Social Worker

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1126182 The Northern AZ VA HCS is currently recruiting for a Social Worker for our Community Based Out-Patient Clinic in Flagstaff AZ.
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 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.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
Flagstaff is a community rich with cultural diversity, beauty, and history as well as amazing educational, recreational and scientific opportunities. Our city government is devoted to enhancing the quality of life of our citizens, as well as the many visitors that grace Northern Arizona.
U. S. Citizenship Must pass pre-employment examination English Language Proficiency required Background and-or Security Investigation required Current and Active LCSW
The incumbent provides professionalservices on an outpatient basis to individuals, and their families as appropriate, whose mental health diagnoses and/or life situation creates morestress than they can deal with effectively. Treatment is aimed at helping to clarify diagnosis and treatment needs, monitoring symptoms and functioning, and maximizing overall functioning.
The incumbent develops appropriate treatment plan, based upon a comprehensive psychosocial intake assessment and/or inter-professional input as appropriate. Using known available resources and the initial assessment of the client''s likelihood to accept differing types of assistance, makes initialand continuing decisions regarding the agency''s services and referral. Arrives at areasoned conclusion as to the preferred course of agency action. Makesrecommendation to inter-professional team as to course of treatment.
The incumbent provides clinical services to clients. Provides advice, guidance,emotional support and other assistance. Involves clients in individual, family or group counseling or therapy to include Evidence Based Treatments, as trained and appropriate. Provides referrals to other agency organizations,community resources (i.e., transition or halfway houses, shelters, etc.), or other Governmental resources to resolve problems. Assists and encourages clients to facetheir problems, think them through, evaluate the situation realistically, consideralternative courses of action and arrive at plans for using their resources to deal with thesituation. Maintains a current and productive network of referral resources to include substance abuse detoxification, medical/psychiatric care, or vocational rehabilitation. Incounseling/therapy with a client, the employee must consider behaviors that are compensatory or insights that are limited, when these are necessary defenses used by the client to cope with day-to-day life. Employee must judge if positive benefits are realistically likely toresult from change of attitude or perspective. Professional judgment, includingknowledge of theory, diagnosis and treatment of normal and abnormal behavior, is an inherent competency applied in dailyinteractions with clients.
The incumbent establishes a continuing relationship with the client, evaluating progress towards goals,performing follow-up after referral or if the client misses a counseling/therapy session, andadjusts treatment plan if results are inadequate. Monitors client''s rehabilitation. Meets with client to assess accomplishments and re-establish goals. Confers with supervisoror higher graded employee on the necessary adjustments to treatment to accomplishthe desired results. Recommends adjustments to an inter-professional team. Maintains records of client''s appointments for counseling/therapy, as well as monitors compliance with other mental health treatment. Ensures a comprehensive portrayal of treatment thus far.
While functioning as an independent professional, the incumbent is under the programmatic authority of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service Line, and under direct supervision of the MH Program manager, receiving clinical, administrative guidance/mentoring as it relates to clinical practice, as well as under consultative oversight by the Social Work Chief who oversees aspects of Social Work practice.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Tour of Duty: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Friday
This is a bargaining unit position.
Relocation and education incentives are not authorized for this position.
a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)
b. Education. 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to theCSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
c. 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 theOHRM website.
d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. (A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic - medical or psychiatric, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in a collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.) Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master''s Degree in Social Work.
SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-11 level, applicant may substitute a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.)
References : VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD
dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions .
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Veterans'' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or r sum . Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans'' Preference, please .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to . Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID:1126182. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
2. Fax your documents to .
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onFriday, June 06, 2014.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. CV or Resume.
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required).
3. Occupational Questionnaire
4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at ). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available ).
6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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