This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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. 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. Grade Determinations: GS-9 Entry Level Social Worker 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. GS-11 Full Performance Social Worker 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. 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 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: This position requires light lifting; Use of fingers; and hearing (Aid permitted). Operation of a motor vehicle is required. ["The VA Northern California Health Care system is currently recruiting for a Social Worker- Homeless Outreach for the Social Work Service at the Mather location. The Homeless Outreach Coordinator is a critical position under the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV). The Homeless Outreach Coordinator will identify and work directly with Veterans in a variety of settings both within the outpatient clinic and in the community in shelters, drop-in centers, and community housing settings. The Homeless Outreach Coordinator will work to clinically assess and engage the Veteran and link him/her to needed services with the goal of psychosocial stabilization and increased residential stability. The Homeless Outreach Coordinator partners with community agencies through informal outreach agreements and more formalized contracts and agreements. At the community level, the Homeless Outreach Coordinator attends community meetings, and partners with community agencies in strategies to end homelessness among Veterans. The Homeless Outreach Coordinator represents the VA in the community and may be asked to provide education on the specific needs of the Veteran population. A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Serves as the VA facility primary point of contact (POC) on the local Stand-Downs, participating on the planning committee and serves as key chairperson on Stand-Down subcommittees. POC assist in coordinating the involvement of other VA staff members and outlining their roles in supporting Stand Downs. Provides outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs and provides ongoing case management and follow-up. Provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Provides services/clinical case management to Veterans housed in various residential programs. In addition, the social worker will act as a liaison between CERS programs and the NCHCS to ensure Veteran needs are met while in the programs. The incumbent will facilitate routine meetings, in collaboration with CERS agency staff to ensure services are provided as outlined in their contracts by conducting audits and reviewing performance measures. Provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Work Schedule: Exact schedule to be discussed during the interview process.\nTelework: Telework if approved would be on a regularly scheduled basis, but this is not a remote or virtual position.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #612-00108-F\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified applicants.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.