Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (HUD-VASH) in Junction City, Kansas
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Junction City, KS
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (1 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (19 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825669
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. 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/
All applicants applying under this external announcement will be subject to Veterans Preference
To provide Case Management service for VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans. The incumbent is responsible for coordination of case management services for veterans receiving housing provided through HUD Section 8 housing vouchers. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Perform site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.
Verifies the veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.
Responsible for ensuring that homeless veterans are considered as primary participants for acceptance.
Complies with criminal conflict of interest laws and Executive Branch Standards of conduct so as to avoid conflicts on interest while serving as the HUD-VASH Case Manager.
Actively participates in the HUD-VASH Program conference calls and attends training offered by the HUD-VASH
Responsible for following local policy for the HUD-VASH Program. This includes following policies and documentation requirements as required for CARF and JCAHO accreditation
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm or 7:30am - 4:00pm
Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker/000000
- 75% or Greater
- There will be extensive daily travel providing transportation for patients to various appointments in the community.
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- U.S. Citizenship
- Background and-or Security Investigation required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Valid state Class C drivers license
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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 is social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. (Transcripts required).
- Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. (VHA may wave the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites as a social worker).
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j, this part.
Preferred Experience: Experience working as a Case Manager within Mental health Residential Treatment programs.
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.
GS-9 Level - is the entry level grade for the social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licenser or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below: 1.Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. 2.Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed. 3.Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, 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. 4.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. 5.Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnosis, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. 6.Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.
GS-11 Level: In addition to the basic requirements, must have a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in the state at the independent practice level. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: 1.Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. 2.Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team. 3.Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture. 4.Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnosis, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.Qualifications continued under requirements tab
References: The Qualification Standard for this occupation can be found in VA Handbook 5005/50 Part II, Appendix G39. SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, Dated February 29,2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
Physical Requirements:Position requires occasional heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over, pushing ( 1 hour), use of fingers, both hands required, periods of standing (5 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), both legs required, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted) some bending, lifting and carrying of heavy items such as household items. Must be able to access and drive government transportation either a car or van to transport patients.
Continued from Qualifications GS-11;
- Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
6.Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For examples, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
7.Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
8.Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
9.Knowledge and skill in use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $49,028.00 to $77,114.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0185-00/00
Promotion Potential: 00
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 453423900
Job Announcement Number: YN-EJ-16-CK-1825669-BU