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Supervisory Social Worker (Errera Community Care Center)
Posted date [Jun-01-2016]
(ID: 4264)
Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1690246

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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 offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995. We serve veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In addition to our main campuses, we operate six community-based primary care centers throughout the state.

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.

Current Permanent VA Employees should apply under the vacancy announcement #1679570.

For more information on the ‚Who may apply‚ eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


The incumbent will serve as the Director of the Errera Community Care Center (ECCC), located in the com­­­munity, approximately 1 mile from the VA Medical Center in West Haven, and connected by a shuttle to the medical center and Yale University School of Medicine. The Director will be responsible for all the programs located at the Errera Community Care Center, which includes homeless programs, vocational programs, a medical-legal clinic, ACT programs, and intensive day programs. These programs have integrated multidisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals in order to provide Veterans with psychiatric and addictive disorders with comprehensive Recovery Oriented services. The Director will also be responsible for educating residents, medical students, pre-doctoral trainees and post-doctoral trainees and for initiating scholarly work related to medical education or research.

Work Schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday

Travel Required
‚ĘNot Required

Relocation Authorized
‚ĘRelocation expenses are authorized for this position

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements
‚ĘMust pass pre-employment examination.
‚ĘMust be proficient in written and spoken English.
‚ĘDesignated and-or Random Drug Testing required.
‚ĘBackground and-or Security Investigation required.
‚ĘSelective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


Basic Requirements:

· U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

· Education: 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 the CSWE website: ams.aspx to verify that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.)

· Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 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 on the OHRM website. For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker. Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. In states such as California, Washington, and others where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master's level within one year of meeting the full Connecticut prerequisites for licensure.

· English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English language.

Preferred Experience: Relevant clinical experience in Recovery Oriented programs or in Community Psychiatry, having a history of academic productivity including publications and independent funding, and having served in a position to initiate and produce scholarly work. Experience supervising and coordinating large projects or programs is also preferred.

Grade Determinations: Individuals assigned as a social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They 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.

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: The work is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. There are no special demands required to perform this work.

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Job Title Supervisory Social Worker (Errera Community Care Center)
Post Details
Start Date
Location West Haven, CT
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Experience Level
Classification Job Classification -> Social Work/Counseling
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