Social Worker - Rapid City - job 745516

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 05/04/2021

City: Rapid City, South Dakota

Salary: $53,433 - 84,049 per year

Employment type: Full-time

Duties


Summary



This position is in the Mental Health Service Line.



Social Worker that functions as one of the Medical Center's Case Managers for VA Black Hills HCS, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program HUD/VASH Program. The HUD/VASH program is a collaborative effort, supported through HUD Section 8 rental assistance vouchers and VA's provision of intensive case management services. The primary goal of HUD/VASH is to move Veterans and their families out of chronic homelessness.



Responsibilities



Duties include, but are not limited to:



  • Serves as one of the medical center's primary point of contact for the National HUD/VASH Program, Office of Mental Health Services, and VACO

  • Responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping, and monitoring patient or program clinical indicators, thresholds, and performance measurements

  • Develops working relationships and agreements with other organizations and directly coordinates with the designated PHA regarding housing voucher application and award process for each Veteran

  • Responsible for reviewing the agreements between Section 8 landlords, PHAs, and the VA to establish appropriate referral sites for placements

  • Establishes, implements, and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential HUD/VASH Veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs

  • Referral, screening and admission criteria recognizes program eligibility, prioritization of subsets of the homeless Veteran population, requirements of the PHAs, and other policy, regulation, or law pertaining to program administration

  • Develops the screening procedures to involve a multidisciplinary team approach and is responsible to ensure criteria and procedures are maintained

  • Provides primary input for program participant selection based on structured interviews and clinical assessments

  • Conducts and participates in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless Veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and "on the streets," as well as those who are referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics

  • Maintains current and establishes new relationships with other community-based service providers

  • Evaluates the Veteran's situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and prioritization for admission

  • Provides referral to VA medical and mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs

  • Develops psychosocial treatment plans, actively involving the Veteran and their family or significant others, in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, based on the psychosocial assessments, including goals for clinical treatment

  • Assists Veterans in maintaining appointments at VA medical centers and other community agencies for medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, vocational and other services consistent with Veteran's goals associated with healthful independent living

  • Understands disparate values, and reaches Veterans and their families from different social and ethnic groups

  • Provides direct mental health and substance abuse services for Veterans and family members or significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment

  • Gives advice, guidance, emotional support and other assistance and provides individual and group counseling services as well as crisis management services needed to maintain the Veteran safely in their residence

  • Receives and completes consults requesting services from interdisciplinary team members and from other mental health professional on complex, difficult cases, using advanced practice skills and expertise

  • Establishes a continuing relationship with the Veteran, evaluating progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate

  • Offers Veterans and family members or significant others educational services


Work Schedule: Full-time; Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Driver's License: Required
Telework: If approved, would be on an ad-hoc basis
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



Travel Required


25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.





Supervisory status

No




Promotion Potential

11






  • Job family (Series)


    0185 Social Work



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  • Requirements



    Requirements


    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



    Qualifications


    Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

    Basic Requirements:


    • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.


    • 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.


    • Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Exception: VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level.


    • English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).

    May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

    Preferred Experience: Case management, crisis intervention, diagnosing and treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, community referrals, documentation proficiency, and time management

    Grade Determinations:


    Social Worker, GS-09
    Experience, Education, and Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements.
    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

    (a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.

    (b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.

    (c) 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.

    (d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.

    (e) Fundamental 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.


    Social Worker, GS-11
    Experience and Licensure: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
    OR
    Education: In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
    AND
    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

    (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

    (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.

    (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan.

    (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals.

    (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.

    References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120, PART II, APPENDIX G39


    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.

    Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services.



    Education


    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.

    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: 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.




    Additional information



    Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.


    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.


    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 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.


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







    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, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.



    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

    Other




    Drug test required

    No






    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk




    Trust determination process

    Credentialing









  • Required Documents



    Required Documents



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



    • VA Form 10-2850c


    • Valid Driver's License


    • Resume


    • Transcript





    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.
    This form must be submitted with application.



    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist 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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.


    • Cover Letter


    • License


    • VA Form 10-2850c


    • Valid Driver's License


    • Resume


    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action


    • Transcript





    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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


    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.







  • Benefits



    Benefits



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Clarification from the agency


This announcement is open to the public and employees of other Federal agencies. VA employees should apply to announcement number CBSY-11104752-21-AA.





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