Senior Social Worker (Pcafc)

Department Of Veterans Affairs Tampa , FL 33602

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The Senior Social Worker (PCAFC) position is assigned to the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) Healthcare System, Tampa, FL. The position supports the program of Comprehensive Assistance to Family Caregiver (PCAFC). The program goal is to support caregivers in their role and promote their health and well-being through education, therapeutic engagement, and resource and service linkage.

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The Senior Social Worker (PCAFC) position is assigned to the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH) Healthcare System, Tampa, FL. The position supports the program of Comprehensive Assistance to Family Caregiver (PCAFC). The program goal is to support caregivers in their role and promote their health and well-being through education, therapeutic engagement, and resource and service linkage.

The Senior Social Worker (PCAFC) requires advanced knowledge and understanding of veterans' and caregivers' services and benefits from federal, state, and private sector resources. As a member of the interdisciplinary PCAFC assessment team, the clinical assessor participates in face-to-face or virtual contact with the caregiver and veteran to assess functions and the need for personal care services.

The Senior Social Worker (PCAFC) is assigned to the Caregiver Support Program (CSP) to provide specialized consultation on the administrative and clinical considerations of the CSP as referenced in VHA Directive 1152.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The incumbent participates in direct caregiver and veteran wellness contacts to assess caregiver stress/burden and the development/application of directed clinical treatment interventions.

  • The incumbent facilitates caregiver and family clinical intervention treatments of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress, and social needs.

  • The incumbent is responsible for conducting regular home visits to veterans and caregivers participating in the PCAFC, responding to calls from the National Caregiver Support Hotline, responding to other phone calls, and general inquiries regarding the CSP assists with general tasks associated with the program.

  • The incumbent provides ongoing consultation and support to colleagues regarding caregiver support services and issues facing veterans, families, and caregivers.

  • The incumbent is responsible for creating educational tools, developing programs, implementing training focused on specific caregiver needs/issues, and providing education and in-service training to VAMC employees, veterans, families, and caregivers.

  • The incumbent has the ability to independently operate a government-owned motor vehicle and drive cumulative long distances (up to several hundreds of miles) per workweek.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker (PCAFC)/PD000000

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • The Senior Social Worker is required to travel using a personal or government vehicle to sites of care within the JHVA VHS and community partners to accomplish the work.

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Conditions of Employment

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

  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.

  • 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

  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)

  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


Basic Requirements:

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.

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 social work schools 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 at the 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

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 employment termination.

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.

Applicants can qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (this is only applicable to current VHA employees in this occupation).

Grade Determinations:GS-12 Senior Social Worker

  • Experience, Education, and Licensure. Senior Social Workers are required to have the experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years of experience 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 includes 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 or course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below:

(a) 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.

(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.

(c) Knowledge 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 and to design system changes.

(d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills.

(e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area.

Preferred Experience: Two (2) years of experience working with mental health and substance abuse cases.

Driving requirement: Employee must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

Physical Requirements:The work is primarily sedentary. Typically, the employee will sit to do the work. However, there may be some walking, driving, standing, bending, carrying light items (such as books, papers), accessing transportation, and/or driving a government vehicle. The work requires patience and control of emotions. The work may require occasional use of appropriate techniques to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker GS-0185, available at available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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


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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