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
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Meade, SD
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Clarification from the agency
Open to current permanent VA Nationwide and current permanent Federal employees of other agencies
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Full-time
Functional Statement Title/#: Suicide Prevention Coordinator - Social Worker
Location: Mental Health Service Line - Fort Meade, SD, VA Black Hills Health Care System
Note: This position does not require a financial disclosure.
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This incumbent is under the direct supervisory control of the Mental Health Associate Chief of Staff. However, the incumbent practices independently, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans and family members/significant others. Position serves to facilitate implementation of suicide prevention strategies within the VA Black Hills Health Care System to help ensure that all appropriate measures are being taken to prevent suicide in our patient population. Activities will include support for the identification of Veterans at high risk; coordination of enhanced care when needed; and education of providers, Veterans, families, and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs of suicide and available treatment options. The incumbent functions as a coordinator of care for Veterans at a heightened risk for suicide and serves as an advisor to facility leadership, program managers, supervisors, and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies for individual patients. The incumbent also serves as a resource person for the facility, Veterans, and the community as a whole. This position is a Social Worker within the BHHCS (Fort Meade, Hot Springs, and Rapid City Clinic) Mental Health Service Line. The area of responsibilities also includes all CBOC's within the system of care. This position is 75% administrative and 25% Clinical.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0185 Social Work
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Family Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
School Social Workers
Social Workers, Community Mental Health
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
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
Must submit all required documents.
*U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
*A master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
*Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
*Physical requirements.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
*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 providing professional, independent social work services in the area of Suicide Prevention.
Grade Determinations: GS-12 Social Worker Program Coordinator
(a) Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. 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 KSAs below:
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.
2. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
3. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.
4. Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s).
5. Ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.
(c) Assignments. Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as in this case, Suicide Prevention. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. They manage the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39. This can also be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 12.
Physical Requirements: Must be mentally alert and prepared to address patients in highly volatile situations. There will be frequent keyboarding to operate a computer. This is mostly a sedentary position with no special physical requirements.
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.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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
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If you are unable to apply online 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 submit a complete application package which, in addition to the on-line questionnaire, includes the following required documents:
1. Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. (required)
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations. Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search
. Must be signed and dated. (required)
3. Copy of license by a state to independently practice social work at the advanced practice level. (required)
4. SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted. (required)
5. A copy of your transcripts if you are using education to qualify (required). A list of classes is NOT acceptable. Name of college, type of degree and date conferred are all required.
6. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Must be the Member 4 or Member 2 copy of the DD214 that shows Character of Service. (if applicable)
7. Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter and SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (if applicable) http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf
Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. 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).
Other Veterans Document
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. For a short video with explicit instructions and guidance on how to apply online, please click on the following link:
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 03/06/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
(605) 745-2000 X2161
VA Black Hills Health Care System
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD
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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.