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Job Title: Senior Social Worker
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Senior Social Worker
Work Schedule: Full-Time

The position is that of Admissions Coordinator, for the Trauma Recovery Programs (TRP) at the Menlo Park Division of VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The incumbent works across the men's and women's residential program and the PTSD Intensive Outpatient Program. The incumbent is able to make complex and independent clinical judgments as demonstrated by at least two years of specialized social work practice.

The TRP mission is to provide comprehensive and intensive rehabilitation services for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and to serve as a national model of treatment designed to meet the needs of Veterans, active duty service members, and their families and significant others. The goal of treatment is to educate the program resident about the nature and impact of PTSD, to restore individuals to their highest level of functioning, to reduce and manage symptoms, to teach a variety of communication and coping skills, to mobilize personal and community resources and to promote reintegration into their communities and reconnection with their families and loved ones. The treatment is 60-90 day residential and/or intensive outpatient, group-based, evidenced-based treatment for PTSD. Treatment is continuously refined through the incorporation of treatment outcomes, other research findings, program evaluation, and clinical experience. The TRP treats all kinds of military trauma (combat and military sexual trauma), and serves Veterans from all eras, including Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) active duty, national guard, and reservists. As such, the TRP treats complex, special population cases with multiple medical and psychiatric comorbidities with special areas of emphasis including relationship issues, traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, substance abuse, and military-related adjustment issues.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • The TRP Social Worker is primarily responsible for the referral and admissions processes for Veterans and active duty service members seeking intensive PTSD treatment, as well as responsible for providing comprehensive care at the advanced practice level, including screening, assessing, treatment planning, case management, clinical care collaboration, discharge planning, expansive follow-up, and the provision of evidenced-based treatments, including, but not limited to, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assigned program clientele.
  • The incumbent represents the social work profession and reflects the discipline's unique perspective when collaborating with colleagues and with teammates on the TRP multidisciplinary team that includes other social workers, nurses, psychologists, readjustment counselors, recreational therapists, and psychiatrists.
  • The incumbent has program development and effective administrative responsibilities toward improving and refining service delivery systems. The incumbent will provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Education. 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 not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. [Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are acceptable].
  • 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. [Copy of License must be submitted at time of application].
Preferred Experience: The incumbent must have at least two years of advanced clinical and case management expertise. Experience should include rehab. Medicine and work on interdisciplinary treatment teams.

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-12, Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) below:

Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness.

Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.

Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, PART II, APPENDIX G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, Dated February 13, 2009. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Education. 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 not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. [Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are acceptable].
  • 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. [Copy of License must be submitted at time of application].
Preferred Experience: The incumbent must have at least two years of advanced clinical and case management expertise. Experience should include rehab. Medicine and work on interdisciplinary treatment teams.

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-12, Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) below:

Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness.

Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.

Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, PART II, APPENDIX G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, Dated February 13, 2009. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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