Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration SOCIAL WORKER in Springfield, Ohio

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

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) is looking for applicants who possess integrity and character to become employees that are committed to serving our Nation's Veterans. Employees that place the needs of others ahead of their own, who treat all with dignity and respect, while consistently striving for excellence in their workmanship. Every position at the Dayton VAMC; regardless of job title, provides the opportunity to make a meaningful and personal contribution to America's Veterans. For more information on why choosing to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs is a good career choice, go to

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1821923

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?

This is an External Announcement. If you are a current permanent VA Nationwide employee please apply to the Internal Announcement: KO-16-GW-1821910-BU.

Since 1867, the Dayton VA Medical Center has a proud heritage of providing high quality health care to those who have served our country. We are one of the three oldest VA facilities, providing continuous service to Veterans for over 141 years. The city of Dayton, known as the birthplace of flight, is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Southwestern Ohio and is within an hour drive of Cincinnati and Columbus. The Dayton metropolitan area has five universities, affordable real estate, excellent school systems, museums, theaters, seasonal recreational opportunities, and is the home of Wright Patterson Are Force Base, and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Dayton VA Medical Center is a tertiary care facility that provides acute, nursing home, mental health hospice/palliative, and domiciliary care in an affiliated teaching and research environment.

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.


The Social Worker must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans with a wide range of mental health diagnoses and conditions. Independently conducts bio-psychosocial assessments. Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Possesses the skills needed to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions.

Able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other Government programs and community agency programs. Participates in scheduling, triaging, monitoring the flow of Mental Health patients in the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Recognizes emergency situations, summons appropriate help and responds appropriately including assistance with crisis intervention services, admissions to acute psychiatric care, provision of case management services and liaison to family members.

Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Able to independently work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual group and family counseling and therapy skills. Contributes to interdisciplinary care planning conferences, and team huddles/meetings.

Possesses general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation, non-service connected pension. Facilitates referrals based upon Veterans needs and eligibility.

Independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Incumbent is able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Administrative functions includes but not limited to serving on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN and/or VA Central Office levels. Maintains a level of productivity and quality consistent with facility and Social Work standards and the complexity of the assignment. Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, appropriate facility meetings.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm **Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker/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.
  • Must submit VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations

Basic Requirements:

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

  • Licensure: Licensed or certified by a State to Independently Practice at the Master's degree level.

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

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

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

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. 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.

  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, weakness, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary.

  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. The requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environmental, society and cultural.

  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 utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

  6. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social worker 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 practices 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 the use by VHA.

(c) 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Work Qualification Standard. 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:All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical Examination prior to employment may be required.

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:

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: $60,360.00 to $78,467.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: External Announcement: Open to Federal Employees of Other Agencies and US Citizens

Control Number: 452966700

Job Announcement Number: KO-17-GW-1821923-BU