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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Communicates with team members the functions they are
- 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
- 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
0185 Social Work
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
- 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
- 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
- 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/
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
(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
(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
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.
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