<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The incumbent functions as a Senior Social Worker assigned to the Richmond VAMC and is one of the Case Managers for Richmond VAMC's Housing and Urban Development / VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) within the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program that prioritizes chronically homeless veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Housing Choice Program.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The incumbent is responsible for case management and care coordination services for veterans receiving housing provided through HUD Housing Choice Program and has a role across the continuum of homeless services from outreach to post housing services. Senior Social Workers may be assigned to work with specific populations within the HUD-VASH and/or Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. These may include individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUD), women Veterans, those with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) or Veterans identified as high risk. <ul> <li>The incumbent will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members.</li> <li>The incumbent is an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines and will implement treatment plan goals.</li> <li>The incumbent will participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate.</li> <li>The incumbent will provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate utilizing evidence based and/or evidenced informed practices.</li> <li>The incumbent will provide consultation/education to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits.</li> <li>The incumbent will act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed.</li> <li>The incumbent is responsible for collecting and submitting HUD-VASH Program participant data as outlined by NEPEC evaluation procedures.</li> <li>The incumbent will address Advance Directives and Organ Donation in accordance with the standards of their work area.</li> <li>The incumbent will maintain data and statistical compilations to comply with JC, CARF, VA and medical center policy and procedures.</li> <li>The incumbent will assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death.</li> <li>The incumbent will document social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care.<br /> </li> </ul> <b>Work schedule:</b> Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM with occasional weekend coverage<br /> <b>Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:</b> Exempt<br /> <b>Recruitment/relocation incentives:</b> Not authorized<br /> <b>Financial Disclosure Required:</b> Not required<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />50% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Must be proficient in written and spoken English</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/10/2019.<br /><br /><b>Basic Requirements:</b> <ul> <b>United States Citizenship</b>: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> <b>Education:</b> 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 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.</li> <b>Licensure:</b> 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.</li> <b>Loss of Licensure or Certification:</b> 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-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.</li> </ul> <b>GRADE REQUIREMENTS<br /> Advanced Practice Level:</b> Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership in developing and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstrates leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker will make independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; the consequences services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills not typically required in routine social work interventions. The advanced practice or senior social worker has mastered a range of specialized interventions and provides consultation to colleagues, renders professional opinions based on experience and expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention, and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings.<br /><br /><b>Preferred Experience:</b> Advanced knowledge and expert skill in providing outreach to homeless individuals.<br /><br /><b>Grade Determinations: GS-12 Senior Social Worker</b><br /><br /><b>Experience, Education and Licensure:</b> Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years after earning a Master's Degree in Social Work 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. 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph below.<br /><br /><b> Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities </b><br /><br />1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.<br /><br />2. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.<br /><br />3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.<br /><br />4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.<br /><br />5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.<br /><br /><b>References:</b> VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39<br /><br />The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.<br /><br /><b>Physical Requirements:</b> The work is primarily non-strenuous though a significant amount of walking is required for face to face contact with patients, family members and medical staff. Ability to life 5- 10 pounds, mostly documents and/or binders is required. The ability to sit for 1-2 hours and do substantial computer work.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: </strong>A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>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: http: ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . 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: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets 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.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> 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 recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br /><ul><li>State independently practice Social Work Licensure</li><li>VA 10-2850c form (link below)</li><li>Resume</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br />VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http: www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . ***REQUIRED***<br /><br /><b>**** If </b><strong>all REQUIRED </strong><b>Documents listed above are not submitted you will be found ineligible for the position***</b> <br /><br />The following documents are accepted, and <strong> will be required if applicable to your eligibility for this position</strong> . Please use this checklist to ensure you have <strong> included all documents required </strong> for your application, <strong>SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), </strong> etc.<br /><br /><strong>**** If all REQUIRED Documents listed on the checklist for your eligibility (link above) are not submitted you will be found ineligible for the position***</strong> <br /><br /><ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>OF-306</li><li>State independently practice Social Work Licensure</li><li>VA 10-2850c form (link below)</li><li>Other (3)</li><li>Other (4)</li><li>Other (5)</li><li>Performance Appraisal</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference:</strong> 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. <strong>Documentation is required to award preference.</strong> For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />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.