Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker in Yakima, Washington

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

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under announcement number: 1817857

*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 served 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.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center supports Psychosocial and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation and Outpatient services to veterans throughout Southeastern Washington, Southwestern Idaho, and Northeastern Oregon. If you would like more information regarding the facility please go to the following website:

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 incumbent provides veterans in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program with high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordinates linkage with appropriate VA and community service providers agencies as needed by the client. The Social Worker conducts work activity independently using his/hers education training, clinical experience, VA polices, and The Joint Commission standards in administering direct services to the Veteran. These service include: psychosocial assessment of patient/family needs; individual, group, and family counseling; caregiver burden assessments and interventions, and casework services for the purpose of addressing identified needs. The comprehensive case management approach is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the HBPC Team or other interdisciplinary treatment teams.

Work Schedule:Monday-Friday, 8am to 4:30pm

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be within a 60 mile radius of the Yakima, WA clinic
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:

  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Education: Must have a master's degree in social work (MSW) 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 notbe substituted for the master's degree in social work.
  • Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
  • English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

*Preferred Experience: *Licensure as a Social Worker at the highest Advanced Practice Level is preferred.

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:In addition to meeting the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of the candidate:

GS-11 (Full Performance Level):**

*Experience, Education and Licensure: *In addition to meeting all the basic requirements, 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.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.

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, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard.

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: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional Stability.

Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. The work will require periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and employee may carry light items such as books, laptops, etc. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position. Positions which may involve Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements.

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: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to Veterans and all US Citizens

Control Number: 452456700

Job Announcement Number: VJ-16-RDC-1817853-BU