Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration SOCIAL WORKER in Augusta, Maine
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Augusta, ME
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (7 day(s) ago)
** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (13 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number 1820704
*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.
The VA Maine Healthcare System is seeking a Social Worker to provide clinical psychosocial and case management services to Veterans and their families in the Geriatrics & Extended Care Service Line. The duty location is Augusta, ME. We are the employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence. We value you!
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/.
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.**
The incumbent is responsible for providing a full continuum of geriatric services to Veterans and their families. The Short Stay Rehabilitation (SS Rehab) Social Worker provides clinical psychosocial and case management services to Veterans and their family members to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs.
Duties are not limited to:
Conducting psychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members.
The incumbent is an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines.
The incumbent is an active member of the interdisciplinary admission team on the Community Living Center, and interfaces with the inpatient social workers and providers to help identify those Veterans who are most likely to benefit from the services provided on the Short Stay Rehabilitation unit. Is the primary point of contact for orchestrating admissions to various Community Living Center units.
Provides education to Veterans and their family members/significant others to assist them in understanding the diagnosis, nature of illness, and medical and social implications of the illness or treatment.
Screens veterans for signs of depression, anxiety, etc., and making appropriate referrals for treatment.
Coordinate community resources and assist Veterans and family members with making decisions and applications for long term care.
Serve as liaisons with community agencies.
Participates in the development of individual treatment plans to address all identified treatment needs of veterans.
The incumbent manages, plans, implements, monitors, and evaluates the Veteran's discharge plan in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary team.
Provides psychosocial case management services for veterans at high medical or social risk, assuring continuity of care, compliance with treatment and reducing unnecessary admissions, outpatient visits, and emergency department visits.
Assists Veterans and family members with psychosocial problems.
Coordinates family conferences and meetings and addresses family issues that impact the Veteran's health and functioning.
Serves as the advocate for patients with staff helps staff understand the veteran's perspective, life situation, coping mechanisms. psychosocial problems, etc.
Helps Veterans with chronic or terminal illness, addressing end-of-life issues, including advance directives, living wills, pain management and dying.
Provides coordination of multidisciplinary staff in providing and coordinating services.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30 am 4:00 pm OR 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Functional Statement Title/#: Short Stay Rehabilitation Community Living Center (CLC) Social Worker.
Off station travel may be required to conduct interventions, coordinate services, and/or represent the agency. The incumbent must be able to operate a motor vehicle and possess a valid state driver's license.
- Occasional Travel
- Off station travel may be required to conduct interventions, coordinate services, and/or represent the agency.
- You must a US Citizen.
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Background and-or Security Investigation required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Must possess a valid driver's license.
Citizenship. Be a citizen of the US.
Education. Have a master's degree in social work (SW) from a school of SW fully accredited by the Council on SW Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of SW that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of SW is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in SW may not be substituted for the master's degree in SW.
Licensure. Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice SW 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. VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker.
English Language Proficiency. SW's must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Preferred experience includes: individual and group counseling to patients and family members over issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a patient's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.
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, religious, 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 Social Worker:
Experience, Education & Licensure. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 Social Work series and is used for SW's with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for SW's who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. SW's at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs in the paragraph below:
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, & other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development& behavior (physical & psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, & culture.
Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, & 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 & their family members, & to formulate & implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, & assistance needed.
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.
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.
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.
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 Social Worker:
Experience, Education and Licensure.The GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care Social Work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a 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 in subparagraph (b) below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities**
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
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.
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.
Knowledge and experience in the use 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.
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.
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 example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
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.
Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
Assignments. This is the full performance level for social workers. GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.
References:VA Handbook 5005/23 Part II, Appendix G39 Qualification Standard dated September 28, 2010. http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-39.pdf
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:The work is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. There are no special demands required to perform this work.
Work Environment:Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common to a health care environment. Some work is performed in a setting away from the office where the environment cannot be controlled.
What To Expect Next
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:**
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
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: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0185-09/11
Promotion Potential: 11
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452872300
Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-17-LLR-1820704