Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker in Binghamton, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Binghamton, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 2 YEARS

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1815391

OUR MISSION: 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?

Social Worker

VET Center - Readjustment Counseling

Binghamton, New York

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.

This position may be filled by a Social Worker, Psychologist, or a Readjustment Counseling Therapist; however only one (1) vacancy exists. If applying for the Psychologist position see vacancy WV-17-JCa-1815398 (U.S. Citizens & Federal employees of other agencies) or WV-17-JCa-1815400(Syracuse VA employees & VA Nationwide), if applying for the Social Worker position see vacancy WV-17-JCa-1815394(Syracuse VA employees & VA Nationwide), if applying for the Readjustment Counseling Therapist position, see vacancy WV-17-JCa-1815320.


The Social Worker for the Vet Center will provide outreach for readjustment counseling to eligible veterans and family members in the Vet Center Program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling to veterans and family members over issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a veteran's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for developing a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment.
  • Maintain and exercise an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of a veteran client better served by programs external to the Vet Center.
  • Identify and maintain relationships with these resources to facilitate veteran client referrals.
  • Responsible for using the current social work resource file of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans.
  • Exercise a variety of individual and group counseling techniques that are evidence based in the treatment of readjustment counseling problems and demonstrate good clinical practice.
  • Attend and participate in administrative and clinical staff meetings as directed by the Vet Center Team Leader.
  • Provides education or facilitates education to elements external to the Vet Center and to veteran and family members on a variety of health topics common to war veterans based on age, injury, or war theatre.
  • Preforms outreach to veterans for the purpose of educating them about readjustment issues and assistance that is available to them.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Work Schedule: Term (Not-to-exceed 2 years), Monday through Friday, non-traditional hours as late as 8:00 p.m. Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#:Social Worker - Counselor, GS-185-9/11, #00000

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel within the community.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • NYS Driver's License: Current and Unrestricted.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • U.S. Citizenship required.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. Social Workers in the Department of Veterans Affairs are required to have a Master's Degree in social work (MSW) from a school of social work fully accredited by the council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Licensure. If unlicensed at the GS-11 grade Level, the incumbent will have 3 years upon employment to obtain licensure. Social Workers at the GS-9 grade level must be working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.
  • Experience. Minimum of one years' post MSW experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) is preferred. A doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year MSW of professional social work experience in a clinical setting for the GS-11 grade level. GS-9 is the entry grade level and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience.
  • This position provides direct patient care and requires that the applicant be proficient in basic written and spoken English.
  • This position has physical requirements. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination performed by the Syracuse VAMC Employee Health unit is a requirement.
  • NYS Driver's License: Current and Unrestricted.

Preferred Experience: Experience working with clients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Trauma.

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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9 -The entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet certified or licensed at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.

GS-11 -Requires completion of a minimum of 1 year 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 independent practice level.

References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard.

This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements:This position has physical requirements. Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination performed by the Syracuse VAMC Employee Health unit is a requirement, with random urinalysis drug screen. Refusal to undergo a pre-employment physical will eliminate you from consideration.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

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

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

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

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 452169800

Job Announcement Number: WV-17-JCa-1815391