The VA Palo Alto Health Care system is currently recruiting for
multiple GS-12 Senior Social Workers for the Domiciliary Operations
A relocation/recruitment incentive may be authorized for a
highly qualified applicant.
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Senior Social Worker as the ability to provide independent and
expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in the
specialized area of practice, HUD-VASH, under the Domiciliary
Service 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 Senior Social Worker has specialized knowledge of practice
related to homeless, at-risk and justice-involved Veterans.
The Senior Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of
practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional
development of colleagues through mentorship, teaching or providing
orientation to less experienced social workers; provides clinical
supervision for social work licensure or certification;
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.
Major duties include:
Serves as a Health Care System point of contact for the National
HUD/VASH Program, Office of Mental Health Services, VACO. The
incumbent assists with data collection, administrative record
keeping, and monitoring patient or program clinical indicators,
thresholds, and performance measurements. Additionally, the
incumbent develops working relationships and agreements with other
organizations and directly coordinates with the designated PHA
regarding the housing voucher application and award process for
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. The incumbent maintains current and
establishes new relationships with other community-based service
providers for the homeless, and when appropriate, represents VA at
community service provider meetings.
Evaluates the veteran's situation, abilities, and capabilities,
and arrives at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of
vulnerability and prioritization for admission.
Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary plan,
involving the veteran and family or significant others, and
performs an insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases
involving psychiatric illness which may also include, catastrophic
medical condition, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other
high risk diagnoses.
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.
Work Schedule: 8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Telework, if approved, would be regularly scheduled throughout
the week, but this is not a remote or virtual position.
This announcement will remain open until 9/30/2021 or an
applicant is selected. Applicants who apply before midnight EST of
2/25/2021 will be referred to the hiring manager first. Applicants
who apply after that date will be referred to the hiring manager
every three weeks.
0185 Social Work
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- 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
- This position requires a current valid unrestricted state
issued driver's license.
- 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.
- 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, this part.
Senior Social Worker, GS-12
Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years
of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should
be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year
must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers
have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice
skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their
specialized area of practice. 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.
Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed
or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which
included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless
they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to
practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued
in California, which administers its own clinical examination for
advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to
the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the
(a) 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
(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in
differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical
privileges or scope of practice.
(c) Knowledge 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 and to design system changes.
(d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues
and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the
service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social
work practice skills.
(e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work
profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice
guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area.
References: VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39
Physical Requirements: This position requires Moderate lifting,
15-44 lbs, Moderate carrying; Reaching above shoulders; Use of
fingers; Walking 1-4 hours; Standing 4 hours; Repeated bending 8
hours; Hearing (aid permitted). Operation of a motor vehicle to
transport patients and materials is required.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your
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.
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