Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Social Worker Vet Center in Duluth, Minnesota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Duluth, MN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

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

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825289

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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.**

If you are a Permanent Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement VU-17-KFO-1822407.


The Supervisory Social Worker administratively supervises their staff and/or graduates and may provide treatment to patients. They direct the development and implementation of services and treatment to patients through the administrative supervision, mentoring, and oversight of assigned clinical staff.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the overall clinical and administrative operation of the Vet Center.

  • Evaluates performance of staff

  • Serves as the Supervisory Social Worker on the multi-disciplinary team that is located in a community-based Vet Center that provides Veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment, and direct services and referral to VA and community resources and community education regarding the problems and needs of the Veteran.

  • At least 50% of the Team Leader's time is spent in direct clinical practice with veteran clients.

  • Develops priorities, based upon the direction of the Regional Manager, and makes independent decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory members.

Work Schedule:**1st Shift/administrative days--may include evenings and weekend work. Functional Statement Title/#: Supervisory Social Worker/000000

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Estimated travel about 20% of the time.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

U.S. citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

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 notbe 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.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 the OHRM website.

Physical Requirements.See "Requirements"section of this job announcement.

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.


a. Creditable Experience

(1) Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices.To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

(2) Quality of Experience.Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.

(3) Part-Time Experience.Part-time experience as a professional social worker is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a social worker employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

(4) Fellowships or Post-Graduate Training.Fellowship and post-graduate training programs are typically in a specialized area of clinical practice, i.e., group or family practice. Training as a fellow or post-graduate may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

(5) Practicum in a VA Setting.A VHA practicum experience may not be substituted for experience, as the practicum (field placement) is completed prior to graduation with a master's degree in social work.

b. Grade Determinations.In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

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; religious; 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.

Social Worker Supervisor.For Social Worker Program Coordinators, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility and the type, size, and complexity of the assignment.

(a) Experience, Education and Licensure.Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They may have certification or other post-master's degree 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 addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.

  2. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.

  3. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.

  4. Ability to organize work, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s).

  5. Ability to provide training, orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.

(c) Assignments.The KSAs shown above apply to all Social Worker Program Coordinator grade levels.

  1. GS-12 Social Worker Supervisor.Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) coordinators, Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) coordinators, Homeless Veterans Program (HVP) coordinators, Community Nursing Home Program (CNHP) coordinators. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. They manage the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/23 PART II APPENDIX G39.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: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs); Light carrying (under 15 lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Standing 1-2 hours; Repeated bending (1-2 hours); Operation of motor vehicle; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Both eyes required; Able to work indoors and outdoors; working closely with others; Protracted or irregular hours of work: may include weekends, evenings, some holidays such as Veterans Day, Independence Day;

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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

Other Information

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: $75,329.00 to $97,927.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 453367200

Job Announcement Number: VU-17-KFO-1825289