Senior Social Worker

Department Of Veterans Affairs Wasilla , AK 99623

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The Senior Social Worker located at a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs. Their health care and psychosocial needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving.

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The Social Worker in the CBOC performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. They are responsible for the overall function of program development, recruitment of veteran patients, case management, networking with community resources, and coordination of care with the psychiatrist and medical staff on site as well as various departments at the Alaska VA Healthcare Services and community facilities in the primary service area.

Functions include:

  • Coordinating screening of veterans for specific programs such as PTSD, ADATP, PRRTP, CNH, VIST, HHA, Transition Care Management Program (TCMP) and provides ongoing treatment and documentation per VA Guidelines and facility policy;

  • Providing education on advance health care planning and facilitates psycho-educational and support groups on a variety of topics for veteran and their families

  • Expand clinical knowledge in the profession;

  • Provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions;

  • Provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Provides training to Social Work interns, residents and staff from other disciplines. Topics include the impact of psychosocial and psychiatric issues that may directly affect their care;

  • Extensive knowledge of medical center policies and procedures, VHA and VBA regulations, as well as a knowledge base of reporting to Alaska Office of Adult and/or Children Services.

  • Receives and completes consults from interdisciplinary teams and other social workers on complex difficult cases using advance practice skills and expertise.

  • Provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytrauma injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post traumatic stress disorder, addictions, and other serious disorders;

  • Provides consultation to referral sources and is responsible for development and maintenance of professional standards of practice and educating others regarding same;

  • Documents independently in CPRS electronic medical records, including psychosocial assessments, diagnostics, treatment, progress notes, follow up and referrals;

  • Interviews and conducts psychosocial assessments to establish veteran's treatment needs, presenting problems, and DSM V diagnoses;

  • Assess high risk factors, acuity and need for services;

  • Interprets and explains VA treatment and benefit programs;

  • Develop a treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment; The incumbent along with the veteran will develop the treatment plan that includes measurable time limited treatment goals. The treatment plan will be reviewed during therapeutic sessions and reassessed as appropriate. Treatment planning includes collaboration with interdisciplinary teams such as TCMP case managers, substance abuse staff, Psychiatry {inpatient/outpatient), Homeless Program, Physicians and Vet Centers;

  • Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team on course of treatment. These decisions are based on the CBOC social workers advanced practice skills, professional judgment and expertise regarding the veterans condition and treatment.

  • Act as advocate when appropriate and feasible while encouraging the veteran and family to advocate on their own behalf thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment;

  • Makes rapid assessments and develops crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. In the event of an alleged abuse case, medical or psychiatric emergency, the medical center policy will be followed;

  • Ensures that the interdisciplinary team is kept informed of any concerns with the patient and/or caregiver;

  • Evaluates his/her practice on an on-going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, or other organized means. Is active in and accepts responsibility for the development and maintenance of professional standards of treatment.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday 0800 - 1630

Compressed/Flexible: Available based on supervisor approval and needs of the service.

Telework: Eligible based on supervisor approval and needs of the service.

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Functional Statement #: 000000

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • 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 onboarding process

  • Must possess and maintain a valid state issued drivers license.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/06/2021.

Basic Requirements:

  • 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 to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work.

  • Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 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 by going to Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in termination of employment.

  • English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f).

Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in termination of employment.

Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12:

Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience.

Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

  • Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.

  • Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.

  • Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.

  • Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s).

  • Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice.

References: Social Worker Qualification Standards GS-0185, VA HANDBOOK 5005/120, PART II, APPENDIX G39

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements:Moderate lifting, Light carrying, straight pulling, Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Walking, Standing, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish colors. The employee must possess current drivers license and drive a government vehicle in carrying out professional duties when deemed necessary.


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: 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:

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Senior Social Worker

Department Of Veterans Affairs