Job opening: Social Worker (HUD/VASH) Case Manager
Salary: $87 822 - 114 164 per year
Published at: Dec 07 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application.
The Social Worker (HUD/VASH) Case Manager is assigned to HUD-VASH Program, located at the Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), along with the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs, at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. The Social Worker provides veterans who are homeless and at risk of homelessness with one-stop access to community-based, multiagency services to promote permanent housing, health and mental health care, career development and access to VA and non-VA benefits.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Serves as a Clinical Case Manager, utilizing skills such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Harm Reduction in addition to the Housing First.
Works independently with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, financial, legal, and psychosocial problems.
Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing with individuals from varied backgrounds, such as Veterans, diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and/or dual diagnoses, that may present with complex placement challenges.
Utilizes various treatment modalities of individual and group work, casework, educational classes, community organization, community outreach activities and/or supportive groups for Veterans and families.
Provides consultation and education to Veterans and their families regarding community resources, VA benefits specialty programs, and advance directives.
Posses skills and knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans and their families throughout the continuum of care.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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). 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.
Licensure. Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
GS-11 Social Worker: Requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level (conducting clinical assessments, and providing psychosocial services: including individual, family, and group psychotherapy) in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
In addition to meeting the GS-11 requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
2. Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.
3. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan.
4. Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals.
5. Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
Preferred Experience: Prefers a minimum of 3 years providing the following: Case Management Services to Veterans in HUD/VASH at Advanced Licensed Level; experience working with patients with acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, and an ability to formulate effective treatment plans; case management experience providing wrap-around service to patients with multiple & complex psychosocial issues or persistent challenges. Experience working as a member of a interdisciplinary team and utilizing a team-based approach.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS 11.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve active listening, reading, observing and evaluating verbal and nonverbal behavior, walking, speaking, bending, carrying light items such as paper, books, small parts, writing reports, writing clinical notes, using office equipment such as computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopy machines, and possibly driving an automobile. Some work is performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable disease common of the homeless population. Strenuous physical activity is not required.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Address Washington VA Medical Center
50 Irving Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20422
- Name: Latoya Bechet
- Phone: 713-494-8268
- Email: [email protected]