Job opening: Social Worker
Salary: $59 966 - 94 317 per year
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to the Mental Health Clinic. The incumbent must use high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans referred to the Mental Health Clinic.
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The incumbent completes thorough psychosocial assessments as part of the consult process when the Veteran's is initially referred to the Mental Health Clinic. Other social work services include short-term, solution focused counseling with individuals and families who may be in crisis, supportive counseling, and referral for resources and benefits. The incumbent:
(1) Must have a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic
relationships with Veterans in the Mental Health Center and/or their families. The incumbent is able to
independently work with Veterans and their families who are experiencing a wide range of
complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial problems.
(2) Must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the psychosocial
functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must be able to utilize this
assessment in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level
of independence that is possible and practicable.
Is responsible for supporting the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department of Veterans
Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service
Network (VISN), and the facility.
Is willing to serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility as deemed
appropriate by the supervisor and Chief of Social Work Services.
Is mindful of keeping their supervisor apprised of problems and recommended solutions to
problems encountered in the incumbent's area of responsibility.
Is responsible for furthering one's own professional growth through continuing education and for
ensuring continuing education appropriate to the area of assignment.
Work Schedule: Mon-Weds, Fri- 7:30a-4p, Thurs- 10a-6:30p
Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (Relocation Assistance): Not Authorized
Pay: Competitive salary and regular salary increases. When setting pay, a higher step rate of the appropriate grade may be determined after consideration of existing pay, higher or unique qualifications, or special needs of the VA (Above Minimum Rate of the Grade).
Paid Time Off: 37-50 days of annual paid time offer per year (13-26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)
Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior [work experience] or military service experience.
Parental Leave: After 12 months of employment, up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child.
Child Care Subsidy: After 60 days of employment, full time employees with a total family income below $144,000 may be eligible for a childcare subsidy up to 25% of total eligible childcare costs for eligible children up to the monthly maximum of $416.66.
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement: Social Worker
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it
is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A,
paragraph 3g this part).
b. Education. Have a masters 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 to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work.
c. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185
series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee
Occupational Health Services.
English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written
English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).
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).
Social Worker GS-9:
(1) 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:
(a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic,
cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling
(b) 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.
(c) 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.
(d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate
with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.
(e) 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
Social Worker, GS-11
Experience and Licensure.
Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level 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.
NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 3c.
Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, 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.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other
governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
(b) 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.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
(e) 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G-39. Social Work Qualification Standard GS-185, Veterans Health Administration.
The full performance level of this vacancy is at the GS-11 level. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range from GS-9 to the GS-11 level.
Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary but also demands standing, walking, bending, twisting, and carrying light items.
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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/
- Address Canandaigua VA Medical Center
400 Fort Hill Ave
Canandaigua, NY 14424
- Name: Joseph Wittmann
- Phone: 718-584-9000 X5764
- Email: [email protected]