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Social Worker- Emergency Dept & Specialty Clinics

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: June 9, 2021

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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. Learn more

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Responsibilities

The purpose of this assignment is to provide the full range of comprehensive professional social work services to veterans and their families who are outpatients at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto Division. The areas to which the incumbent is assigned to provide and/or arrange for the delivery of services may include the following areas: Emergency Room, Primary Care (PAD) and various specialty outpatient clinics based at Palo Alto Division. The incumbent works independently as an advance practice senior social worker, licensed at the highest level in the state where licensed. The incumbent is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. These assigned areas involve work with special patient populations with highly complex health and/or mental health problems. The incumbent has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, having at least two years of specialized social work practice. The incumbent is also required to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Location Incumbent is stationed at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto Division.

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

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Telework: Position eligible

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/30/2021.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.

English Language Proficiency: Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determinations:

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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. (COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION PACKET)

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 work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/.

Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an 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) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

The candidate must have at least two years post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment and are experts in their specialized area of 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.

(EVIDENCE OF THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE DOCUMENTED IN YOUR RESUME).

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below.

  1. 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.

  2. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.

  3. Knowledge 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 and to design system changes.

  4. Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills.

  5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area.

References:

VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 Social Worker, available in local VA Human Resource Offices.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities: light lifting under 15 pound, light carrying under 15 pounds, use of fingers, walking and standing up to 8 hours, and operation of motor vehicle. Environmental Factors: Constant noise, working around moving objects or vehicles, working closely with others, and working alone.

Education

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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto , Social Worker- Emergency Dept & Specialty Clinics, Other , Palo Alto, California

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