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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker Executive, EXTERNAL in Fort Meade, South Dakota

Social Worker Executive, EXTERNAL

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

VA Black Hills Health Care System, South Dakota (VABHHCS)
Overview
  • ##### Open & closing dates

11/08/2019 to 12/02/2019

  • ##### Service

Excepted

  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 13

  • ##### Salary

$88,704 to $115,313 per year

  • ##### Appointment type

Permanent

  • ##### Work schedule

Full-Time

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

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Fort Meade, SD 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

- Duties
Summary

The GS-13 Social Work Executive is typically assigned to a Complexity Level 2 (Medium Complexity) VHA facility and has responsibility for overseeing the practice of more than 25 social workers or for social workers in multiple divisions of a VHA facility.

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Responsibilities

At VA Black Hills Healthcare System, there are forty plus (40+) professional social work positions at VA BHHCS. The social workers are assigned to service lines throughout the facilities (two primary medical centers, major CBOC in Rapid City, and rural CBOCs Pierre, South Dakota; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and various outreach social workers that regularly travel to even more rural areas). The Outreach Social Workers provide case management services, mental health therapy, substance abuse recovery support and liaison contact for rural veterans and their primary care services.

VA Black Hills is currently a Complexity Level 2 facility. The GS-13 Social Work Executive is responsible for oversight of the professional practice of all social workers. At VA Black Hills, the Social Work Executive is a 1.0 FTEE. Additionally, there are generally collateral assignments, determined by the needs of the local facility, the VISN, and/or VHA Central Office.

The Social Work Executive must evidence possession of supervisory and management skills; must be licensed or certified in a state at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. The position is located at Fort Meade campus and has travel between sites that is required approximately one to two days per week or as needed or requested.

Work Schedule: Full time;Monday - Friday from 07:30 am - 4:00 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

13

  • #### Job family (Series)

0185 Social Work

- Requirements
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, 12/02/2019. 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. - 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. - 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/.

Preferred Experience: Supervisory Social Worker Experience

Grade Determinations: Social Work Executive, GS-13

(1) Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. social work executive positions are only established at facilities that do not have a chief social work service. In facilities with care/product lines, the social work executive is the highest level professional position at the facility with responsibility for the professional practice of all facility social workers and provision of social work services. The social work executive must evidence possession of supervisory and management skills. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, demonstrating progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. Candidates may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience.

(2) Licensure/Certification. The social work executive must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure.

(3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to provide technical social work guidance in order to complete job assignments. (b) Skill in applying legal, ethical, and professional standards to social work practice. (c) Knowledge of social work practice, policy, and accreditation standards across the continuum of health care. (d) Skill in providing consultation to facility leadership, care/product line managers, and other staff on social work qualification standards, practice, competency, productivity, and continuing education requirements. (e) Skill in developing, implementing, and maintaining clinical social work practice standards. (f) Skill in administrative oversight to ensure compliance with social work licensure requirements.

(4) Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. In the absence of a facility social work chief, the social work executive is typically responsible for clinical oversight of a professional social work practice in a small to moderate program at a VHA facility. The social work executive is responsible for overseeing the provision of social work services and the professional practice of all facility social workers to include participation in the selection and credentialing of social workers. Additionally, these are generally collateral assignments, determined by the needs of the local facility, the VISN, and/or VHA Central Office.]

References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualifications Standard

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve active listening, reading, observing and valuating verbal and nonverbal behavior, intermittent walking and sitting, speaking, writing reports, writing policies and procedures and writing clinical notes. The position requires the use of office equipment such as keyboards, computers, telephones, fax machines and photocopy machines. Light lifting is required up to 35 pounds to lift items such as books, binders, reports and records.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. A COURSE LISTING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but must have degree and date degree conferred.

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.

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., 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 recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

No

- Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • License
  • Resume
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • License
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

- How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/02/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10651452.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

Agency contact information
Carrie Belawske
Phone

(605) 720-7090

Email

Carrie.Belawske@va.gov

Address

VA Black Hills Health Care System 113 Comanche Road Fort Meade, SD 57741 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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  • Social security number request
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/551367900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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