Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker, PACT Clinical Medical Social Worker in Tacoma, Washington

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Tacoma, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

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

** Closes Thursday 12/22/2016 (18 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1856654

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. 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.**


Social Work Service at the Puget Sound VA Medical Center located in Seattle, Washington has an immediate opening for a Social Worker assigned to VA Puget Sound Health Care System Social Work Service, Tacoma Campus. The position works in the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), with responsibility to provide medical social work services to Veterans and indirectly to their families and caregivers. The position works with community partners including hospice agencies, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other care providers. The position is responsible for assessment, planning, and provision of case management services for Veterans enrolled in PACT.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members;

  • Participate in the treatment planning process with other disciplines.

  • Provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits;

  • Act as a consultant to other team/staff members;

  • Act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed;

  • Provide case management to Veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care.

  • Provide social work service for patients ranging in age from 17-elderly

  • Guide completion and processing of Advance Directives;

  • Provide wellness/prevention education to include working with Veterans and patient/family support groups as appropriate.

  • Work with a collaborative team to ensure the best patient care.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am and 4:30pm, evening and weekends as needed


  1. Department of Veterans Affairs employees will receive first consideration.

  2. Recruitment/relocation incentives have not been authorized.

  3. Independent Social Work licensure is preferred.

  4. One year working as a social worker in a medical clinic or medical hospital setting is preferred.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Current SF-50 to determine your eligibility to apply must be provided.
  • Current BLS will be required, and verified upon appointment.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit Position.
  • ### Qualifications


U.S. citizenship:Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Education: Have a Master’s degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Licensure: This position requires you to provide independent clinical social work assessments. In order to work independently you must possess a license at the independent level.

Exception:At the GS-9 level the VA may waive the licensure and/or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for examination. VA social workers who are not licensed at the time of appointment must be licensed or certified at the Master’s level, within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker or 1 year from the day they meet the full requirements of the state for licensure or certification, whichever is longer. Those who fail to obtain state licensure or certification within the required time frames must be removed from the General Schedule (GS)-185 social worker series. This may result in termination of employment.

English Language Proficiency: Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:SALARY IS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met to determine grade level of the position:

GS-9: Must meet all basic requirements.

GS-11: In addition to meeting all basic requirements, 1 year of professional social work experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level, under qualified social work supervision. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. NON-QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Clinical social work experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Social Work does not satisfy this requirement.

NOTE:A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic (medical or psychiatric), a residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.

  • *or

In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. 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.

Qualifications:Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II; Appendix G9 dated 2/13/2009, available at, Qualification Standard Social Worker GS-185

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:Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Standing, sitting, walking, active listening.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

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.

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.

Salary Range: $52,355.00 to $82,347.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-00/00

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement is open to Current Permanent VA Employees, and Current Permanent Employees of other Federal Agencies.

Control Number: 457585300

Job Announcement Number: 17-HYB-MAU-1856654-SW-BU