U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$61,218.00 to $113,428.00
Open & closing dates
$61,218 to $113,428 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 11 - 13
2 vacancies in the following locations:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
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?
VAMC Tomah (http://www.tomah.va.gov/) has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in a Western/Central area of Wisconsin.
In addition to our main facility in Tomah, we offer services in four community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in La Crosse, Clark County, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. VAMC Tomah is one of eight facilities that comprise Veterans Integrated Services Network 12 (VISN12) which is administratively headquartered at Westchester, IL, and includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
For Psychologists: may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program, depending on the type of employment, schedule, amount/type of qualifying debt, and funding availability. The employee will begin to receive the benefit upon acceptance into the program - not backdated to the date employment begins. Please contact Eva.Gennara@va.gov for more information.
Salary Range for the Social Worker is $61,218 to $79,586 and the Staff Psychologist $87,252 to $113,428.
We have two vacancies, one at the Wausau CBOC and one at our Main facility at Tomah. The vacancies will be filled either as a Staff Psychologist or as a Social Worker.
Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) is an emerging discipline which works as the interface between primary care and mental health care in a blended, integrated care model assuring adequate identification and treatment of a variety of emotional and psychiatric problems .
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The therapist serves as the behavioral health co-located provider within the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) and provides on-time, on target information to Primary Care Providers (PCPs), and collaboratively makes appropriate care decisions.
Functions as a treatment advocate and guide, consultant, counselor and educator while providing integrated health care to outpatients in Primary Care.
Provides assessment and collaborative care primarily via face to face contact, resulting from a warm hand off' from the PACT provider, but may include use of other clinical technologies.
Provides education and brief interventions to patients, monitors response to and side effects from treatment, and provides education and support to patients.
Performs specialized treatment of complex physical and/or mental illness.
Performs mental health triage and determination of level of care needed as part of a thorough evaluation and consultation with the Veteran and primary care provider.
Provides advanced level case management and/or interventions used in the treatment of Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, chronic medical conditions, and other serious disorders.
Provides assessments and referral services to community agencies, ensures that staff is resourceful and has up to date knowledge regarding community and VA resources.
Assists in Mental Health by extending integrated mental health services to be available in the evenings to increase access to/for working Veterans and their families.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0185 Social Work
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Family Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
Psychiatric Social Workers
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Physical Requirements: Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common of the client population. The incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour and/or weekends as the need arises.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: superb interpersonal relations, critical thinking, problem-solving and conflict resolution; knowledge of current treatment for mental illness and the key symptoms of common psychiatric illness, knowledge of psychosocial assessment and clinical management of patients; knowledge of medications prescribed for patients with psychiatric illnesses, including patient responses and possible adverse reactions.
Basic Requirements for Social Worker: Master's degree in social work from a program approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), including but not limited to the Masters in Social Work (MSW). ~ and ~
Licensed or Certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
Grade Determinations: In addition to meeting the above requirement, must possess a minimum of one full year of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care or a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work and demonstrate:
· Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
· 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.
· 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.
· Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures.
· Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families.
· 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 independently evaluate own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
· Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications.
Basic Requirements for Staff Psychologist: Doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in a specialty area other than school psychology OR doctoral degree in any area of psychology and in addition, successfully completed a respecialization program meeting the following conditions: (A) The respecialization program must be completed in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program; and (B) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must coincide with the assignment/position. ~and~
Completed a professional psychology internship training program accredited by APA or CPA. ~and~
Possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
Grade Determination: In addition to meeting the above requirement, must possess at least 2 years of progressive experience as a psychologist. In addition, able to demonstrate the following KSAs:
- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations.
- Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health.
- Knowledge of clinical research.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standards and Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
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.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c and Copy of License
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position (Cover Letter, DD-214, and SF-15). Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
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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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/22/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
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.
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, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
Tomah VA Medical Center
500 East Veterans Street
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Website : http://www.va.gov/
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.