Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Senior Social Worker, Psychosocial Rehabilitative Recovery Center (PRRC) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Las Vegas, NV
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/30/2016 (1 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 12/15/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1862649

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.

Since 1972, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System 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 more than 240,000 veterans living in our catchment area. In addition to our main facility in Las Vegas, we offer services in two community-based outpatient clinics located in Henderson and Pahrump. VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System continues to expand and improve our services. Please take a brief moment to view the progress and construction updates on the new hospital and community living center in North Las Vegas.

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.

This is an EXTERNAL announcement. If you ARE a current permanent Federal employee, please apply to: VHA-593-17-AJ1862603SJW-BU.


The incumbent will serve as a Senior Social Worker in the Psychosocial Rehabilitative Recovery Center (PRRC). They will work independently by providing clinical psychosocial treatment and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs. Veterans treated come from a wide geographic areas. Their needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. The duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Community outreach and family home visits.
  • Conduct psychosocial assessments and make psychosocial diagnoses.
  • Conduct mental health assessments and make DSM V diagnoses.
  • Develop psychosocial treatment plans with attention to age specific needs/concerns.
  • Provide psychosocial interventions for individuals, groups and families.
  • Utilize standardized instruments in the assessment of mental health conditions.
  • Provide individual and group counseling and/or psychotherapy.
  • Develop information and referral resources and services.
  • Develop community links and coordinates the clinical application of community services.
  • Provide admission and discharge planning services.
  • Provide care management and coordination services.
  • Document in a computerized medical record.
  • Provides psychosocial crisis intervention services.
  • Screen for substance abuse, tobacco use, depression and PTSD and, depending on assignment, provides treatment services.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

*Work Schedule: *Monday- Friday; 7:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.

*Functional Statement Title/#: * Senior Social Worker, Psychosocial Rehabilitative Recovery Center (PRRC)

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are not authorized.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Advanced Practice Social Work Licensure.
  • VA Form 10-2850c REQUIRED

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States

Education: Have a Masters degree in social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A doctoral degree in social work MAY NOT be substituted for the Masters degree in social work. (Must upload a copy of transcript showing confirmation of Masters Degree in social work and date conferred).

Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the advanced practice level. (Must upload a copy of your license with your application packet).

English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determinations:

GS-12 Senior Social Worker

(a) 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.

(b) 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.

(c) Assignments. Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior Social Workers typically practice in a major specialty treatment program area, such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. They are also assigned in settings where they have no access to social work supervision, such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. They may be assigned to work with special patient populations with highly-complex health or mental health problems requiring expert level psychosocial interventions, such as VA/DOD liaisons assigned to Military Treatment Facilities as part of seamless transition or social worker case managers in Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) programs.

(4) Social Worker Program Coordinators and Manager. For Social Worker Program Coordinators, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility and the type, size, and complexity of the assignment.

(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 professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) 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.

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.

References: VA Directive 5005, Part II, Appendix 39.

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.

Physical Requirements: Work is mostly sedentary by nature. Light lifting and carrying of items under 15 pounds maybe required. Some walking and standing is required.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

Basis of Rating: Applicants will be rated on the basis of the quality and extent of their total experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the specific position for which they are being considered. Ratings will be based on competitor's statements in their applications and on any additional evidence that may be secured through inquiries of qualifications. Recency of education, training and professional experience may be considered in the rating.

This position* IS* covered by the bargaining unit.

Performance Based Interviewing is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process. Please consult the PBI web site at for further information.

Additional selections may be made to fill similar Corporate VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System positions from the list of candidates who apply for this position. A new announcement will not be posted when this is the case.

Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection.

It is VA Policy that eligible veterans will be given preference when qualifications of candidates are approximately equal.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process please notify the Human Resources office. Decisions to approve reasonable accommodation requests are made on a case-by-case basis.

Applications submitted outside of the automated application process may not be considered unless an accommodation to the application process has been granted. All application materials must be received by the end of the day on the closing date of this announcement to be considered.

Application materials will not be accepted by e-mail.

As a condition of continued employment, applicants must meet applicable physical, security, and suitability requirements for this position if selected.

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

Salary Range: $71,137.00 to $92,477.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 458032600

Job Announcement Number: VHA-593-17-AJ1862649SJW-BU