Social Worker; Team Leader (Vet Center; Interdisciplinary Vacancy)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
1127165
## Social Worker; Team Leader (Vet Center; Interdisciplinary Vacancy)
## Closing Thursday, June 12, 2014
THIS VACANCY IS BEING ANNOUNCED AS A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNCSELOR, SOCIAL WORKER AND PSYCHOLOGIST AND LICENSED MARRIAGE& FAMILY THERAPIST; THE VACANCY SELECTION WILL BE FILLED BY ONE OF THESE DISCIPLINES.
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.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) 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.
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 Must have Social Work License at the Advanced Practice Level
DUTY HOURS: Monday -- Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; some nights and weekends are required to meet mission demands.
The Vet Center Team Leader is responsible for the over-all clinical and administrative operation of the Vet Center. The Team Leader in coordination with the regional manager defines the mission and scope of practice of the Center according to policies of Readjustment Counseling Service and the needs of the local veteran community. The incumbent supervises the staff of the Vet Center and is responsible for evaluating their performance. The Team Leader develops networks and working relationships external to the Vet Center and the Department of Veteran Affairs with veteran service organizations, community based agencies, and mental health organizations to enhance service delivery and develop referrals of veteran clients to appropriate care. The Team Leader develops priorities, based upon the direction of the Regional Manager, and makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory members of the Regional Manager''s office. The incumbent serves as a consultant and subject matter expert to programs and resources external to the Vet center on matters of readjustment needs of veterans.
The Social Worker provides readjustment counseling to eligible veterans, service members and family members in the Vet Center program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling to veterans and family members for issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, and other issues impacting upon a veteran''s ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:
Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3,section A, paragraph 3g this part.)
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.
Licensure: 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. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRMwebsite .
Different states have different levels of licensure or certification, making it difficult for VHA staff to determine the independent practice level. Each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia completed surveys identifying the level of licensure or certification allowing independent practice. Copies of the survey surveys are on file in the Office of Social Work Service and a summary spreadsheet of the levels of licensure or certification is available to social work professional standards board members for purposes of determining whether the social worker''s level of licensure or certification meets the VHA qualification standards. All states except California use a series of licensure exams administered by the Association of Social WorkBoards (ASWB). The ASWB is the association of boards that regulate social work. ASWB develops and maintains the social work licensing examination used across the country and is a central resource for information on the legal regulation of social work. The ASWB offers three examinations. The master''s examination is generally used by states for the independent practice level of licensure or certification, while the advanced generalist and the clinical examinations are used for the advanced practice level of licensure or certification. Differences between the master''s and the advanced exams demonstrate the expectation that advanced practice social workers will have a more sophisticated knowledge of practice theory and its application.
Preferred Experience:
A valid driver''s license.
Program Management and Administrative Supervisory Experience.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE,PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUREXPERIENCE.GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
GS-12 Supervisory Social Worker: At this level, Individuals assigned as Supervisory Social Workers must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for subordinate staff to qualify for licensure. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. They may have certification or other post-master''s degree 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 addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.
2. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision,consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
3. Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers.
4. Ability to provide administrative supervision and clinical supervision,including supervision for social work licensure.
Creditable Experience:
Note: Advanced PracticeLevel: AdvancedPractice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expertclinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area ofpractice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack anyfamilial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently failto comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in copingskills and require continuing professional psychological support. The advancedpractice or Senior Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practiceskills; has expertise in participating in the professional development ofcolleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership indeveloping and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstratesleadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and hasthe ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession. The advancedpractice or Senior Social Worker will makeindependent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; theconsequences to the veteran of these decisions and actions may be quite serious.Work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of matureprofessional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex socialwork practice skills not typically required in routine social workinterventions. The advanced practice or senior social worker has mastered a range of specialized interventions and providesconsultation to colleagues, renders professional opinions based on experienceand expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention,and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis andtreatment. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker utilizes outcomeevaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empiricalfindings.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39.
PLEASE NOTE (unofficial copy of transcript require): 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.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Straight pulling, 2 hours; Walking, 2 hours; Standing, 2 hours; Kneeling, 1 hour; Repeated bending, 1 hour; Both legs required; Operation of a motor vehicle; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and mental stability; Far Vision correctable in each eye to 20/40; Incidental Driver of patients
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 checklistor visit .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the 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, June 12, 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 the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
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.
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required) .
Unofficial copy of transcript (required).
Copy of license (required).
OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - October 2011 (Available ).
Required forms _must_ be _completed_, _signed_ and _dated_. Incomplete applications will not be considered. _We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc._
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.
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.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1127165.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 12, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.
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. 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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