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Social Worker (Pact)

Expired Job

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Freeport , IL 61032

Posted 4 months ago

Duties

Summary

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Salary Ranges:
GS-9: $50,598 - $65,778
GS-11: $61,218 - $79,586

Responsibilities

Available Locations:
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705.
Baraboo VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1670 South Blvd, Baraboo, WI 53913.
Janesville VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2419 Morse Street, Janesville, WI 53545.
Freeport VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 750 Kiwanis Drive, Suite 250, Freeport, IL 61032.
Rockford VA Outpatient Clinic, 816 Featherstone Road, Rockford, IL 61107.

This position is assigned to the Ambulatory Care areas, providing Medical social work services to Veterans/families and caregivers assigned to the designated PACT providers. The Social Worker provides a full range of social work services and treatment of complex psychosocial problems resulting from chronic and acute illness, senescence or socioeconomic and family concerns.

This includes assessment and intervention tailored to the unique needs of the chronically ill and aged patient population. The Social Worker has knowledge regarding the symptoms and treatment of Depression, Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, Substance Abuse and Suicidality and screens for these and other mental health issues to ensure appropriate referrals prompt treatment and needed follow-up. Screening and intervention regarding advance planning documents is also executed.

  • Conducts psychosocial assessments and provides psychosocial interventions/treatment.

  • Identifies the appropriate resources to fit the needs of the Veteran.

  • Works with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills.

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.

  • Utilizes computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking.

  • Provides consultation services to other staff about the needs of patients and impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday, 8:00am

  • 4:30pm
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Travel to/from CBOCs and Main Hospital as needed, using Government car.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must pass pre-employment physical examination

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be a United States Citizen.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), 7407(d).

  • 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). (Copy Required)

  • Must have a license (APSW or LSW) or certification by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Non-licensed applicants applying for the GS-9 or GS-11 grade may be given a temporary appointment as a "graduate social worker" not to exceed three years pending Licensure. (Copy Required)

GS-9 GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-9 is the entry level grade and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level.

GS-9 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Must possess one of the following:
Minimum of one year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work.
OR
Doctoral degree in social work from an accredited school of social work.

GS-11 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  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 organized 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 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard

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-9 to GS-11.

Physical Requirements:
Much of the work occurs within a typical office setting, either individually or in meeting with others, or in meeting rooms.

Requires time to be spent walking. The incumbent may be exposed to infectious diseases and medical/psychiatric emergencies.

Education

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: .

Additional information

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.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an .

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: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and utilized in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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

Security clearance

Drug test required

No

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume

VA Form 10-2850 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), etc.

Cover Letter
DD-214
OF-306
Other
Other Veterans Document
Resume
SF-15
SF-50
Transcript

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.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.



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Social Worker (Pact)

Expired Job

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration