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Job Title: Social Worker (Cardiovascular)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fairfield, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Social Worker (Cardiovascular)

Promotion to GS-12 grade social workers are administratively responsible or a clinic program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injuruy (SCI), Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST), Homeless Veterans Program (HVP), Community Nursing Home Program (CNHP) and other specialized programs. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. They manage the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget and various control points assinged to the program within the assigned areas. The incumbent manages and controls the use of data related to these programs regarding day to day functioning and program evaluation. In conjunction with the supervisory social worker, plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, patient and personnel activities for the service. The Social Worker is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or population. Incumbent should have at least 2 years in an area of specialized social work practice and licensed or hold certification in a state at the advanced practice level.

Incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to David Grant Medical Center, a Military Treatment Facility (MTF) at Travis Air Force Base. Patients served include both Department of Defense (DOD) and VA patients being treated by the Joint Cardiovascular Care Center Joint Incentive Funding (JIF) Program and may include both inpatients and outpatients. Accordingly, the interface of these two complex health care systems requires knowledge of both systems and intervening within the interface of these two systems is critical to assure success of these and future ventures as well as to ensure continuity of care for veterans and military service members and their families.

The incumbent is responsible for working with supervisor to coordinate social work services for VA Social Work Programs at DGMC in Fairfield and modifying services to best meet the treatment needs of Veterans and to promote efficient practice. The working lead social worker will provide direct medical social work services in the cardio-vascular inpatient and outpatient units. This position does not have access to an on-site social work supervisor.

The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of veterans. Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems often at a time when the veteran is experiencing crisis and include the provision of short-term, solution focused counseling with veterans and/or their families. Referrals typically originate from members of the interdisciplinary team and from veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must complete assessments to determine the presenting problem, to determine in-home factors impacting the problem, and to determine obstacles to treatment and/or discharge follow through with recommended treatments. Consultation with members of the multidisciplinary team is provided in order to coordinate a collaborative effort to meet the agreed upon goals for a veteran's treatment needs and include serving as liaison with community professionals regarding needed services for veterans and/or their families. Services include but are not limited to discharge planning, screening/assessment, treatment planning/goal setting, advocacy, referral to service providers, resource usage/development, coordination of non-institutional and institutional services, crisis intervention, education/health promotion and prevention, and supportive counseling.


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title: Social Worker (Cardiovascular)

On-Call: No

Rotating Shifts: No

Required to work holidays or weekends: No

Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English language proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Education: Must 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 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 degree meets accreditation standards for a master of social work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
  • Licensure: Must have a current and active license or certification by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level OR meet the exception for grade GS-11 social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment and can become licensed at the independent/master's level within 3 years of appointment? In California, 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 California prerequisites for licensure. Failure to become licensed within the prescribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.
    (COPIES OF LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION PACKET

Grade Determinations:
Specialized Experience for GS-12 LEVEL:
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).

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs listed below:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER, available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (3 hours); Standing (1-2 hours); Both eyes required; Hearing (aid permitted); drive to agency or homes; repeated computer use. Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working around moving objects or vehicles; Working closely with others; possible exposure to communicable disease or bloodbourne pathogens.

None

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

1. A current CV or resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties.

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search

3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (required)

4. All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non VA: "Notification of Personnel Action" (SF-50's) documenting permanent status (career or career-conditional), promotion action to the highest grade held in the federal government, and if applicable, your separation SF-50.

5. Optional: Your most recent Performance Appraisal if directly related to the position for which you are applying.

6. All Veterans: "Military Discharge Certificate" for each enlistment (DD-214). Please include a copy which shows the type of discharge received.

7. All 10-point preference eligible Veterans: SF-15 "Application for 10 point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and supporting documentation stated on the SF-15. This form is available at: https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf

Preference will not be granted without proper documentation.

8. Copy of your college transcript(s). Certificates/diplomas are not acceptable. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to submit official college transcript(s) prior to appointment (required).

9. Copy of your current registration/certification/licensure (required).


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. (required)

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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • 10-2850c, License
  • 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:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English language proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Education: Must 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 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 degree meets accreditation standards for a master of social work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
  • Licensure: Must have a current and active license or certification by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level OR meet the exception for grade GS-11 social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment and can become licensed at the independent/master's level within 3 years of appointment? In California, 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 California prerequisites for licensure. Failure to become licensed within the prescribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.
    (COPIES OF LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION PACKET

Grade Determinations:
Specialized Experience for GS-12 LEVEL:
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).

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs listed below:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER, available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (3 hours); Standing (1-2 hours); Both eyes required; Hearing (aid permitted); drive to agency or homes; repeated computer use. Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; Slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working around moving objects or vehicles; Working closely with others; possible exposure to communicable disease or bloodbourne pathogens.
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