Social Worker
Department of Veterans Affairs - Jackson, MS

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Vacancy Identification Number

(VIN): 801193

Salary:
To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

The

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are

Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

KEY REQUIREMENTS

US citizenship

English language proficiency

Background/suitability investigation

Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

Must be licensed or certified

Valid and unrestricted Driver License

DUTIES:
Work Schedule:
Primarily 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Alternate Tours may apply. Alternate tours include, but are not limited to, evening and weekend coverage, 10 hour shifts, 12 hour shifts, etc..

Schedule flexible to meet the needs of the veteran and the VA.

Below is a list of the current positions and a brief description of functions:

On a separate cover sheet list the position(s) you are applying for. Indicate if you are willing to be considered for any other position(s) other than the position (s) listed on your cover page? Yes/ No

Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Social Worker (1 positions):

The incumbent will provide comprehensive case management to Veterans diagnosed with a Mental Health Diagnosis.

Services include but are not limited to providing case management services in the Veterans’ homes and/or community; developing recovery plans; providing individual/group counseling; relapse prevention; advocacy; resource referrals; intervention in crisis situations.

Primary Care Social Worker (1 positions):
Provide social work services that include but are not limited to completing Advance Directives, Nursing Home assessments, resource referrals,

psychosocial assessments, treatment planning.

Incumbent also provides brief case management, consultation services to other staff members, and utilizes appropriate judgment and skills in implementing supportive problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

Psychiatric Inpatient Social Worker (1 position):
The incumbent will provide

social work services to Veterans on the acute Psychiatric wing that include but are not limited to completing Advance Directives, Nursing Home assessments, resource referrals,

psychosocial assessments, treatment/recovery planning.

Incumbent also conducts rounds with the physician, provides brief case management, and conducts group therapy.

Housing Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Social Worker (2 positions):

The incumbent will provide comprehensive case management to homeless Veterans.

Services include but are not limited to

providing continuous coordination with the community’s homeless providers and coalitions; facilitating collaborative efforts supported through HUD Section 8 rental assistance vouchers; assisting with leasing agreements;

providing case management services in the Veterans’ homes and/or community; developing recovery plans; advocacy; resource referrals; intervention in crisis situations.

NOTE: The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is

in the range of

GS-11

or

GS-12.

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.

Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship

English language proficiency (written and spoken)

Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

License, Registration, Certification Requirements (as applicable)

Education Requirements: Senior Social Worker must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination.

Experience Requirements: Senior Social Worker 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G39, QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 13, 2009.

Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must me be met when determining the grade of candidates.

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.

SPECIALLIZED ECPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of two years 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 worker 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.

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. [If applicable]

NOTE:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to

http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp

.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp

.

OTHER INFORMATION:
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

CTAP and ICTAP PRIORITY CONSIDERATION:
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistant Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet requirements of 5CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Performance Based Interviewing may be used as part of the selection process for this position.

For information on Performance Based Interviewing, please contact the Human Resources Specialist or Assistant responsible for this announcement (

see information contact person

) and/or go to website

www.va.gov/pbi

.

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

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

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)

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