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Social Worker

Department of Veterans Affairs

This is a Full-time position in Spokane, WA posted February 21, 2021.

* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummary* Incentives Not Available*This position is located at the VA Medical Center, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Outreach Center in Spokane Washington. The Social Worker is responsible for program oversight, monitoring and administration. They provide outreach services in N. Idaho, NW Montana and NE Washington. This includes clinical case management services, coordinating care with the VA medical center, community or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesThis position may filled by either a Social Worker or Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC). LPMHC applicants should apply at: include:A. Clinical Assessment* Evaluates each Veteran’s situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and priority for admission.* Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary plan, involving the Veteran and family or significant others, and performs a thorough assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness which may also include, catastrophic medical condition, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other high risks diagnoses.* Reviews all data, subjective and objective and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Based on the psychosocial assessment, the incumbent uses professional judgment and practice skills to make a psychosocial diagnosis.B. Comprehensive Case Management* Develops psychosocial treatment plans, actively involving the Veteran and/or their family or significant others, in coordination with interdisciplinary team members.* Makes initial and continuing decisions coordinating the Veteran’s care through linking and referral to VA medical facilities or Regional Offices and other VA and non-VA services.* Provides case management services while utilizing professional skill, objectivity, insight, clinical training, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options and recognize potential high risk factors, acuity, and needs for services.* Makes routine visits to each Veteran in their residence to assess their environment and provide on-going clinical services.* Assists Veterans in maintaining appointments at VA medical centers and other community agencies for medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, vocational and other services.* Refers Veterans to appropriate VA and other government/community services-including local shelters, food banks, employment services, veteran’s benefits, and social security applications.* Participates in the assignment of Veterans to treatment teams and programs and consults with other specialists in planning treatment for Veterans with co-morbidities.* Implements the Housing First model within the HCHV program.* Provides referral to VA medical and mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs.* Generates the initial HOMES documentation which tracks homeless Veterans and service they receive while assigned to care.* Completes all remaining NEPEC documentation for progress and discharge planning to track the Veteran throughout the episode of care.* Documents independently in the medical records utilizing paper and/or electronic formats* Provides psychosocial services and is accountable for the overall effectiveness of those services.C. Program Administration and Organization* Implements and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential HCHV Program Veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs.* Provides primary input for program participant selection based on structured interviews and clinical assessments.* Provides services in serious, complex and complicated cases, often referred by other workers and interdisciplinary team members.* Carries full responsibility for cases presenting a wide range of psychosocial and environmental problems.* Works closely with the VA medical center’s homeless programs, residential and community care programs, to ensure that coordination between these entities is facilitated and Veteran’s direct care, referral, and follow up is contiguous.* Provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level for eligible veterans and their family members in the program.* Continuous coordination with the community’s homeless providers and coalitions as well as with other local, state, and federal agencies.D. Outreach* Provides direct outreach services to areas where homeless persons congregate; including the street, remote campsites, homeless camps under the freeway most of which are often not suitable for human habitat.* Conducts and participates in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments. and referrals for homeless Veterans contacted in the community, shelters, “on the streets,” and those who are referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics.* Maintains current and establishes new relationships with other community-based service providers for the homeless, and when appropriate, represents VA at community service provider meetings.Work Schedule: 8AM – 4:30PM, Monday – FridayFinancial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredOccasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential11* Job family (Series)0185 Social WorkSimilar jobs* Community Mental Health Social Workers* Family Social Workers* Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers* Mental Health Social Workers* Psychiatric Social Workers* Social Workers* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions 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* A valid state issued drivers license with a clean driving history in accordance with VA policy to drive a government vehicle.QualificationsApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.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. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).* Education: Earned 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. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED).* 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 (COPY OF LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR GS-11).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).Preferred Experience: At least 1 year post master’s experience providing clinical assessment and mental health therapy preferred. Experience working with homeless Veterans.Grade Determinations:GS-9 Social Worker (Entry Level):Experience, Education, and Licensure: The entry level is used for Social Workers with less than one year of post-master’s degree experience or for Social Workers who are graduates, not yet licensed at the independent practice level.Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the basic requirements, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:1. Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.2. Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.3. Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.5. Fundamental knowledge 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.GS-11 Licensed Independent Social Worker (Full Performance Level):Experience, Education and Licensure:* Appointment to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience)* OR,* In addition to meeting 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. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) below:1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.2. Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.3. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan.4. Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals.5. Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, September 10, 2019The full performance level of this vacancy is GS11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11..Physical Requirements: Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects. The position requires the ability to drive a government vehicle and travel in the service area and local community to perform duties, with some overnight travel to remote parts of the catchment area required. The work requires the use of a computer. Work may require assisting physically disabled Veterans. The work typically occurs at an office-based work station in the Homeless Program Outreach in downtown Spokane, with adequate lighting and heat. Work is also conducted in the community, including but not limited to various shelters, soup kitchens, churches and public and private agencies where the working conditions are not overseen by the VA.EducationIMPORTANT: 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: