Senior Social Worker

Department Of Veterans Affairs San Antonio , TX 78245

Posted 3 days ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

This vacancy is located at the Audie L. Murphy Division, Social Work Service located at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS), San Antonio TX.

Your primary responsibilities are to provide professional social work services for veterans and families/significant others in compliance with VA, VISN, and station social work policies and memorandums. The Social Work Transition Case Manager is a social worker with experience in health care social work (VA or non-VA) who collaborates with other professional disciplines within Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and in the community to assist with the transition and coordination of services, access to care, and education and referral for returning combat Veterans.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You may be required to work nights and weekends based on mission needs.

Functional Statement/Title: Senior Social Worker Transition and Care Management

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The incumbent is responsible for completing the following duties:

The incumbent ensures that the Veteran or service member receives care management in a setting commensurate with his/her assessed needs. Assignment is located in the VA Medical Center (VAMC), Out Patient Clinic (OPC) or at the Military Treatment Facility (MTF) and requires travel and working on weekends and evenings in order to meet with military Reserve and National Guard units when they are available.

Provides care management services for returning OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans for a variety of needs which include an intake health status assessment of medical needs, mental health needs, prosthetic equipment needs, benefits, and various other concerns. Some of these needs may be met by the incumbent and others may require a referral to the most appropriate resource.

As such, the incumbent will be knowledgeable about existing resources within VHA, DOD and the community. This also involves development and coordination of procedures for the use of these community resources by related VA staff and satellite facilities.

Incumbent is a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities involve the care management of severely ill and/or injured Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation New Dawn (OND), and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) service members and veterans treated at the facility. The incumbent assesses and treats the complicated psychosocial problems of OEF/OIF/OND service members and/or veterans as they transition to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care.

Care management responsibilities also include crisis management and providing supportive services to families. In addition, the incumbent assists OEF/OIF/OND service members and/or veterans in coping with physical injury and disfigurement, loss, acute illness, chronic illness, combat stress, the residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI), community adjustment, substance use and abuse, and other health, behavioral and mental health problems. The social worker case manager addresses home care needs, homelessness, and transition across levels and sites of care. Social Work care management practice, which includes

psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, is focused on helping OEF/OIF/OND service members and/or veterans and their families maximize readjustment, rehabilitation and treatment potential to achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive emotional and social functioning.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position within the service area.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

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

  • Must pass the pre-employment physical medical examination

  • 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


Basic Requirements

Citizenship: You must be a citizen of the United States.

Education: You must have a master's 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 mater's degree in social work. (Copy of transcripts)

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 ( 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. (Copy of current License)

English Language Proficiency: Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Grade Requirements:

a. Creditable Experience:

Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice.

The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.

Advanced Practice Level. Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support.

Increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership in developing and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstrates leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession. Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; the consequences to the veteran of these decisions and actions may be quite serious. Work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills not typically required in routine social work interventions. Has mastered a range of specialized interventions and provides consultation to colleagues, renders

professional opinions based on experience and expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention, and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment. Utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings.

Grade Determination: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

b. 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. 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 candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph below and attach responses in written narrative format:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualifications, dated February 2012. A copy is available at your local HR Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements:
Must meet the following physical requirements: Intermittent Lifting/carrying (15-44 lbs); Intermittent Sitting (5 hours/ day); Standing (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending/stooping (up to 2 hours); Intermittent twisting, pulling, and pushing (0.50 hours/day); Simple Grasping & Use of fingers; Both hands required (includes keyboarding); Walking (up to 3 hours); Intermittent Reaching above Shoulder; Intermittent Driving a Vehicle (-/+ 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13"to 16"; Far Vision 20/30; ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted).


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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