U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$61,218.00 to $79,586.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$61,218 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade
2 vacancies in the following location:
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
Specially designated HUD funding for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program provides rental assistance under a supported housing program for homeless veterans. Known as the HUD-VASH program, it combines Section 8 rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community clinics. Ongoing VA clinical services, healthcare, and other supportive services are made available to homeless veterans through local VA medical facilities.
The social worker is a professional social worker and functions as a Clinician for the Salt Lake City VAMC HUD-VASH Program. This program falls within the Homeless and Justice Clinical Recovery (HJCR) Program of the Mental Health Services Care Line. The social worker is assigned to the VA Medical Center and provides comprehensive social work services to homeless veterans and their families enrolled in the HUD-VASH program.
The social worker serves as a primary point of contact with the partnering local Public Housing Authority, provides comprehensive social work services to homeless veterans and their families enrolled in the HUD-VASH program, and ensures the veteran's care is appropriately coordinated with the VA Medical Facility, community health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations. He/She acts as a liaison between VA and community resources.
Work schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. May be required to work some weeknight and/or weekend hours in support of the program. To be negotiated with supervisor.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker (HUD-VASH Program)/50174A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
If you are a current permanent VA employee, please apply to announcement CASC-10187908-18-SY
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The incumbent will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members.
The incumbent will provide individual, family and group therapy as appropriate.
The incumbent will provide ongoing clinical case management, and early treatment interventions that help to promote sustained stability in subsidized permanent housing to Veterans and families throughout the continuum of care.
The incumbent develops comprehensive treatment plans that address the factors that contribute to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework.
The incumbent is able to coordinate community resources and community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, government programs and nonprofit agencies.
Incumbent independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of homeless Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to the treatment plan.
The incumbent will travel in the community, within 50 miles, to provide services to Homeless Veterans, and network with community agencies on the Veteran's behalf.
The incumbent completes documentation in an accurate and timely fashion according to directions.
Other duties as assigned.
76% or greater - Travel within and outside the community will be required within a 50 mile radius.
Job family (Series)
0185 Social Work
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
Public Health Social Workers
School Social Workers
Social Workers, All Other
Conditions of Employment
Must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. Social Worker must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the social worker or others. Position requires walking throughout the clinic and/or Medical Center, standing for extended periods of time, and involves sitting at a computer and in counsel and consultation with Veterans and interdisciplinary teams. Position will require considerable travel into the community to meet with community agencies and partners who provide assistance and support to the HUD-VASH Program and its Veterans. This position also requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and repetitive motions of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. Must Have a Master's Degree in Social Work 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that Social Work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master of 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 OHRM website.
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, this part.
Preferred Experience: Must have at least 1 year of full-time experience post LCSW providing individual and group therapy, and clinical case management.
Must have at least 1 year of full-time experience post LCSW providing clinical services to individuals with Substance Use Disorder issues.
Must have at least 1 year of of full-time experience conducting psychosocial assessments that include making independent diagnoses.
Must have at least 1 full year of full-time experience, post LCSW experience developing treatment plans.
Must have at least 1 full year of providing community-based services to a vulnerable population.
GS-11 Social Worker
(a) 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.
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 in subparagraph (b) below.
(b) 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 patients' 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.
8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
(c) 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50 Part II Appendix G39.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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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. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10187911
and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/23/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Sokhan York Sokhan York
(801) 584-1284 X2205
VA SALT LAKE CITY HCS
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.