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Senior Social Worker

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Menlo Park
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more

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A relocation/recruitment incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidates.

The full time permanent GS-12 Senior Social Worker serves in the Menlo Park, California Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in the Social Work Service Line of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

The Senior Social worker serves at the the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center. The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC) was established in 1967 at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. WBRC is a 27-bed residential facility located at the Menlo Park Division of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Approximately 200 men and women of all ages participate in the program each year. More than three quarters have usable vision for which specialized treatment is provided. Adjusting to and managing visual impairment is the major objective of the program.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

Provides comprehensive professional social work services to Veterans, military service members, and their families who are patients of the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Develops and manages psychosocially oriented clinical initiative programs for the center and innovations in practice interventions. The incumbent also has responsibility for the development of and day-to-day clinical and administrative management of the interdisciplinary Psychosocial Rounds, Sight Loss Discussion Groups as well as the Family Training Program which includes oversight of programs developed as special clinical initiatives.

Provides consultation to social workers and other medical staff across the VA Palo Alto sites.

Provides independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of Blind Rehabilitation to Veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support.

Provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with disorders associated with vision loss.

The incumbent will also provide social work case management coverage for the inpatient Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) as needed.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 Am to 4:30PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Telework, if approved, would be on a regularly occurring basis, but this is not a virtual or remote position.

This position will remain open until filled. Applicants will be referred every three weeks starting 4/30/2021.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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0185 Social Work

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • 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

Qualifications

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.
  • Education: Have 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Grade Determinations:

Senior Social Worker, GS-12

Experience/Education. 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.

Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure.

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

Physical Requirements: Physical Demands of the work are generally minor and the work is primarily sedentary.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.

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 , Senior Social Worker, Other , Menlo Park, California

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