U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$73,375.00 to $95,388.00
Open & closing dates
$73,375 to $95,388 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent
3 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.
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
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 Mental Health Intensive Case Management
(MHICM) Program serves veterans with severe chronic mental illness.The role of
the MHICM Social Worker is to both provide social work services and to help
develop and help coordinate the intensive case management services that are
provided by the MHICM team to veterans in the community. The role requires incumbent to help team
leads conduct, evaluate,
and coordinate the execution of the program (this may include helping to
coordinate the following activities: day-to-day staffing schedules, staff
productivity, program/staff efficiency, program/staffing cost effectiveness,
quality performance, outcomes and/or coordination of clinic effectiveness and
clinic productivity). The incumbent is expected to help conductprogram analysis, provide appropriate
assessments of the outcomes and make recommendations as needed. The social worker will help the team meet
Joint Commission and CARF accreditation standards; establishes and maintains effective
relationships with veterans with SMI and
their families and their community support staff; works independently with
veterans and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical,
and social problems utilizing individual, group, family therapy and therapy
skills; works independently, and evaluates
their own practice, through peer review, case conferences and other
organizational means. Incumbent is able
to communicate effectively, both orally, and in writing with VA staff members,
veterans and community members from varied backgrounds; consults with other
MHICM employees performing work at various GS levels up to their own grade and
provides administrative, technical and clinical consultation necessary for accomplishing
the work of the program; assigned administrative
responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical
program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Functions include but are not limited to:
information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of
service provided to patients. Helps todevelop and implements information systems to
track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient days,
patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction.
Maintains responsibility to help with the daily work
assignment of team members, as well as help with the administrative functions
relative to the MHICM staff.
Performs work related to the review, monitoring,
analysis, planning and assessment of the program. Responsible for key project activities
related to the planning, development, and implementation of the program's components.
A substantial portion of the workload
directed by this position is carried out at one or more locations that are
physically removed from themain unit
under conditions that make day-to-day supervision difficult to administer.
consultation to the Care Line administrative and supervisory staff, colleagues
and students on the clinical, case management and recovery-oriented
applications for severely mentally ill patients, rendering professional
opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social
work practice skills.
the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of
practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications.
and administrates the monitoring and reporting of research data and statistics
to the Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC). This includes interviews, data collection,
monthly caseload reports, and submission of annual reports on the development,
workload, and costs of the program. Helps
ensures the MHICM program maintains fidelity to the MHICM operating principles
and evidence-based clinical procedures per the current VHA Directive. Helps ensure that the MHICM team meets the VA
national performancemeasure(s). As a member of the Social Work Service the incumbent is accountable and
General Staff meetings as required
sufficient clinical care for competency assessment, peer review, and
credentialing and privileging processes §
in a peer review process, 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. On Call required
Functional Statement Title: Senior Social Worker
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
0185 Social Work
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Family Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
Psychiatric Social Workers
Social Workers, All Other
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
Must possess an advanced Licensure (LCSW)
Must submit documents required (Transcripts, Licensure, 10-2850C)
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 HRML No. 05-12-02
, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u)]in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).]
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.
Preferred Experience: Experience in the assessment of substance use, and direct treatment experience counseling patients who use substances and Motivational Interviewing
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
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm
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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, résumé 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 recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.
Background checks and security clearance
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:
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
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other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your
transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation
to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional
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), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. 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.
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 2028099.
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.
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Benefits for federal employees
Pay and leave
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp
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.
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 Thursday, January 25, 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.
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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 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
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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.