Department of Veterans Affairs - Guayama Municipio, PR

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Tour of duty: 7:30am - 4:00 pm (Full-time), part-time: 7:00am - 3:30pm or 3:30pm-12:00 MN (Sat/Sun).

Salary (grade/step) will be determined by the Social Work Professional Standards Board (PSB) as noted in the qualification standard.

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 and leadership positions 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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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U.S. Citizenship.

Must pass pre-employment examiination.

English language proficiency required.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Background/suitability investigation required.

As a Social Worker, you will provide social work services and treatment to patients who are seen in the Outpatient Mental Health Department. You will be planning and administering treatment that includes counseling and rehabilitation services (such as individual and group psychotherapy). This work includes assisting patients and their families with financial needs, transportation, housing, coping with stress and other issues. In this multi-faceted position, you will also be responsible for coordinating care among psychosocial rehabilitative services (e.g., job placement, homeless services) and primary mental health providers. This extends to coordinating community placements and complicated discharges to the home and other facilities. You will serve as a consultant to the interdisciplinary care team regarding community social agencies and VA benefits.

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 to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.

Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the GS-11 full performance level. VHA 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. Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. 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 the full California prerequisites for licensure.

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.

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.

Selective Placement Factors


1. Master's Degree in Soical Work from a collge or university accredited by theCouncil on Social Work Education.

2. At least one year, post-MSW, of professional social work expereince in a clinical setting (medical etner, clinic-medical or psychiatric, a residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profesison).

3. Social Worker license or certification in a state at the independent practive level.

4. Ability to communicate proficiently in English both orally and in writing.

5. Ability to communicate proficiently in Spanish, orally.

In addition, candidate must demonstrate how he/she meets the KSAs below:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities



Knowledge of community resources, how to make

appropriate referrals to community and other

governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.



Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient’s problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.



Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.

This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.



Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures.

This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.



Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals.

This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.



Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families.

Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification.

For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.



Ability to provide consultation services


other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.



provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students.

Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.



Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.



Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.


References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009 at:

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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(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%, non-service-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 Veterans Preference" and required documentation with your application materials.

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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 site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

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 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.

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

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