- Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- $55,905.00 -83,990.00/year*
1000 E 179th St
##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
07/24/2019 to 08/13/2019
This job will close when we have received **50 applications** which
may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$71,593 to $93,077 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
The Social Worker is the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist for
the Homeless Programs at the James J. Peters VAMC.
Learn more about this agency
This position provides case management and intervention support to
Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing
(HUD-VASH) Program in a team oriented, recovery-based program. The
(SUD) Specialist supports the HUD-VASH Program by providing
continuity of care between Homeless Programs through services to
Veterans with SUDs as they transition to and from programs such as
Domiciliary or Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs
(RRTPs), Health Care for Homeless Veterans Contracted Housing, and
Grant Per Diem Programs to HUD-VASH. The social worker provides
on-going substance use case management, early treatment
interventions to promote sustained stability and abstinence in
HUD-VASH subsidized permanent housing, SUD consultation with peers
and substance abuse groups. These Veterans are frequently homeless
due to their SUD activities, so providing SUD treatment support and
early intervention promotes recovery, improved quality of life and
successful permanent housing. These Veterans are frequently also
diagnosed with co occurring mental health, physical health and
social problems that require particular skills in early intervention
and crisis management. The Social Worker must be able to develop
appropriate professional relationships with Veterans and meet the
Veteran where he or she is ready to engage in treatment utilizing
different modalitier. The Social Worker also will need to develop
liaison relationships with more acute treatment providers/ programs,
such as Intensive Outpatient Program. The Social Worker will provide
appropriate group and individual case management and treatment.
**Work Schedule:** Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
**Financial Disclosure Report:** Not required
**Bargaining Unit:** Yes
**Functional Statement:** Yes
**Telework:** Not Available
**Compress Work:** Not Available
### Travel Required
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
- #### Job family (Series)
0185 Social Work
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### Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- In accordance with VA Directive 1177, you must be able to obtain
and maintain Basic Life Support (BLS) C certification
- One year specialized work experience at the GS-9 level for the
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement, 08/13/2019.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 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 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.
- 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.
- Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient
in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook
5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.
I have one year of post MSW degree experience in the field of health
care social work and licensure or certification in a state at the
independent practice level. Specialized professional social work
experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined as one year of experience
providing duties such as social work services to the Substance Abuse
Disorder (SUD) homeless populations, utilizing knowledge of
community resources; organizes and conducts individual and group
case management and SUD treatment. Provides all necessary assessment
functions, e.g., interviewing, psychological histories and SUD
assessments and provides outreach services for HUD-VASH in the
**Grade Determinations**: Experience, Education and Licensure.
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. NOTE:
For appointment licensure or certification at this level please
refer to paragraph 2c.
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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs in
subparagraph (b) below.
(b) **Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities**
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
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. This requires knowledge of human
development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the
differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health
diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes
acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications
and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.
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. This requires
independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem
solving or crisis intervention techniques.
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. For
example, some states may require social workers providing
psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
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. Ability to
provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social
work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for
social work graduate students who are completing VHA field
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 5005/23 Part II Appendix G39
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
**Physical Requirements:** See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
**IMPORTANT:** A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
**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:
d.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. For further information, visit:
### Additional information
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have
faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for
Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at
VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and
coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for
information regarding an Alternate Application.
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE
MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your
application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be
verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or
omissions may affect consideration for employment.**
**NOTE:** The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group)
will review the selected candidate's education and experience and
recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be
placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board
will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with
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.
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
##### Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
##### Trust determination process
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application
Package which includes:
- VA Form 10-2850c
- Master's Transcript with the degree date.
- Personnel Action, current 2018 **non award SF-50 to indicate
title, series, grade and tenure.**
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can
be found at:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if
applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this
position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all
documents required for your application, such as a copy of your
transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former
Federal employees), etc.
**Veterans' Preference:** When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible
Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or
for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must
provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and
character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or
discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
your active duty service which reflects the dates of service,
character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of
impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others
eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of
eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 \"Application for 10
Point Veteran Preference\" with required proof as stated on the form.
Documentation is required to award preference. For more information
on Veterans' Preference, please visit
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
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comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
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- How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this
position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the
documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The
complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on
08/13/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log
in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your
USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete
the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
**NOTE:** It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and
appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS
account, sajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the
Application Status link and then select the more information link
for this position. The Details page will display the status of your
application, the documentation received and processed, and any
correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your
uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan
process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA
JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy
announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents
from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
**NOTE**: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a
condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of
Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals
who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where
patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as
part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to,
VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers
(CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary
units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA
licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and
unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee
basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers,
and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to
receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a
face mask throughout the influenza season.
### Agency contact information
### Joseph Wittmann
718 ### ####
Bronx VA Medical Center
130 West Kingsbridge Rd.
Bronx, NY 10468
Learn more about this agency
### Next steps
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a
confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review
is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will
be notified of their status by email. 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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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.
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