Social Worker, Substance Use Disorder Specialist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1157002
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go /
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Applicants must possess an independent Advanced Practice license This is a Bargaining Unit Position
HousingandUrbanDevelopment-VASupportedHousing(HUD-VASH)Programis anintensivecasemanagement programforchronicallyhomelessVeteransaimedatprovidingpsychosocialservicestoVeterans whileresidinginstablehousingthroughHUD''sSection8voucher system.
TheSeniorSocialWorkeristheSubstanceUseDisorder(SUD)SpecialistforHomelessPrograms and will haveexperiencethatdemonstratespossession ofadvancedpracticeskillsandjudgment inworkingwithhighlycomplex substance abuseissues.ndspecialtieswithadvancedcasemanagement training.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Independentlyprovides clinical,psychosocialandcase managementservicesatanadvancedpracticeleveltoeligible veteransandtheirfamily memberstomeetbiological,psychological,socialandenvironmentalneeds.
Providesadvanced level casemanagementandintervention supporttoHousingandUrbanDevelopment-VeteransAffairs SupportedHousing(HUD VASH),GrantandPerDiem,HCHVContractResidentialCareandSupported Housinginateamoriented, recovery-basedprogram.
Independentlycoordinatesservicestoveterans whohaveextremely complexcareneedsdue tochronicconditionsandcomplicatedcareissues.
ProvidesconsultationtoVAstaffandsocialworkersconcerning theseconditionsandeducatesallstaffabouttheavailableVAand communityservicesthatsupportthepatient.
SupportstheHomelessPrograms by providingearlyengagement,andensuringcontinuity ofcarebetweenHomelessPrograms thatserveVeterans withSUDsastheytransitionfromengagementandstabilizationthrough programssuchasDomiciliaryorResidentialRehabilitationandTreatmentPrograms(RRTPs),Health CareforHomelessVeterans ContractedHousing,andGrantPerDiemPrograms to HUD-VASH.
Provideson-going substanceusecase managementandearlytreatment interventionstopromote sustainedstabilityandabstinenceinVA transitionalandsubsidizedpermanenthousing.
Rolemodeleffectivesocialworkpractice skills,teachorprovideorientationtolessexperiencedsocialworkers,develop innovationsinpracticeinterventions,andprovideclinical supervisionforsocialworklicensureorcertification.
Managesandcontrolstheuseofdatarelated totheprogramregardingday-to-day functioningandprogram evaluation.
EnsurestheHomelessCareProgramisincompliancewithVHAdirectivesandcareisrenderedpursuant tothe guidanceofClinicalPractice Guidelines.
Other Duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm, some evenings and weekends may be required.
1. Department of Veterans Affairs employees will receive first consideration.
2. Recruitment/relocation incentive will not be authorized.
3.Applicants must possess an independent Advanced Practice license.
BASIC Requirements : Must be a US Citizen.
Education: Have a Master's degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Licensure: Be licensed or certified at the advanced practice Master's level to independently practice social work in a state.
Exception. There is no exception at this grade level.
English Language Proficiency : Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: SALARY IS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met to determine grade level of the position:
GS-12 Senior Social Worker
Assignments. Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior Social Workers typically practice in a major specialty treatment program areas.
Experience, Education and Licensure. Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB 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). 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 (see paragraph 3a(c)). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.
2. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.
5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.
Qualifications: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II; Appendix G9 dated 2/13/2009, available Standard Social Worker GS-185.
PLEASE 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: /. 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. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.
Veterans'' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklistor visit .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Other (VA Form 10-2850C Application )
Other Veterans Document
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) ( required ).
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1157002.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible. After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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