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Senior Social Worker Sdtp

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

$82,147.00 to $106,794.00

Houston, TX

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$82,147 to $106,794 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 12

Work schedule

Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type

Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:

Houston, TX

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)



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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.

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.

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The Substance Dependence Treatment Program

– Opioid Treatment Program (SDTP-OTP) is within the Substance Dependence

Treatment Program in the Mental Health Care Line. The SDTP

provides multiple and integrated treatment options, designed to deliver

individually tailored service to the addicted veteran. The SDTP-OTP provides specialized addictions

management to a specific veteran population and administers

information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of

service provided to patients. The

position performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning

and assessment of the program. Maintains responsibility for key

project activities related to the planning, development, and implementation of

the project component. Functions include but are not limited to:


information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of

service provided to patients. Develops and implements information

systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient

days, patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction.


responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical

program effectiveness and modification of service patterns.

The SDTP-OTP Program Coordinator performs a

wide range of services and provides technical assistance to other VA Medical

Centers, State, local, private agencies, and universities.

Performs program analysis, development, review, research, design, and contact

work as possible with various agencies (public, DOD, state, etc.). Formulates, interprets, and implements specialized OTP policies and

procedures pertaining to quality Opioid Dependent Treatment care in a mental

health program to assure compliance with internal and external performance


Provides administrative, technical and clinical supervision

necessary for accomplishing the work of the SDTP-OTP. This includes the administrative and

personnel management function relative to staff supervised.


the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice

and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Assists

the SDTP Program Director in providing administrative oversight of the SDTP by coordinating

SDTPR services offered.

Independently conducts psychosocial assessments and emotional behavioral

assessments. Develops treatment plans in

collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment

team. Incumbent possesses the skills to

offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions.

Coordinates community-based services, including

information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other

government programs and community agency programs. General knowledge of veterans' benefits

and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation,

non-service connected pension.

Facilitates referrals based upon veterans needs and eligibility.

Has working

knowledge and experience in 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. Establishes and maintains effective

therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families. Incumbent is able to independently work with

patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical

and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and

therapy skills.

As a member oft

the Social Work Practice the incumbent is accountable and responsible for:


to the Bylaws of the Social Work Practice


Practice meetings as required in the Bylaws


sufficient clinical care for competency assessment, peer review, and

credentialing and privileging processes


in a peer review process, as assigned


duties on a rotating basis, as assigned


as mentors, including new employee orientation, if privileged to perform and as



in a competency assessment process


LCSW supervision, if privileged to perform and as assigned


to serve on board and/or committees to provide for the self-governance of the



in data collection and practice standardization activities


information to Social Work Professional Practice Council regarding their needs

as an individual practice member

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, alternate hours for evenings and weekends may be required.

Functional Statement Title: Senior Social Worker

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

US Citizens and Status Candidates

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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0185 Social Work

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Conditions of Employment

Must be a current permanent employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Must Submit most recent non-award SF-50

You must possess an advanced licensure LCSW

Must submit documents required (Transcripts, Licensure, 10-2850C, OF306)

Must meet all requirements outlined in vacancy announcement

Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (15 lbs and under); Light Carrying (15 lbs and under Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13 to 16; Hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

Participation in the seasonal

influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all

Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP

are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where

patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of

their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and

associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient

clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP

include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and

unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis

employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who

work at these facilities.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Social Worker, GS-185, as set forth in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-39.

Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Social Worker, GS-185 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. 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 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. Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level(GS-11). For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.

- 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.

Grade Requirements:

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 (see paragraph 3a(c)). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) 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. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

2. 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.

3. 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.

5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

Official transcripts are required in order to receive credit for education claimed in connection with the qualification requirements, although transcript copies will be accepted pending receipt of official transcripts. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.


References: Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


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.

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

·Other (VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations, Licensure, Transcripts)



·Transcript Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

·Cover Letter


To qualify, you must submit proof of LCSW Licensure at the time of application.

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.

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 2028151.

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.

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.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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 Wednesday, January 24, 2018 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.

Agency contact information

Holli R. Walker








VHA Houston VAMC

Department of Veteran Affairs

Michael E DeBakey VAMC 2002 Holcombe BL

Houston, TX

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Next steps


we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the

vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure

qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if

your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers,

we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a

referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their

status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a

notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will

be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an

interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a

selection decision has been made.


may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS

account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update

of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant

notification points

can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
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Company Profile
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.

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