Please Note: This is an EXTERNAL ONLY announcement, open to US Citizens- Veteran's preference will be applied. If you are an INTERNAL applicant, please apply to announcement CBDA--MH-ZNT.
The social worker in this position functions as a Case Manager for KCVA's Housing and Urban Development /VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while they are residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system.
The HUD-VASH Program is an essential and critical part of VHA, and vital for ending homelessness among Veterans. Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program funding provides rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless Veterans authorized by section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937, 42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19). The initiative is known as the HUD-VASH Program, and was authorized pursuant to Division K, Title II, of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-161) ("2008 Appropriation Act") enacted on December 26, 2007 (see proviso (7) under the heading "Tenant-Based Rental Assistance"). The HUD-VASH Program combines HUD HCV rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community.
VA Medical Centers must ensure that VA case management, healthcare and other services are made available to homeless Veterans. The HUD-VASH Case Manager is responsible for coordination of intensive case management services for Veterans participating in this program.
The homeless Veteran population has highly complex health and/or mental health problems. The HUD-VASH Case Manager possesses the necessary discerning clinical skills to work effectively with this population. Delivery of these services requires specialized knowledge, capability in resource identification, extensive experience in facilitating access to VA medical/mental health/substance abuse/specialty clinical providers, and community collaboration skills
Work Schedule: Monday
Friday, 8:00 am
4:30 pm, with evenings, weekends, and/or adjusted tours as needed to ensure quality care to veterans.
Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker (HUDVASH), GS-185-00
Job family (Series)
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
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language: The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English? Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.
Education: 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. (Must provide copy of transcript(s) with application).
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. (Must provide copy of license(s) with application). Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.
GS-11 Social Worker: Social Workers at the GS-11 grade level are required to have completed 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. 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 following KSAs:
1.Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diverse backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of environment, society and culture.
2.Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, formulate and implement a recovery treatment plan, and identify a patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed in collaboration with the patient, family, and interdisciplinary treatment team.
3.Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and the 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, crisis intervention, and psychotherapeutic techniques.
4.Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute/chronic/traumatic illnesses/injuries, effects and side-effects of common medications, and medical terminology.
5.Ability to independently provide diagnosis and counseling/psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, and families. Social worker must be licensed at the advanced practice level.
6.Knowledge of community resources, process for making appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
7.Ability to provide consultation services to other staff members regarding 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 staff and graduate students.
8.Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, and other organized means.
9.Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management and tracking, with particular expertise in those programs in use by VHA.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/23 PART II APPENDIX G39 SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-185 Veterans Health Administration.
The position requires some physical effort.
The incumbent must be able to transport veterans and drive a government automobile in the performance of their official duties. The incumbent must be able to perform community outreach and go into the community including high-homeless areas. The incumbent must be able to adapt to rapid and changing priorities.
A valid driver's license is required, as the incumbent will be working primarily in the community. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements to include a driver's assessment and must pass VA driver's physical.
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: .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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 competitive status.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used. For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website on the Internet: . In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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 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, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
VA 10-2850, License, Other
VA Benefits Letter
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 .
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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