Social Worker (OEF/OIF/OND)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Jackson, MS

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) T 882384

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? 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”).

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Education (MSW)
  • LCSW Licensure Required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and or Security Investigation required
  • English Language Proficiency required

DUTIES: Tour of Duty: Primarily Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Schedule is flexible to meet the needs of the Veteran and the VA.

The Clinical Social Worker is a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities relate to the care management of severely ill and injured OIF and OEF service members and Veterans treated at the facility. The social worker must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of OEF and OIF service members and Veterans as they transition to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care. Care management responsibilities also include providing supportive services to families. In addition, the incumbent assists OEF and OIF service members and Veterans in coping with acute illness, chronic illness, combat stress, the residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI), community adjustment, addictions, and other health and mental health problems. The social worker case manager addresses home care needs, homelessness, and transition across levels and sites of care. Social Work care management practice, which includes psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, is focused on helping OEF and OIF service members, Veterans and their families maximize rehabilitation and treatment potential and achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive emotional and social functioning.

Relocation Expenses/Bonus is not authorized.


1. CITIZENSHIP: U.S. Citizen.

2. EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree in Social Work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work .

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. You can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

3. LICENSURE: Must be licensed or certified at the Master’s level to independently practice social work in a state .

4. ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY IS REQUIRED . Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

5. EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT : Experience must have been in a healthcare clinical setting working with the adult population where chronic mental health/homelessness is the focus of care and case management, must have demonstrated the potential to perform assignments independently, OR a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the one ( 1 ) year of professional social work experience in a healthcare clinical setting.

Healthcare Clinical Setting : Defined as a medical center, medical or psychiatric outpatient clinic, or a residential treatment center; healthcare clinical setting focus is with the adult population where chronic mental health/homelessness is the focus; the social work experience demonstrates participation in collaborative treatment and identified with the medical and mental health profession.

GS-11: Requires one ( 1 ) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level. In addition to meeting all basic requirements, one ( 1 ) year of professional social work experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level, under qualified social work supervision . The experience is directly related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of that position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled . Must meet all basic requirements. Specialized experience can be defined as the experience providing clinical evidence based treatment, case management, services and interventions; knowledge or experience working in a health care setting is preferred; community outreach; resource development; continuous quality improvement activities; and evaluation/consultation; developing and establishing linkages and collaborates on VA support efforts with community healthcare and social service agencies; participating in identification and assessment and the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions; and implementing education focused on specific needs/issues. This specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

Experience, Education and Licensure: For the GS-11 level, the Social Worker must be licensed at the State's Independent level. Experience listed must demonstrate possession of a Independent practice skills and judgment, case management, working with adult populations in an inpatient or outpatient healthcare setting as defined above, demonstrating progressively a professional competency.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12 LEVEL: Under no circumstances will the educational requirements be waived. Under no circumstances will licensure requirements be waived for grade levels GS-12- or above.

Salary / Grade is to be determined by Social Worker Professional Standards Board dependent upon selectee's qualifications, (i.e. education and experience).

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker. QUALIFICATION STANDARE, dated January 13, 2010 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at h at

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 (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: Al l 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work may require using appropriate methods of resources to physically restrain veterans who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require accommodating the needs of physically disabled veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects such as medical records.

Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .

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.

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 .

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.

OTHER INFORMATION: DRUG TESTING AND PHYSICAL: All 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. A pre-employment physical examination shall be made to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates for appointment in the VA.

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.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP ) eligible's must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a 'Notice of Personnel Action' (SF-50) noting current or last position, grade level, duty location and documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. All applicants must also submit their current, or last, performance appraisal.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

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

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