Full Time Social Work Job for the Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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?
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless.
With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.
Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.
VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life.
VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.
For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.
The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
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.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Basic Requirements : Must be a US Citizen.
Education: Have a Master's degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Licensure: 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.
Experience: Social Workers must have at least two years' experience in the area of specialized social work practice.
This position requires a social worker who has experience at the advanced practice level working with highly complex newly injured spinal cord patients.
Exception: There is no exception for licensure at the GS-12 level.
English Language Proficiency : Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: 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.
GS-12: In addition to meeting all basic requirements, 1 year of professional social work experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level, under qualified social work supervision.
This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently.
NON-QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE : Clinical social work experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for a Master's Degree in Social Work does not satisfy this requirement.
NOTE: A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic (medical or psychiatric), a residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.
Assignment: Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level.
Senior Social Workers typically practice in a major specialty treatment program area, such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity.
The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns.
They are also assigned in settings where they have no access to social work supervision, such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics.
They may be assigned to work with special patient populations with highly-complex health or mental health problems requiring expert level psychosocial interventions, such as VA/DOD liaisons assigned to Military Treatment Facilities as part of seamless transition or social worker case managers in Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) programs.
FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
Qualifications: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II; APPENDIX G39 dated February 29, 2012, available at http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/HRLibrary/Dir-Policy.htm , Qualification Standard Social Worker GS-185.
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WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
United States Citizens