic services to veterans and families, (i.e., Individual, family, marital and group therapy, supportive casework, education, triage, crisis intervention,

and milieu management),

treatment planning, outreach, community placement services, and referrals to various community agencies. Social worker will also complete periodic program planning evaluations

and reviews and

will recommend

and implement new programs and/or modifications/expansion of existing programs.

The social

worker will

independently provide a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and integrate It into an overall plan of care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others, whenever possible. The goal of the assessment, via clinic or home visit,


to highlight the veteran’s strengths, limitations, and Internal/external supports and service needs in order to optimize the veteran’s

functional status

and safely maintain the veteran in the community. It


the responsibility of the social worker, working within the disciplinary treatment team, to develop a treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment.

The social worker possesses the advanced practice skills to independently make a psychosocial and/or psychiatric diagnosis within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice,


psychosocial Interventions, and then measures

outcomes to interventions. Social



and can

facilitate interdisciplinary

CBOC and Home

Based Primary Care plan meetings.


assessments and updating treatment plans are done when necessary.

The social worker is able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community agency programs.

Has expert knowledge of veteran’s benefits and services relating to special programs. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives, and will refer veterans/families to the appropriate discipline for identified health education needs.

Independently provides assessment, case management


and referral; crisis intervention; discharge planning; coordinates non-institutional or institutional services; directs clinical care to veterans and family members, (i.e. individual, family, marital and group therapy, supportive casework, education, triage, and milieu management); and advocates for the best interests of the veteran.

Provides interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytrauma injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions, homelessness, and other highly complex conditions.

U.S. citizenship.

Master’s degree in social work (MSW) 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.

Licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination.

Requires a minimum of two years of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care demonstrating possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently and make independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action. (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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER


, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


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. ***

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


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INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

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, 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


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...