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Social Worker - Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
This position is open to current permanent Federal Employees ONLY. Excepted Service Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1290589
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.
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go
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.
If you are NOT an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement VHA-613-15-KM1290596BU EXT
Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under VHA-613-15-KM1290589BU INT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT .
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
You will provide Mental Health services to the veteran population enrolled at the Harrisonburg, VA or Cumberland, MD Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Services provided will include case management, individual and group therapy, clinical treatment, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies, as needed by the client. This is accomplished in collaboration with members of the Social Worker's Respective members of their inpatient mental health treatment teams and other interdisciplinary treatment teams, as appropriate.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Provide direct services to adult and geriatric veterans enrolled in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program.
Provide high quality case management, clinical treatment and advocacy.
Coordinate with appropriate VA and community service providers/agencies as needed by the client.
Collaborate with other members of the HBPC team or other interdisciplinary treatment trends as appropriate (i.e. Specialty clinics, CLC Units, Primary Clinics, etc).
Responsible for assessment, planning and provision of case management services in the HPBC Program.
Coordinate a variety of activities including: outreach, interdisciplinary activities, psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, consultation/education to Medical center staff and CBOC service providers.
Collect and maintain statistical data for program planning evaluation and modification.
Supervise students as assigned.
The incumbent at the Cumberland, MD or Harrisonburg, VA CBOC must be willing to travel throughout the catchment area to provide patient care and can expect to be away from the CBOC in excess of 90% of the duty day. Telework may be authorized due to limited office space at these locations. Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Functional Statement Title: Clinical Social Worker Community Based Outpatient Mental Health Clinic.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Citizenship - Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates)
Education - 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). 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.
License - Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
Physical Standards - A pre-employment physical examination is required for selected candidates.
English Language Proficiency - Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
Creditable Experience: Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices - To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.
Quality of Experience - Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.
Part-Time Experience - Part-time experience as a professional social worker is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a social worker employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
Fellowships or Post-Graduate Training - Fellowship and post-graduate training programs are typically in a specialized area of clinical practice, i.e., group or family practice. Training as a fellow or post-graduate may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.
Practicum in a VA Setting - A VHA practicum experience may not be substituted for experience, as the practicum (field placement) is completed prior to graduation with a master's degree in social work.
Grade Determinations - In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-11 Social Worker - GS-11 Social Worker requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR, In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
Assignments - This is the full performance level for social workers. GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.
Preferred Experience:
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER STANDARD, dated FEBRUARY 29, 2012.
Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
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
A valid drivers license is required for the Home Based Primary Care Social Worker.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G-39. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: /. 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: Use of fingers; Walking (4 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Other (specify): Clear Speech; Standing (4 hours); Both legs required (Prosthesis permitted); Hearing (aid permitted).
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 08, 2015 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Other (VA-10-2850c)
Resume
SF-50
Transcript
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
DD-214
OF-306
Other Veterans Document
SF-15
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required) .
Please use this checklist__to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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 .
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1290589.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
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.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Appointment to this position is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a Background Investigation. Candidates selected may be fingerprinted prior to appointment.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: A drug test may be required for any applicant tentatively selected from outside the VA Medical Center. 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. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.
A valid drivers license is required for this position.

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