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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Senior Social Worker (Healthcare for Homeless Veterans) in San Diego, California

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The Senior Social Worker practices in the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program and serves a patient population with highly complex health and mental health problems. The Senior Social Worker serves as an outreach specialist for homeless veterans that are admitted onto medical units and serves as their case manager while they are admitted into the treatment facility and is administratively responsible for clinical program development and program effectiveness.

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This position is physically located in Mission Valley and will provide services in the community as needed.

The Senior Social Worker:

  • facilitates transition to independent community living by coordinating mental health and community care.
  • collaborates with other members of the HCHV team, the Grant and Per Diem programs, the VA Supportive Housing (VASH) program and other professional specialty clinics to provide comprehensive care to Veterans in the HCHV program.
  • provides outreach at Community Based Outpatient Clinics, community agencies where homeless congregate and on inpatient units at the VA Medical Center.
  • conducts comprehensive assessment
  • interviews the Veteran and their family members or significant others, when appropriate to assess high risk factors and establish facts about the Veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes
  • develops psychosocial treatment plans, actively involving the Veteran and their family or significant others, in coordination with other team members, based on the assessments, including goals for clinical treatment.
  • effectively provides case management services including ongoing assessment, education, coaching, counseling, referral and advocacy.
  • coordinates care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery, and linking and referring Veterans to comprehensive services.
  • provides direct mental health and substance abuse services for Veterans and family members or significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment.
  • helps the Veteran address problems utilizing larger support systems as appropriate.
  • functions as a VA liaison to other organizations
  • advises the section supervisor of shifting trends with caseloads and identifying the need for and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes
  • provides orientation and on-going training to social workers and interdisciplinary team members
  • serves as a mentor to other social workers
  • participates and coordinates special homeless events including Stand Down, the Community Homelessness Assessment and Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) meeting Work Schedule: Full Time, 40 Hours Per Week: The tour of duty for the first two weeks is 7:30am - 4:00pm. During the first week of employment, a tour of duty will be established based first on clinic need, then employee preference.

Functional Statement Title: Senior Social Worker (Healthcare for Homeless Veterans)

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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  • Requirements


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


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

  • Licensure.You must be licensed or certified by a state at the Advanced Practice Level which included ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless you are grandfathered by the state in which you are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice. (Must provide a copy of your licensure or certification)

  • Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employme

Preferred Experience:

Highly qualified candidates will have the following:
  • understanding of disparate values,
  • the ability to reach Veterans and their families from different social and ethnic groups while communicating confidence in the Veteran's ability and worth

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.


GS-12*Experience, Education and Licensure.* Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice ost Masters of Social Work degree. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB 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). Experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years are in an area of specialized social work practice, and demonstrate the following.

KSA's: 1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services. 2. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. 3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings. 4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. 5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2012. A copy can be obtained at the local HR office.

Physical Requirements: Physical Requirements: Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical involving light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds), Operation of a vehicle, Both eyes required (20/40 vision in each eye), Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Ability to fuel vehicles

In compliance with VHA Directive 1192, annual influenza vaccination will be required for all Veterans Health Administration Employees. The vaccination will be provided by or proof of the vaccination must be provided to the VA Facility's Occupational (Employee) Health Office on an annual basis.


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:

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850c (REQUIRED); Other (OPTIONAL)
  • Resume
  • SF-50

1. CV or Resume: It must include sufficient experience and/or education. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. Your resume MUST include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week. (required)

2. Latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Actionand SF-50 displaying your highest previous rate* (required). You May obtain these from your current Human Resources office or your E-Official Personnel Folder. The SF-50 must display: Title, Pay Plan, Occ Code, Grade, Tenure, and Position Occupied. This includes ICTAP/CTAP documentation for displaced Federal employees, to include a copy of the agency notice in addition to your last SF-50. *Consideration will be given in the following Order: (1) Facility Employees (2) VA Wide Employees (3) Federal Wide Employees

3. VA Form 10-2850c: Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:;=&Action;=Search (required for everyone)

OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS: Note: If you choose not submit a Transcript or a License, your completed VA Form 2850C (Application for Associated Health Professions), must include: A) the type of Social Work License you have (e.g. LCSW, MSW, LICSW, LISW), if applicable, the issuing State or territory, the date the license Expires. If your current last name differs from the name on your license, please annotate on the 2850c. B) the degree type (e.g. MSW, BSW, DSW), the College you received your Master of Social Work from, and the date it was conferred/completed/awarded. You will be asked to provide official transcripts, if selected for this position.

4. Transcripts:(Official or Unofficial) Transcripts must show the date the Master of Social Work was Awarded, Completed, or Conferred from a CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) Accredited Program:

5. License: A copy of the applicable Advance Practice Social Work License in the issuing US State or Territory. Please see the following table to determine what license is required in your state.

STATE Advanced Practice Level (GS-12)























MI LMSW w/clinical designations














OK LCSW and LSW Admin

















If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/02/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

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Agency contact information

8585528585 X3432



San Diego VA Medical Center 3350 La Jolla Village Drive San Diego, CA 92161 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2019 to 04/02/2019

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Salary: $81,332 to $105,731 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time