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Social Worker-HUD/VASH

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1090311
Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians - to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.
Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country''s service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are _I_ ntegrity, _C_ ommitment, _A_ dvocacy, _R_ espect and _E_ xcellence (" I CARE ").
America''s Veterans need you!
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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.
US citizenship English language proficiency Background/suitability investigation Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination
HUD/VASH Case Manager:
The HUD/VASH case manager functions are specifically directed toward homeless veterans and their families or veterans at risk for homelessness and require a senior level clinical social worker. The incumbent is responsible for program development, oversight, monitoring, administration and effectiveness, serving as the primary contact with local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and providing case management based services (directly or through referral) necessary to ensure that veteran care is coordinated with the VA medical center, community health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations.
The incumbent works closely with the VA medical center''s homeless programs, residential and community care programs, and domiciliary programs to ensure that coordination between these entities is facilitated and veterans direct care, referral, and follow up is continuous and based on a continuum of services. The incumbent independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level for eligible veterans and their family members in the program.
The intent of having a clinical social worker who is at the senior level is to allow the work to be done where the veteran resides, therefore 60% or more of the HUD/VASH case manager time will he spent at a community location other than the VAMC or CBOC. The case manager will independently need to promote effectiveness in his or her social work function. Veterans eligible for HUD/VASH come from a wide geographic area. Their health and mental health needs may be complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. Services are provided in healthcare settings and in the community. The HUD/VASH Program requires continuous coordination with the community''s homeless providers and coalitions as well as with other local, state and federal agencies.
Senior Social Worker:
Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in the area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state 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 grand fathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advance practice level. Senior social workers may have certification or other postmasters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.
The advanced practice social worker can be further differentiated from the independent practice social worker by his/her ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. As a Senior Social Worker, employee exercises independent judgment, primarily operating on a day-today basis in an independent manner, maintaining full responsibility to keep the supervisor apprised of activities and any issues in need of close collaboration.
The Senior Social Worker is assigned to 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 community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) or satellite outpatient clinics. He/she serves the Gillette CBOC both in-person as well as via Telehealth. They may be assigned to work with special patient populations with highly complex health or mental health problems, such VA/DoD liaisons assigned to Military treatment Facilities, or social work case managers in Mental Health Intensive Case Management programs. Although the vast majority of patient population serves discharged and/or retired veterans, he/she has held the responsibility of working with active duty personnel whom are in the process of being discharged. Incumbent is required to work with any patient identified in need or requesting aid as a result of their mental health condition, which are frequently numerous and complex in nature and may be sometimes additionally involve multiple physical complications and/or Traumatic Brain Injury conditions.
Work Schedule : Monday- Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized .
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship
English language proficiency (written and spoken)
Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
License, Registration, Certification Requirements (as applicable)
Have a Masters Degree in Social Work from an Accredited school.
References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker QUALIFICATION STANDARD, February 13, 2009.
Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. If applicable
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency. 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.
Veteran''s Preference : When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.
For more information on Veterans'' Preference, go to .
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, 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 questionnaire , and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 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 1090311.
2. Fax your documents to .
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Occupational Questionnaire
2. CV or Resume
3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations - Available at
4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at .
7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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