The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SGVHS), Social Work Service, is currently recruiting for one (1) Social Worker (Medical/Surgical) at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
The Acute Medicine/Surgery social worker is responsible for providing assessment, discharge planning, and crisis intervention services to Veterans and their families on the acute care medicine, surgery, neurology and intensive care inpatient units.
The social worker conducts psychosocial assessments, establishes plans, goals and evaluates outcomes of interventions for a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. The social worker has a basic knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture.
The social worker works with patients and families who are experiencing emotional, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. The social worker consults more experienced social workers to address and resolve complex problems with supervision. The social worker will assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.
They must able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
They have basic knowledge of medical and mental diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures to include acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and basic medical terminology for the purpose of ensuring a comprehensive assessment of biopsychosocial barriers to health and well-being.
They must have a working knowledge and skill in the use of word processing, data management, and other computer software.
They must have a basic knowledge of veteran's benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, non-service connected pension. The social worker facilitates referrals based upon veteran's needs and eligibility. The social worker may serve on committees, councils, workgroups, and/or task forces. The social worker serves as liaison to community agencies and networks with agency representatives. The social worker obtains and/or participates in continuing education to meet facility requirements and to develop knowledge and skills as a social worker.
Work Schedule: Monday
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
Citizenship: United States citizen.
Licensure: At the GS-11 level, must be licensed or certified by a state at the independent practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination.
Education: 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.
In addition to the basic requirements, the below qualification requirements must be met at the grade(s) in which you are applying.
GS-09: This is the entry level grade for the GS-0185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the required KSAs.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) for Social Worker GS-09
1.Ability to 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.
2.Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to 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.
3.Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
4.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
5.Knowledge 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.
6.Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.
GS-11: Social Worker 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, OR 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 required KSAs. GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for the GS-11 Level:
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 treatment team.
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 placements.
8.Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organizational 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 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G-39
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.
Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
They must have good manual dexterity, must be able to express or exchange ideals by means of spoken and written word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1.CV or Resume (Required). Resume must include the vacancy announcement number, position title, grade, how to contact you, descriptions of jobs held including the name and address of the employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date,(month and year) of employment, and average hours worked per week.
2.VA Form 10-2850c
3.Latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action showing grade, step and salary.(Award SF50 are not acceptable as they do not include the mentioned information) (Required if applicable).
4.Copy of Transcripts
5.License: Copy of your current license. (If Applicable Required).
6.OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment, available at must be completed with signature in section 17a (DO NOT SIGN 17B) (Requested)
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).
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