Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration SOCIAL WORKER (Cancer Care Navigator/Hospice-Palliative Care) in Roseburg, Oregon

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

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1827638 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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

This position is with the Roseburg VA Medical Center, in Roseburg, OR. Roseburg is centrally located in Southwestern Oregon and you will find an excellent quality of life in a family-oriented community. With the Cascade Mountains to the east, and the beautiful coastline to the west, activities abound for outdoor enthusiast. Plus, Roseburg has all the amenities of a larger city while still offering the relaxed atmosphere of a small town environment. For more information on the Roseburg Area, please visit the following links:,,

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.


Incumbent is assigned to the Geriatrics/Acute Care Service under Patient Care Services at the Roseburg VA Medical Center (RVAMC). Services include both primary and secondary care health care services, including psychosocial screening and assessment, psychosocial treatment and intervention, specialized case management and care coordination, health education and advanced health care planning, interdisciplinary collaboration, coordination, and consultation, and administrative duties associated with Cancer Care Navigation Team (CCNT) and Hospice/Palliative Care Program for the Roseburg VA Medical Center (RVAMC) and for the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC). CCNT/HPC Social Workers work closely with other members of the assigned specialty care interdisciplinary treatment teams to which they are assigned, SORCC, VA tertiary care facilities (Portland and Puget Sound primarily), and community agencies in Oregon. Duties will also include care and support of palliative care veterans both inpatient and outpatient.

Patients served under the CCNT Program typically are those who have a suspicious or confirmed diagnosis of cancer, are in active treatment or remission, or are preparing to die. They require frequent coordinated interventions from multiple disciplines across several healthcare systems and the community. The Social Worker practices at the advanced level, applying advanced practice skills, knowledge, and judgment in developing and measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services, applying outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to terminal, chronically ill, and/or elderly patients. Incumbent is required to have a minimum of three years specialized experience in working with this population and is licensed or holds certification in a state at the independent practice level.

The Senior Social Worker possesses advanced practice skills and judgment and at least two years in an area of specialized social work practice. The Senior Social Worker is assigned to a major specialty treatment program or to a special patient population with highly complex physical and/or mental health problems requiring advanced-level psychosocial interventions (CCNT). The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibilities for clinical program and intervention development, evaluation, and modification. The Senior Social Worker should possess an advanced practice certification or other post-masters training in an area of specialized practice.

This Outpatient Specialty Senior Social Worker is assigned to a Cancer Care Navigator Team (CCNT), a multidisciplinary team which includes medical, nursing, and administrative specialties in oncology and case management. This team is responsible for coordinating cancer care across the care continuum - suspicion to diagnosis, diagnosis to treatment, active treatment, transitions in care, surveillance, survivorship, and end-of-life care. The CCNT assures timely, appropriate, and patient-centered care is provided during each stage of care and facilitates transitions across VHA facilities and with community providers. The CCNT Social Worker will work collaboratively with other VISN20 CCNTs and the VISN20 CCNT Program Manager to identify and address systems challenges for enhanced cancer care coordination across the region.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (Various day tours)

Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker (Cancer Care Navigator Team/Hospice/Palliative Care) Functional Statement

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

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). A doctorates degree may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

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. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.

(1) Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified. (a) For grades below or at the full performance level, 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. Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. In [states such as] California, [Washington, and others] where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master's level within one year of meeting the full [state] prerequisites for licensure. (b) It is VHA policy that a VHA social worker who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record. 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-9 Social Worker (a) Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.

Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-9 social workers are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised, as they are not yet functioning at the independent practice level conferred by independent licensure or certification. Social workers at the GS-9 entry level are typically assigned to VHA program areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience. Since these social workers are not practicing at an independent level, they should not be assigned to program areas where independent practice is required, such as in a CBOC, unless there is a licensed social worker in the program area who can provide supervision for practice. GS-9 social workers provide psychosocial services in the assigned area under supervision.

GS-11 Social Worker 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. 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.

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.


Preferred Experience: Certification preferred , with 2+years of experience in a hospital setting.

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: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, pushing, and driving. Transferring objects from the office to a vehicle and from a vehicle to a patient home may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on Veteran needs.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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. 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 position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-00/00

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453640200

Job Announcement Number: LW-17-PMu-1827638