Social Worker (CBOC Scottsburg)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Louisville, KY

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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.

Join the battle to end Veteran Homelessness...

Did you know about one third of the adult homeless population have served their country in the Armed Services? Current population estimates suggest that about 131,000 Veterans (male and female) are homeless on any given night and perhaps twice as many experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year. During a recent summit, Secretary to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, opened by stating, "I am here to end homelessness among veterans." Secretary Shinseki has made outreach to homeless veterans an agency priority.

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.

The Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) improves the health of our veterans by providing a continuum of care through an integrated health care delivery system. We are a tertiary care facility classified as a level 1c facility affiliated with the University of Louisville, as such integrates teaching, research, and advanced patient care, making it an attractive academic medical center. The facility offers a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services, using state-of-the-art technology and innovative programs, as well as education and research benefits to Veterans residing in 40 counties in central and western Kentucky and in southern Indiana.

In recognition of continued efforts to improve patient care, the medical center was awarded the Robert W. Carey 2007 Performance Achievement Award, 2008 Performance Excellence Award, 2009 Trophy Award and 2010 Circle of Excellence Award, and the 2009 Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence Achievement Award.

Join the VA team and become a part of this initiative!

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 842815

This position is located within the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service and physically located at the Scottsburg CBOC with some travel to the Louisville VA Medical Center and other CBOCs within the community as needed.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the GS-9. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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 May Be Authorized: NO

Appraised Value Offer Program (formerly GHBO) May Be Authorized: NO

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
You must pass a pre-employment physical exam.
Fingerprints must be taken and adjudicated prior to employment.

English Language Proficiency requirement DUTIES:
This full-time position is located within the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service of the Robley Rex VAMC and is physically located at the Scottsburg CBOC. This position provides Mental Health services to the veteran population enrolled in an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (CBOC) through the Louisville Veterans Administration Medical Center in VISN9. Services include provision of high quality psychotherapy, case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers / agencies as needed by the client. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the MHC Team or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am-4:30pm with some variance as needed.

Physical Requirements: This position requires occasional travel. Physical activity involves walking, bending, stooping, climbing stairs and carrying light items such as papers books or other supplies. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Eligibility: Must be a U.S. Citizen. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Must be licensed or certified at the Master's level to independently practice social work in a state.

Basic education requirement for all grades: Applicant must possess a Master's Degree in Social Work from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.

Specialized experience for GS-11 level: Requires on year of professional social work experience equivalent to the GS-9 level, under qualified social work supervision. 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. No specialized experience is required at the GS-9 level.

Substituting education for experience at the GS-11 level: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-11 level, applicants 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.

Selection Criteria for this position: These are considered to be enhancing. (Be sure to include in your resume)

Possess psychotherapy and case management experience

Possess LCSW

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of theft license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.

5. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students.

**Please ensure your knowledge skills and abilities are adequately addressed in your federal resume**

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC (e.g., Company/organization name, position title, dates of employment (month/year), and number of hours per week). WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your résumé/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G 39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc , dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

Original transcripts will not be returned.

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 (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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

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. Veteran's 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 preference.

For more information on Veterans Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

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 your 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 cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. 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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/index.asp

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. For hard to recruit/retain occupations, VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Vet-Pro (VA electronic credentialing system): Upon selection, you will be provided with information on how to use Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro was implemented on July 1, 2005. As part of the VA's pre-appointment process, it is necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure, certificate, or registration using Vet-Pro. Vet-Pro credentialing must be successfully completed prior to entering on duty.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 “u”, Schedule A, ( http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp ) Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

*** Relocation and/or Recruitment INCENTIVE(s) may be authorized for an exceptionally well qualified applicant.***

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