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Job opening: Social Worker

Salary: $59 368 - 93 375 per year
Published at: Jan 24 2024
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.


Incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System Mental Health Clinic. The incumbent will act as a Care Coordinator as part of a Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) team. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans referred to the BHIP team. Major duties and responsibilities include: As the Outpatient Mental Health Social Worker, the incumbent social worker's duties may include, but are not limited to the following tasks: Clinical Duties 90% Providing a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice throughout the continuum of care which include psychosocial assessment, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management, coping with grief and loss, and other services as appropriate within the framework of a recovery-oriented, multi-disciplinary treatment team. Providing individual and group consultation/psycho-education and skill building training to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits. Completing brief assessments to recommend appropriate treatment planning and service recommendations. Acting as a consultant to other team/staff members. Providing consultation/education to medical residents on social work practice and VA policy and procedure. Acting as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed. Providing wellness/prevention education and facilitate Patient/family support groups as appropriate. Conducting Role Recovery oriented groups/education on the Psychiatric inpatient units. Supervising, as appropriate, the practice of social work students, for a less experienced social worker. Administrative Duties 10% Participating in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the service chief. Maintaining data and statistical compilations to comply with JCAHO, VA and medical center policy and procedures. Documenting social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care. Participating in a rotation of on-call social workers, including modification of tour of duty to accommodate patient care needs on weekends. Addressing Advance Directives and Organ Donation in accordance with the standards of their work area. Grade distinctions: At the GS-11 level, Employees at this level serve as full performance level and are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. At the GS-09 level, Employees at this grade level are considered to be entry level position. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Compressed/Flexible:Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact [email protected], the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: 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 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 (https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation.aspx) to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work 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. Exception: VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. Failure to become licensed or certified within the proscribed amount of time may result in termination of employment. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-09: Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Fundamental knowledge 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. GS-11: Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-11 full performance level 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. 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. 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. 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. 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: Experience providing outpatient mental health care is strongly preferred. Experience with evidence based psychotherapy is preferred as well References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary but may require some physical effort, the work requires extensive travel throughout the medical center. The incumbent may also be required to travel by car or plane. The work may require occasional overnight travel.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: 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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.


  • Address Northern Indiana HCS 1700 East 38th Street Marion, IN 46953 US
  • Name: Katrina Majors
  • Phone: 443-421-5813
  • Email: [email protected]


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