U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$28,073.00 to $44,156.00
Open & closing dates
$28,073 to $44,156 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 9 - 11
Part-Time - 20 Hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
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?
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define who we are, our culture, and how we care for our Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (I CARE).
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are not authorized.
In addition to the base salary, there is a 3.74% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA is tax-free). COLA is subject to change in the future.
Permanent Department of VA and other Federal agency employees with status should apply under vacancy AK-10112250-18-MMC.
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The Social Worker is located at the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS), in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) department. HBPC provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of Veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease. HBPC targets Veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement. This position requires a valid State driver's license in order to drive throughout the Anchorage Bowl, Girdwood, and Matanuska-Susitna Valley in all kinds of inclement weather. Functions as a full member of the HBPC interdisciplinary team and provides ongoing team consultation services to team members on patient care treatment management. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
Provide case management, coordination, and provision of supportive service to Veterans and/or caregivers to promote patient quality of life and optimal health including assisting Veterans with obtaining benefits and/or community resources, assisting in medical transportation, coordinating in home support or appropriate living arrangement based on each Veteran's level of care needs and providing education/support to Veteran caregivers.
Serve as an active member of the HPBC interdisciplinary team.
Collaborate with the HBPC team in the development adn implementation of a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan.
Provide services via telephone contact, secured messaging and in-person at the homes of Veterans enrolled in HBPC.
Use initiative and resourcefulness in applying new approaches to patient care through integration of approved investigative and research methods in clinical practice.
Document initial assessments, treatment plans/goals, and responses to treatment, according to HBPC and facility policies and procedures and Joint Commission standards.
Submit supporting documentation for reports as requested e.g., Joint Commission, Management Briefings, etc.
Abide by VA and HIPAA patient confidentiality regulations in documentation, consultation, and release of information.
Ensure that all Protected Health Information is secure at all times and kept in a lockable bag during transport to patient homes.
Assume responsibility for professional development by attending relevant training and review of professional literature to improve clinical competencies. Attend or complete all VA-required educational programs within specified timeframes. Plan and present training and education program for professional and non-professional personnel.
Serve as a resource person to the community in matters relating to social work, the delivery of health care and the needs of the Veteran population.
Apply evidence based research towards the revision of procedures to reflect current methodology.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, Core Hours 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. May be required to come in for work between 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and/or work after 2:00 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
76% or greater - Requires driving a vehicle on a daily basis in the Anchorage Bowl, Girdwood and Matanuska-Susitna Valley area in all kinds of inclement weather.
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
School 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
Valid state driver?s license is required
Must pass pre-employment examination
Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs); Light carrying (15-44 lbs); Use of fingers; Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Near vision correctable 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/mental stability.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Basic Requirements: US Citizenship
MSW from a school of social work accredited by the CSWE
Licensed or certified by a State. See Exception
English Language Proficiency
Preferred Experience: Provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in homes of Veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease. Direct care services, initial and on-going assessment of the interpersonal resources and psychosocial functioning of the Veteran. Psychosocial treatment (individual and family counseling), long-term care, advance care planning, non-pharmacological pain interventions, grief and bereavement counseling.
Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.
Quality of experience. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower grade level.
Full Performance Level. A social worker practicing at the independent level has a generalized knowledge of practice.
Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional social worker is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a social worker employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
Fellowships or Post-Graduate Training. Fellowships and post-graduate training programs are typically in a specialized area of clinical practice, i.e., group or family practice. Training as a fellow or post-graduate may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for year basis.
Practicum in a VA Setting. A VHA practicum experience may not be substituted for experience, as the practicum (field placement) is completed prior to graduation with a master's degree in social work.
GS-9: Entry level for social workers with less than 1 year of post-MSW experience and who are not yet licensed/certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at this level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure/certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below and may be required to submit responses.
1) Ability to 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. 2) Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance form the social work supervisor, ability to 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. 3) Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. 4) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. 5) Knowledge 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. 6) Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.
GS-11: 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; OR Doctoral degree in social work; See Exception of Licensure or Certification NOTE: MSW is required. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the MSW. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below and may be required to submit responses.
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 patient's 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 form 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 couching 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 used by VHA.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 dated 02/13/09.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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
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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 - Application for Associated Health Occupations
-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.
-Current Resume must include: A. Name of agency; address, city, state, zip code; B. Job title; series (if applicable); grade (if applicable); C. Current and previous supervisor(s) name, phone number and if they may be contacted; D. Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2009 to April 2010); E. Duties (be as detailed as possible); F. Full-time, part-time, intermittent status (include hours worked per week); G. School(s) attended, list of undergraduate/graduate degree(s) completed/date(s) graduated.
-Current, NON-AWARD SF50 - Notification of Personnel Action
-OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment. Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf
. Must be signed/dated within one year.
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).
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations
VA Award Letter
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 02/01/2018 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.
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Agency contact information
Anchorage VA Medical Center
1201 North Muldoon Road
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