Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (HUDVASH) in Kansas City, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Kansas City, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (9 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818415

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?

The Kansas City VA is embarking on a journey of moving beyond performance measure and becoming the Healthcare System Veterans Trust and Choose.

Our patients depend on us and we depend on professionals like you.

If you are interested in being a part of a LEAN organization and putting other's needs before your own this may be the organization for you. Yours might be the first face they see when they come through our doors. Yours might be the voice they hear right after a surprise diagnosis. Yours might be the eyes they look into as they are pushed in a wheelchair to a frightening procedure. Your attitude reflects us and everything we are proud of in this organization. By applying for this position you have chosen to help serve our patients and we appreciate you.

With the initiation of cultural change, along with knowledge and tools for change, the Kansas City VA will continue to move towards a practice of continuous improvement. In the endeavor, we recognize that this change will not occur suddenly, that dedicated individuals like yourself will be required, that leadership involvement is necessary, and employee engagement paramount.

As a 157 bed medical, surgical, and psychiatric facility, the Kansas City VA provides comprehensive health care through primary care and tertiary care in subspecialty medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Take a closer look at Kansas City at

* 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.*

All INTERNAL applicants should apply to CD-16-SK-1809205-BU. This is an internal announcement open to current, permanent VA employees or permanent employees of another Federal Agency.


The incumbent serves as a Social Worker for the Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH) Program in the Mental Health Service Line. The incumbent is under the supervision of the Homeless Program Coordinator and is responsible for the coordination of case management services for Veterans receiving housing provided through HUD Section 8 housing vouchers.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing HUD/VASH case management

  • Conducting site visits to HUD/VASH apartments

  • Collecting and submitting data for various reports

  • Coordinating care which includes serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery

  • Participating in the HUD/VASH Program conference calls/meetings and attending training

  • Working with multi-disciplinary teams and community agencies to strive for developing more effective and efficient ways of delivering healthcare services to HUD/VASH Program Veterans

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, with evenings, weekends, and/or adjusted tours as needed to ensure quality care to veterans. Functional Statement Title/#:Social Worker, GS-185-11, Housing and Urban Development - VA Supported Housing Specialist

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.

Basic Requirements:

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

  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)

  • Physical standards: All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

  • License, Registration, Certification Requirements: 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. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.

  • 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. (Must provide copy of transcript(s) with application)

Preferred Experience: Clinical Social Work Licensure. Applicants with the following certifications from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) are highly preferred: Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). (AHA certification preferred.) The selected employee will be required to receive these certifications prior to assuming clinical responsibilities and ensure current certifications after employment is maintained.

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:

GS-11 Social Worker

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, OR(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. The candidate must also demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below:

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 QUALIFCATION STANDARD GS-185 Veterans Health Administration. This 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: *Must be able to read fine print and view a computer and view a computer screen; frequently use a computer/laptop, keyboard and mouse; speak and hear well enough to understand, respond and communicate clearly in person and on the telephone; possess independent body mobility sufficient to stand, sit, walk, stoop, bend, reach, twist, push to access the work environment, workshop and a standard office environment; manual dexterity and sufficient use of hands, arms and shoulders to operate a keyboard and write; ability to sit or walk for prolonged periods of time; lift or carry items weighing up to 40 pounds. The incumbent must be able to transport veterans and drive a government automobile in the performance of their official duties. *Incumbent must be able to pass a VA driving physical.

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

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: $59,318.00 to $77,114.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452529600

Job Announcement Number: CD-16-SK-181415-BU