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Social Services Assistant

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: June 13, 2021

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Summary

The Social Services Assistant serves as the Community Integration Specialist (CIS) is an active member of the Housing First Enhanced HUD-VASH Program team to which he/she is assigned, providing support services to Veterans in that program. Under supervision of the HUD-VASH Supervisor or designee, the CIS will function as a role model to Veterans in the program; provide resource information and hands-on supportive assistance to Veterans in outpatient and inpatient settings as they seek.

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Responsibilities

Major duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist Veterans in articulating personal goals for obtaining and sustaining permanent housing through the use of one-to-one and group sessions. During these sessions the CIS will support Veterans in identifying and creating goals and developing housing placement and maintenance plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.
  • Assist Veterans in determining the steps they need to take in order to achieve these goals.
  • Provide on-going support and commitment to finding appropriate housing and other needed resources that will allow the Veterans to achieve desired outcomes and become well integrated into their chosen communities.
  • Assist the Veteran in obtaining decent and affordable housing of his/her choice in the most integrated, independent, and least intrusive or restrictive environment by taking them out to view housing, either driving them or riding with them on public transportation. The CIS models effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
  • Assist Veterans in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. This will be accomplished through regular meetings, individual or group sessions. Through the use of role playing/modeling techniques the CIS provides opportunities for others to show/demonstrate how they have handled similar problems, how to present themselves in certain situations, or how to handle problems that may arise in interactions with others.
  • Community Integration Specialists will work with the Veterans and other treatment team staff to develop a housing placement plan based on each Veteran's identified goals. Plans will be reviewed and signed by the Coordinator Team Leader and other participating treatment team staff. Plans should include:
  • a. Identified person-centered strengths, needs, abilities, and recovery goals
  • b. Interventions to assist the Veteran with reaching his/her goals for housing stabilization and maintenance
  • c. Progress made toward goals

  • Uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text; formatting letters, reports and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving e-mail. Uses the Veterans Health Information & Technology Architecture (Vista). Documents contacts in CPRS.

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

Telework: Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Social Services Assistant/PD08815

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)

0186 Social Services Aid And Assistant

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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 background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/11/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) for Social Services Aid and Assistant Series (0186) : An IOR is a basic requirement that must be met in order to qualify for entry into this job series, and it is something that can't be waived. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Group leader in community or residential recreation or training programs.
  • Counselor in a youth summer camp.
  • Instructor in a training program for the development of job skills.
  • Work that demonstrated the ability to be responsible for and to lead and train members of a job crew.
  • Group activities leader in the Armed Services.
  • Unit leader-monitor-proctor for a dormitory group in a boarding school or other residential facility.
  • Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff in such fields as personnel (private or government), employment guidance in a vocational or academic institution, social service, or manpower development.
  • Aid or assistant to professional or associate staff engaged in work of a social services nature in private, public welfare, government program, or community organizations, or in voluntary activities.
  • Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff working with individuals who are addicted to or abuse alcohol and/or drugs.

In addition to the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR), you must meet the specialized experience or education requirement stated below:

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include:
  • Group leader in community or residential recreation or training programs.
  • Counselor in a youth summer camp.
  • Instructor in a training program for the development of job skills.
  • Work that demonstrated the ability to be responsible for and to lead and train members of a job crew.
  • Group activities leader in the Armed Services.
  • Unit leader-monitor-proctor for a dormitory group in a boarding school or other residential facility.
  • Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff in such fields as personnel (private or government), employment guidance in a vocational or academic institution, social service, or manpower development.
  • Aid or assistant to professional or associate staff engaged in work of a social services nature in private, public welfare, government program, or community organizations, or in voluntary activities.
  • Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff working with individuals who are addicted to or abuse alcohol and/or drugs.

OR,

  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-9. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS WITH APPLICATION IF CLAIMING EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION).

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  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond a Bachelor's Degree.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Computer Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Technical Credibility

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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

Education

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: 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco , Social Services Assistant, Other , San Francisco, California

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