Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker in Brunswick, Georgia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Many vacancies in the following locations:
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Dublin, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 12/14/2016 (51 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1825030

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.

Welcome to Dublin, "The Emerald City," and Laurens County, where small town southern charm and a determination to keep Dublin-Laurens County "Green and Growing" have combined to create a community rich in character and full of life. 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

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.

Recruitment and/or Relocation Incentive May Be Authorized for a well-qualified candidate.

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.


The Social Worker is assigned to Mental Health Service line at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center or a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and will provide Mental Health Services. Social Worker promoted to 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.

Services to Veterans in Carl Vinson VA Medical Center or CBOC include provision of high quality case management, individual and group therapy, clinical treatment, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies, as needed by the client. This is accomplished in collaboration with members of the Social Worker's respective members of their inpatient mental health treatment teams and other interdisciplinary treatment teams, as appropriate.

Social Worker may provide services in Outpatient Mental Health, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP), Substance Abuse Treatment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Suicide Prevention and Homeless Program(s). All programs are aligned under Mental Health Service Line.

Work Schedule: Work Schedule will be off tour either Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 pm-8:30 pm or Sunday-Thursday*12:00 pm-8:30 pm.*Position subject to rotating on-call coverage. On call schedule to be determined by selecting official.

Functional Statement Title/#: F557387

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US citizenship
  • English language proficiency
  • Background/suitability investigation
  • Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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).
  • 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. Walking and Standing for up to 2 hours, hearing, Near and Far Vision, and the use of fingers are functional requirements of the position. Environmental factors: You will be inside and outside and work closely with others.
  • 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.

GS-11 Social Worker

(a) Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to 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. NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 2c.


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.

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  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 5005/31, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated January 2010, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

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: WORKING CONDITIONS: Usually works indoors in areas which normally have adequate heat, light, and ventilation. PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary, however, there is some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as papers, files, manuals and records.

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.

Other Information

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-0185-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453325900

Job Announcement Number: OA-17-JLH-1825035-BU