Veteran Health Administration Senior Social Worker (Bonham Domiciliary) in Bonham, Texas
Announcement Number: AH-13-DYR-781231
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Position Info: Full Time
Location(s): Bonham, TX
Open Period: 2022-11-11 to 2022-11-25
OverviewWho May Apply
United States Citizens
Excepted Service Permanent
Agency Marketing Statement
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 781231 (Include # on all documents)
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?
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 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/ .
U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
The Domiciliary Senior Social Worker provides services to Veterans in the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program of Mental Health Services at the Bonham VANTHCS. The incumbent is involved in screenings, psychosocial assessments, treatment plan development and maintenance, discharge planning, case management/treatment coordination, advocacy, education and coordinating linkages with the appropriate VA and community service providers and agencies as needed by current residents participating in the Regular Domiciliary and Interlude Programs.The Domiciliary Senior Social Worker independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans, the Veterans family, caregiver and/or significant other to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs.Veterans receiving care from the Domiciliary program traditionally have complex health care and psychosocial problems and needs, requiring a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving.The incumbent accomplishes these tasks in collaboration with other members of the Domiciliary Interdisciplinary Team members as appropriate within the Regular Domiciliary, DRRTP.The incumbent serves as a member of the Regular Domiciliary and Interlude Treatment Teams.HOURS OF WORKMonday Friday rotating shifts of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and rotating weekends of 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. NOTE:RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED NOTE:Salary to be determined by the Social Worker's Professional Standards Board.
Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:You must be a citizen of the United States.Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Social Worker, GS-185 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39 dated February 13, 2009.http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-23.docAll applicants for the position of Social Worker in VHA, to qualify for appointment, must: 1.Have a masters degree in social work (MSW) 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 not be substituted for the masters degree in social work.2.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 masters degree level.Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.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 this part.) b.Education.Have a masters 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 not be substituted for the masters 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 senior 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 advanced practice level.GS-12 Senior Social Worker: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.Professional experience in a specialty such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center/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. 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. In addition, the candidates application packet/resume must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1.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.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.All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.FINAL JOB OFFER IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A PHYSICAL (IF REQUIRED), AND RECEIPT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM LIST OF EXCLUDED INDIVIDUALS/ENTITIES (LEIE), HEALTHCARE INTEGRITY AND PROTECTION DATA BANK (HIPDB) FINGERPRINT CHECKS AND BACKGROUND CHECKS.
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.Applicants must, therefore, only report 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.* 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. *
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
How To Apply InformationHow To Apply
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.If you cannot apply online:Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 781231. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 25, 2022.
The following documents must be submitted at the time of application:CV or Resume (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties. (Required)VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available athttp://www.vacareers.va.gov/jobsdownload/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf. (Required)Occupational questionnaireOptional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdffill/OF306.pdf).(Required)Copy of your transcript. (Required)Copy of Internship (APA) (Required)Copy of Licensure. (Required)If prior military service, include all copies of your DD214 Forms.Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf)Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 (Required if applicable)Copy of most recent performance Appraisal.Any other documents required by the checklist.
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.
Benefits And Other InformationBenefits
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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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.