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Social Worker

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time
(VIN):1112793
The Iowa City VA Health Care System (part of VISN 23) is currently recruiting for one (1) full-time Social Worker for our Dubuque, IA CBOC.
To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.
NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-9 or GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.
U. S. Citizenship Must pass pre-employment examination English Language Proficiency required Background and-or Security Investigation required The Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) Social Worker provides counseling services to veterans at the Dubuque Community Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The Dubuque CBOC is associated with the Iowa City VA HCS. The incumbent conducts interviews and counseling with clients and families and provides psychological assessment with diagnoses; develops comprehensive treatment plans; implements treatment plans to include family, individual and group therapy; makes and follows through with appropriate referrals; and provides case consultation to other clinicians. The incumbent will utilize prescribed treatment models such as motivational interviewing, contingency management, cognitive-behavioral therapies, and other evidence based practices. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM
The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000.To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:
a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.(Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)
b. 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 theCSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
c. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 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 on theOHRM website.
d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
e. 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.
GS-9 Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience.
GS-11 Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 fullperformance level requires completion of a minimum of 1year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independentpractice level.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions .
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE : 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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
Veterans'' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or r sum . Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans'' Preference, please .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to . Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1112793. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
2. Fax your documents to .
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onMonday, May 19, 2014.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. CV or Resume (Required).
2. Completed Occupational Questionnaire (Required).
3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at )
4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available ).
5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us .
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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