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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
0185 Social Work
- Family Social Workers
- Mental Health Social Workers
- School Social Workers
- Social Workers
- Social Workers, All Other
Social Workers, Family
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
- 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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-Citizens
may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified
English Language Proficiency: Social Workers must be proficient
in spoken and written English.
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.
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
(EVIDENCE OF THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE DOCUMENTED IN YOUR
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, the candidate
must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills and abilities
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
Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in
differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical
privileges or scope of practice.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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