Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker Med / Surg in Los Angeles, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
5 vacancies in the following location:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (0 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 12/20/2016 (19 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1851985

  • 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?

  • Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  • Monday thru Friday

  • Location: West Los Angeles

  • Functional Statement No: *079770 *

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.


A GS-9/11 Social Worker has a Master's Degree in Social Work granted by a graduate program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Individuals assigned as GS-11 Social Workers are considered to be at the full performance level. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires a license at the independent practice level with a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of healthcare social work. Independently conducts psychosocial assessments and develops treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran/family and with the multidisciplinary team in a timely manner. Has knowledge of assessment, treatment, discharge and aftercare planning, process and guidelines as defined by Joint Commission standards and VA policies, and other state and professional requirements. Documents after each significant contact and complete either Event Capture or an Encounter and clinical reminders as appropriate. Is knowledgeable about advance care planning and the VA Advance Directive document. Is able to provide education and assist Veterans with Advance Directives. Is able to work effectively and cooperatively as a member of the multidisciplinary team by participating and documenting on multidisciplinary forms related to the assigned unit, ward, or program. Is able to recognize psychological issues, cultural norms and boundaries, has knowledge of developmental task and able to make appropriate intervention referrals to multidisciplinary team. Is able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other governmental programs, and community agency programs. Maintains knowledge of current community resources and government programs that best meet the needs of the patient in regards to age, diagnosis, and disability. Has general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and facilitates referrals based upon Veterans needs and eligibility. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Is able to independently work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling and therapy skills. Independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Is able to evaluate own practice through professional peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. Is able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.

Social Worker with a license at an independent practice level is expected to provide coverage in the Emergency Department on weeknights, weekends, and holidays, as needed, and assist with social work transplant assessments.

Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title Social Worker

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Must possess a current valid California driver's license
  • Must possess MSW by closing date of Announcement
  • Licensure or Certification at the independent practice level
  • Provide Transcripts


  • Citizenship-Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Education-Applicants must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. 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 your social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work). You must submit copy of transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted).All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Selected applicant must provide official transcripts.
  • LICENSURE- GS - 11 Applicants must be licensed by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level and possess a minimum of one (1) year post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) or possess a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work.


References : Input applicable reference and links. For example: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKERQUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at (* or you may use the following generic citation)* VA Handbook 5005 at* (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and* OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ]

You must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Security Clearance

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

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

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Please Note:This announcement is for an immediate opening. Candidates notified of tentative selection will be required to complete a physical examination and/or a background investigation to include fingerprinting. For either requirement, additional information may be required and candidates will be provided one to five business days to meet these requirements. For tentative selectees who fail to report for a physical, fail to submit additional information regarding the physical, fail to complete the on-line background investigation and/or submit the signature pages required to complete the investigation within the five day period may have their name removed from further consideration for this vacancy

Salary Range: $54,664.00 to $85,977.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 456680200

Job Announcement Number: RN-16-ANH-1851985-BU