Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief, Social Work Service in Denver, Colorado

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Denver, CO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

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

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1817692

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?

ECHCS vision for 2017. VA Eastern Colorado HealthCare System (ECHCS) is complexity level 1a and provides a full range of state-of-the-art patient care services. ECHCS provides tertiary care and services to over 72,000 patients and is a major referral center for veterans living in Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, and New Mexico. ECHCS serves as an educational and research center, it is highly affiliated with medical and educational institutions. Health Care Services are provided at 15 different geographically dispersed locations incorporating nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics, two Primary Care Telehealth Outpatient Clinics, one local and one remote Community Living Center, Homeless Veteran's Domiciliary, a Community Referral and Resource Center, a Polytrauma and Blind Rehabilitation Center and VA presence on two DOD bases; Fort Carson and U.S. Air Force Academy covering a geographical area of over 10,000 square miles. ECHCS employs over 2,500 personnel in 150 occupations.



The Social Work Chief for the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System {VAECHCS), a Level 1A high complexity tertiary care facility, has full responsibility for provision of complex social work services requiring advanced practice skills. Incumbent is a full­ time administrator for social workers within medical, surgical, geriatrics, community care and telehealth settings, including subordinate supervisory social workers. Incumbent has full responsibility for program management, education, human resource management and supervision, and organizational stewardship for all social work programs. Incumbent serves as the Social Work Executive for VAECHCS and is responsible for overall professional practice, clinical practice of all social workers within the healthcare system, totaling over 170 FTEE across five administrative services. The VAECHCS serves as the primary network site for specialty services, with a variety of clinical programs with a wide range of acute activities providing inpatient and outpatient services and treatment for patients in general medicine and surgery, medical specialty programs, geriatric and extended care, mental health, PTSD RRTP, PRRTP, SATP, palliative care, hospice care, home-based primary care, community care, homeless DRRTP and the homeless continuum of care (outreach , GPO, HUDNASH, ACT, CRRC), and various other ambulatory

  • are programs with related research, educational and program evaluation functions. The position requires that the employee travels to the various sites within the healthcare system, and to other VA facilities, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), or VA Central Office as necessary.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to the various sites as necessary
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Pre-employment Examination
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated Drug Testing
  • Background Investigation
  • Transcripts and License Required


Citizenship:Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

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

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: A pre-employment physical is required.

English Language Proficiency.:Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: ** In addition to the basic requirements listed above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Experience, Education and Licensure: *Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the *advanced practice level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

a. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. b. Knowledge of legal, ethical, and professional standards applicable to social work practice. c. Ability to develop, maintain, and oversee social work programs in all settings. This includes identifying needs for social work assessment, evaluation, and treatment; determining priority needs for social work services; and recommending adjustments to staffing levels accordingly. d. Demonstrated global knowledge of social work practice in health care and mental health settings including resources, and the policies and procedures pertaining to home and community based care, acute care, ambulatory care, long term care, performance measures, and clinical guidelines. e. Ability to provide consultation to care line managers and other staff on social work qualification standards, social work practice, social work competency, social work productivity, and social work continuing education. f. Ability to provide supervision for social work licensure and practice supervision for facility social workers. References: VA Handbook 5005/50 Part II, Appendix G39

Creditable Experience:

(1) Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

(2) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the GS-13 grade level in federal service.

(3) Advanced Practice Level. Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice 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 advanced practice or Senior Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; 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. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker will make independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; the consequences to the veteran of these decisions and actions may be quite serious. Work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills not typically required in routine social work interventions. The advanced practice or senior social worker has mastered a range of specialized interventions and provides consultation to colleagues, renders professional opinions based on experience and expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention, and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings.

Physical Requirements:

The work is primarily sendentary and involves heavy use of computers and all other communication tools. At times, stress may cause physical demands.

*Veterans' Preference: *When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application

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The VA employs People with Disabilities under the Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).

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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

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. 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

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: $107,272.00 to $139,457.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: Yes


Control Number: 453051400

Job Announcement Number: ECH-17-PLR-T38-1817692