Social Worker
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Nashville, TN

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Salary commensurate with education and experience will be determined by a Professional Standards Board.

PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (SEE CHECKLIST) ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.

FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATON PACKAGE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION

APPLICANTS MUST MEET ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AS STATED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CLOSING DATE TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

This position will involve extensive travel for community visits and outreach activities to assist the Veterans Housing and Urban Development-VA Support Housing (HUD-VASH) program.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 650911 (Please include on all documents)

Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service.

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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

Nashville offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities. Nashville, better known as "Music City USA," is the capital of Tennessee and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams. Tennessee does not have a state income tax.

The Social Worker provide clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.

Must be Licensed/certified-Advanced Practice Level of Social Work

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Must pass a pre-employment physical examination

Must possess a valid driver's license and have a good driving record

DUTIES:
Incumbent will coordinate services with the community's homeless providers and coalitions as well as with other local, state, and Federal agencies. The incumbent will be responsible for the Veterans Housing and Urban Development-VA Support Housing (HUD-VASH) program coordination and development, plus primary responsibility for the provision of or coordination of the VA's intensive case management services to those veterans utilizing the HUD/VASH housing vouchers. The primary goal of HUD/VASH is to move veterans and their families out of chronic homelessness. Incumbent will be responsible for the assessment, identification, facilitation and referral to appropriate medical and psychiatric services to those veterans identified as appropriate for the HUD/VASH program. He/she will evaluate the veteran's situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrive at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and prioritization for admission. Incumbent will assess at-risk factors and develop a preliminary plan, involving the veteran and family or significant others, and perform an insightful assessment of serious complicated cases involving psychiatric illness which may also include, catastrophic medical condition, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other high risks diagnoses. As part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment, the incumbent will interview the veterans situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the veterans functioning and health. The incumbent will review all data, subjective and objective and make a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Based on the psychosocial assessment, the incumbent will use professional judgment and advanced practice skills to make a psychosocial diagnosis. Incumbent will provide referral to VA medical and mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. The incumbent will establish procedures and coordinate the screening and admission process for the HUD/VASH program by developing and maintaining criteria that recognizes program eligibility, prioritization for program acceptance, and requirements of the public housing agencies. The incumbent will be responsible for clinical social work practice in the area to which assigned, including promotion of social work services as a key component of treatment. The incumbent will organize community services on behalf of homeless veterans developing and coordinating procedures for use of these services by related staff. He/she will provide direct mental health and substance abuse services for veterans and family members or significant others in support of the veteran's treatment. The incumbent will establish a continuing relationship with the veteran, evaluate progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate. The incumbent will be responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping, and monitoring patient or program clinical indicators, thresholds, and performance measurements.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Specialized Experience. Must have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice.

Licensure: M ust be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level (LCSW or equivalent) which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.

Education: The basic requirements for employment as a VA social worker are prescribed by statute, Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) §7409(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, November 1, 2000 All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Have a master's degree in social work (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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.) Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings 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.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package to include a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information go to http://www.opm.gov/insure/archive/health/new_employees.asp

OTHER INFORMATION:

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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...