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Senior Social Worker (HUD-VASH)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Lake Havasu City
Posted on: June 7, 2021

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Senior Social Worker serves in a senior or lead capacity with experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. The Senior Social Worker performs assigned functions independently at a VA facility and in the community.

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HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The primary responsibilities of this position include clinical and administrative program oversight and monitoring; serves as one of the primary contacts with the local Public Housing Authority's (PHA's); provides clinical and psychosocial case management services; and ensures that the Veteran's care is coordinated with the VA Medical Center, community health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations. The Senior Social Worker in this position will utilize various treatment modalities of individual and group work, casework, community organization, and community outreach; participate in program planning and development, and process improvement activities; and participate in annual community based events.

  • Senior Social Worker Utilizes a variety of advanced clinical skills adapted to both inpatient and outpatient clinic settings and community visits and outreach; incorporates the VA ICARE values within the position functions assigned and use advanced practice clinical skills for a specialized Veteran population where care is provided.
  • VA program assigned defines the level of interventions, functions, and responsibilities.
  • Senior Social Worker performs the functions throughout medical center and community.
  • Provides site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.
  • Verifies Veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.
  • Responsible for collecting and submitting HUD-VASH Program participant data as outlined by NEPEC evaluation procedures.
  • Provide high-risk triage case management psychosocial assessment, case management, psychosocial assessment, psychosocial counseling, psychosocial education, resources information and referrals.
  • Communicates with team members the functions they are responsible.
  • Review and complete continued education annually specific to program population to maintain or enhance clinical competencies in addition to maintaining continued education requirements.
  • Coordinates care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery, and linking and referring veterans to the CBOC, VA Medical Center, VA Regional Offices and/or community agencies.
  • Responsible for developing and administering local policy and SOP for the HUD-VASH Program. This includes maintaining policies and documentation as required for CARF and JCAHO accreditation.
  • Participates in the HUD-VASH Program conference calls and attends training offered by the HUD-VASH.
  • Actively participates in program planning and development, advising the supervisor of shifting trends with caseloads and identifying the need for and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes based upon work experiences.

Work Schedule: Full Time, 40 hours a week. Varied schedule to be discussed during interview.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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


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.
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • 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

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations: The candidate must have at least two years of experience 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. Senior social workers 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 specialty.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

(a) 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.

(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.

c) 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.

(d) 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 practice skills.

(e) 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 12.

Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center and the community is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities it may be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, their families, representatives of community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies. The incumbent must possess current driver's license and drive a government vehicle in carrying out professional duties when deemed necessary.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Lake Havasu City , Senior Social Worker (HUD-VASH), Other , Lake Havasu City, Arizona

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