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Social Worker

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
US Citizens and Status Candidates Multiple Appointment Types Multiple Schedules
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1276596
Currently, we are recruiting for the following vacancies however, other vacanies may be filled under this announcement.
Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program Cherry Street Compensated Work Therapy Transitional
Residence Program Director, Social Worker - Leeds, MA
Outpatient Mental Health, Social Worker - Leeds, MA
Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, Social Worker - Leeds, MA
Substance Use Disorder Clinic, Social Worker - Leeds, MA
Outpatient Mental Health, Social Worker - Pittsfield, MA
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 to /
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.
Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under this vacancy.
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.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm however, other tours of duty may be required.
Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker
Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program Cherry Street Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Residence Program Director - Leeds, MA (GS-12 only)
The incumbent serves as Program Director for VA Central Western MA Healthcare System, the Cherry Street Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence (CWT/TR) located in downtown Northampton, MA. The Program Director is responsible for all administrative and clinical duties related to the Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence (CWT/TR), providing treatment to Veterans who are homeless and diagnosed with a substance use disorder and other co-existing disorders. These services include provision of high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers and/or agencies, as needed by the client. This is accomplished in collaboration with members of the Vocational Rehabilitation Department staff and the Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Residence (CWT/TR) treatment team members. The goals of the program are to help Veterans find employment, housing and improve their overall mental health functioning. The program helps Veterans build a network and foundation in recovery to help them achieve independence. The Program Director, in conjunction with the treatment team, provides direct patient care services to the Veterans. Clinically, the Director is responsible for direct patient care services. Administratively, the Director develops policies and procedures for program operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The coordinator is responsible for the program's budget and various control points assigned to the program. The Program Director is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice related to diagnoses and a diverse patient population.
Outpatient Mental Health Social Worker - Leeds, MA
The incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to one of the Community Based Outpatient Clinic's (CBOC's) within the Mental Health Service line at Northampton, MA. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of veterans referred to the Community Based Outpatient Clinic's (CBOC's). The incumbent completes thorough psychosocial assessments as part of the consult process when the Veteran's are initially referred. The incumbent works within a core treatment team milieu. Provides individual, group, couples, family couseling, crisis intervention and referral for resources and benefits.
Inpatient Psychiatry Unit Social Worker - Leeds, MA
The incumbent is responsible for the management, coordination and provision of social work services to Veterans and their families on an inpatient psychiatric unit. The incumbent is responsible for completing psychosocial history and assessments, advance directives, treatment planning, case management, individual, couples and group counseling, and coordination of discharge plans for Veterans admitted to an inpatient psychiatry unit. The incumbent will also provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources, organ donation and VA benefits.
Substance Use Disorder Clinic Social Worker - Leeds, MA
The incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to the Substance Use Disorder Clinic (SUD-C) on the Medical Center Campus of VA Central Western Massachusetts Heathcare System. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans referred to Substance Use Disorder Clinic (SUD-C). The incumbent must be able to assess and treat clients who suffer from addictive disorders, including dual diagnoses. The incumbent completes thorough psychosocial assessments as part of the consult process when the Veteran's in initially referred. The incumbent works within a core treatment team milieu. Provides individual, group, couples, family counseling, crisis intervention and referral for resources and benefits.
Outpatient Mental Health Social Worker - Pittsfield, MA
The incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to one of the Community Based Outpatient Clinic's (CBOC's) within the Mental Health Service line at Pittsfield, MA. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of veterans referred to the Community Based Outpatient Clinic's (CBOC's). The incumbent completes thorough psychosocial assessments as part of the consult process when the Veteran's are initially referred. The incumbent works within a core treatment team milieu. Provides individual, group, couples, family couseling, crisis intervention and referral for resources and benefits.
Basic Requirements:
U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Licensure: License or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
English Language Proficiency
GS-9 Social Worker.
Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. The candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
(1) Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, 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.
(2) Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to 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.
(3) Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
(4) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.
(5) Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
(6) Knowledge 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.
(7) Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.
GS-11 Social Worker.
Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
(1) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) 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.
(6) 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.
(7) 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. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
GS-12 Senior Social Worker.
Experience, Education and Licensure. Senior Social Workers 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. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
(1) Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.
(2) Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.
(3) Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
(4) Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services.
(5) Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs.
(6) Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
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: This position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. This position requires; light lifting (under 25 pounds), light carrying (under 25 pounds), reaching above shoulder(s), use of fingers, walking (8 hours), standing (8 hours), repeated bending, hearing (aid permitted), working closely with others, working alone, and protracted or irregular hours of work.
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.
Grade Determinations: 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range ofGS-09to GS-12. 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 Monday, December 22, 2014 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.
Required Documents.
Resume
Transcripts
VA Form 10-2850c
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 1276596.
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. 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.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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