Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker in Rohnert Park, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Rohnert Park, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/5/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1711461

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. 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.

If you are an internal employee (i.e., VA employee located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient), VA Agency Wide or Federal employee), you should apply under the announcement httpshttps://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/439701200in order to receive proper consideration.

NOTE: This position is multidiscliplinary and is also being announced as a Clinical Psychologist, GS-180-13, in separate announcements (Internal Vacancy Announcement #NQ-16-MFJ-1664045and External Vacancy Announcement #NQ-16-MFJ-1711383) and a Readjustment Counseling Therapist Vacancy Announcement # NQ-16-MFJ-1711550; however, only one position will be filled.

Duties

The incumbent serves as a Social Worker for Readjustment Counseling Service located in the Northbay Vet Center, Rohnert Park CA. The purpose of the position is to provide readjustment counseling to eligible veterans and family members in the Vet Center Program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling to veterans and family members over issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a veteran’s ability to successfully re-enter civilian life. The incumbent will need to experienced in counseling individuals who have experience military sexual trauma. This task is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Vet Center or other interdisciplinary treatment teams both within the Department of Veterans Affairs or with other community/government social services agencies.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Screening/Assessment – The Social Worker will complete a psycho-social assessment and military history.

  • Treatment Planning/Goal Setting – The Social Worker is responsible for developing a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment.

  • Referral to service providers – The Social Worker maintains and exercises an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of a veteran client that can be served by programs external to the Vet Center.

  • Resource Usage/Development – The Social Worker is responsible for using the current social work resource file of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans.

Experience in counseling individuals who have encountered sexual trauma.

Work Schedule:Non-traditional hours (some evening and weekend are required).

Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker / #000000

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.
Qualifications

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: *a. 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.) b. 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 notbe 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.

c. 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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9 Social Worker: GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 Social Work series and is used for Social Workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for Social Workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs:

  1. Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds.

  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.

  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.

  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.

  5. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures.

  6. Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking.

*GS-11 Social Worker: *This is the full performance level for social workers. GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area. 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

In addition to meeting basic requirements, a Doctoral Degree in Social Work from a school of Social Work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional Social Work experience in a clinical setting.

  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 from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.

  4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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 in use by VHA.

References: VA Handbook 5005 VA Qualification Standard, Social Worker, GS-0185 Series, http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

PLEASE 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.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting, light carrying, use of fingers, both hands required, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), odors.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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

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

Salary Range: $70,333.00 to $91,433.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to United States Citizens and Permanent Employees of other Federal Agencies

Control Number: 439696400

Job Announcement Number: NQ-16-MFJ-1711461