Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration SOCIAL WORKER (HUD/VASH) in Bronx, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
4 vacancies in the following location:
  • Bronx, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE 2 YEARS

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1820369

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?

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.

**Note: This position is temporary NTE 2 years. However, Please note that time limited appointments may be terminated at any time depending on budgetary situation and the needs of the department. Appointments will be extended on year to year basis.


The Social Worker performs intensive case management with homeless veterans seeking housing and contributes to team decision to accept veteran into program at regular team meeting. The worker will communicate results of program activities/decisions to the referral source in a professional manner in order to insure continuity of care. Perform initial housing assessment within program time frame(s). The assessment includes a review of veteran's health status, psychosocial history, financial status, history of drug and alcohol use, mental health status, including recent psychiatric evaluation, and housing history. Provide to the veteran information, referrals and follow-up services on an on-going basis. Referrals will be made to VA and/or outside resources regarding but not limited to: benefit programs, substance abuse issues and programs, vocational training and job placement programs, legal services, physical and mental health services, housing resources. The social worker will have a good working knowledge of community resources and methods of accessibility to such. Assist the veteran in developing productive money management techniques and, when possible, refer consumer, based on individual assessment, to appropriate training for life skills development when and where available. Provide intake, assessment and housing placement outcome data to the program coordinator on a monthly basis. All outcomes, such as, intake, placement, changes in housing plans, discharges, etc must be communicated to the Program Coordinator to insure the clinical and fiscal integrity of the program. Advocate on behalf of the consumer with other VA staff and programs, outside agencies, landlords and other housing providers.The incumbent may drive a car in the NYC area to visit shelters and community centers; a valid driver's license will be required. Required experience in dealing with homeless veterans seeking housing and community resources.

Work Schedule:* 8:00am to 4:30pm *Functional Statement Title/#: 000000**

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • ### Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy

  • Masters degree in Social Worker (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social work Education (CSWE)

  • * Appointment to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year 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.*

  • * Licensure - Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.*

  • Physical Requirements (see VA Directive and handbook 5019)**

  • English Language Proficiency**

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge ability or other worker characteristic basic to and essential for satisfactory performance of the job). Selective placement Factors are prerequisites to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

This position selective placement Factor requires one year of social worker experience in homelessness or housing experience. Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be ineligible for consideration.

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.

Grade Determinations:

In addition to the basic requirements and meeting selective factor for consideration, the following criteria must be met:**

Experience:Completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree specialized 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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as one year of demonstrated ability and knowledge of homelessness, housing and community resources for the homeless; referrals to the homeless community and other government agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services for homeless population. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. (A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic - medical or psychiatric, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in a collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.) Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master's Degree in Social Work.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-11 level, applicant may substitute a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities below at the GS-11;

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 diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

5. 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 example, 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 the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER*QUALIFICATION STANDARD*, dated February 2009This 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: 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:Pre-employment physical required. Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical involving light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds), walking (6-8hrs) and standing (6-8hrs) with the ability to safely drive a motor vehicle, rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near and far vision including hearing required . See VA Handbook 5019

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] 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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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: $66,940.00 to $87,021.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452755900

Job Announcement Number: VHA-526-16-SD-1820369-BU