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Social Worker
Posted date [Jun-09-2016]
(ID: 4269)
The Extended Care Patient Care Center is currently recruiting for a full-
time, Social Worker, GS-185-11 in their Home Based Primary Care

(HBPC) Program.

*Grade and Salary will be determined by the Social Worker Professional Standards Board

* First Area of Consideration: Current James J. Peters VAMC Employees

Second Area of Consideration: Current VA Wide Employees

Third Area of Consideration: Status Eligibles & U.S. Citizens

* Tour of Duty: Monday ā Friday, 8:30am ā 5 pm

Preferred Qualifications:

Social Work Homecare and/or community experience

Certifications in Social Work specialty

Driverās License is required

This Social Worker position is assigned to the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program. The

incumbent will serve patients who reside at home that have impaired mobility due to disability of

functional limitations, and limited ability to cope with clinical environment due to cognitive,

physical or psychiatric impairment.

The incumbent provides veterans in the HBPC program with high quality case management,

advocacy, and clinical treatment; coordinates veteran patients with appropriate VA and

community service providers/agencies. Responsible for educating veterans/caregiver of available

services and community resources entitlements. Develops assessments of veteran patients in

collaboration with their families and the interdisciplinary treatment team and assists with

treatment plans. Attends weekly interdisciplinary care plan meetings; provides ongoing

assessment and updating of changes in veteran patients. Coordinates referrals of institutional

placements in adult homes, assisted living programs, adult day care programs, community

nursing homes, and VA nursing home. Independently performs case finding functions and

outreach, identifies and screens patients for psychosocial needs. Requires general knowledge of

veteransā benefits and services relating to special programs, service connected compensation,

and non-service connected pensions. Also requires working knowledge and experience in the use

of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. Provides crisis

intervention services; provides ongoing supportive counseling to deal with the psychosocial

impact of coping with chronic/disabling illnesses, end of life, and other services as needed during

the veteransā enrollment in the HBPC program.



BASIC REQUIREMENTS: a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. b. Education.

Have a masterās degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council

on Social Work Education (CSWE). c. 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 masterās degree level. d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and

Handbook 5019. e. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken

and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph

3j, this part.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-11-(Full Performance Level): Requires completion of a

minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree specialized experience in the field of health care social

work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent

practice level or in addition to meeting the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work

from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social

work experience in a clinical setting. The candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAās


1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other

governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

2. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family

members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patientās problems,

strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family

and interdisciplinary treatment team.

3. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to

a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other

diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and

psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.

4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and

treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common

medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities

in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric,

medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and

skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

6. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups

and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For

example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of


7. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and

the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to

provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to

serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field




8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional

peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.

9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents,

data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.

HOW TO APPLY: Eligible and interested applicants should stop by the Human Resources

Management Program Office, 9th floor-RM. 9B-11 and apply under O&C Vacancy

Announcement 2016-114. (Current eligible VA employees must submit a copy of your latest

SF-50, (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows grade, step and tenure. In addition:

All applicants must submit Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA Form 10-2850c)

available at: 10-2850c-fill.pdf , a detailed

resume, a copy of SW license, certifications, and school transcripts to our office NLT

Thursday, June 9, 2016. Please submit to our office, Human Resources, 9

or fax to (718) 741-4598. Please reference O&C Announcement Number 2016-114 on all

application packages. For questions concerning this vacancy announcement, contact Christine

Baker, Lead HR Specialist at (718)584-9000 ext. 5746 or email at

NOTE: If you are claiming veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your final discharge papers (DD-214)

that documents the type of discharge received. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must also

complete a SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference", furnishing the required documentation as

stated on the back of the SF-15. This form is available at the following internet address: Failure to submit all of the required information may result in disqualification.

Complete applications must be received in the Human Resources Management Service by June 9, 2016.

th floor, Room 9B11,


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Job Title Social Worker
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Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
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Classification Job Classification -> Social Work/Counseling
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