Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Senior Social Worker (CBOC) in Eureka, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Eureka, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 2/5/2016 (259 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/16/2016 (56 day(s) away)

Job Overview



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1619507

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.**

Current, permanent VA employees should apply under NQ-16-ACu-1618906-BU


The* Mental Health Senior Social Worker*is part of the VA San Francisco Health Care System, Mental Health Service, Eureka Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), located in Eureka, CA. The incumbent provides Mental Health services to the veteran population enrolled at the San Francisco VA Medical Center System and specifically the Eureka CBOC. Services include provision of high quality psychotherapy services, with a specialized social work focus which embraces a client-focused, person-in-the-environment perspective to guide services rendered in a holistic treatment plan. Such services include evidence-based psychotherapies, case management, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers / agencies as needed by the patient and determined by a holistic treatment plan. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Mental Health Service or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate.

The Mental Health Senior Social Worker (MHSSW) has a role of expanding the clinical knowledge in the profession, providing consultation and guidance to colleagues, both within social work and within other disciplines including psychiatry, psychology and nursing. The MHSSW role models effective social work practice skills in a mental health setting, teaches or provides orientation to less experienced staff (which may include social workers, psychiatrists, psychologist and nurses), develops and implements innovations in practice interventions. The MHSSW provides clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification, and may also provide supervision for social work, psychiatry, psychology, and /or nursing trainees. The MHSSW is assigned to administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns.

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Mental Health Senior Social Worker

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must have a Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Must possess of Social Worker License at Advanced Practice Level

Basic Requirements:

1. U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

2. Education. Master's degree in social work (MSW) 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.

3. Licensure. For the GS-12 level, 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.)

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-12 Senior Social Worker. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, Senior Social Workers must 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. This includes advanced clinical skill, especially as related to medical social work, as well as the ability to take the lead in the administration of the social work service delivery system of care in the CBOC. 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005 VA Qualification Standard, Social Worker, GS-0185 Series,

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: Light lifting, light carrying, use of fingers, both hands required, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), odors.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 is 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

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

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

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

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens and Permanent Employees of other Federal Agencies

Control Number: 428796200

Job Announcement Number: NQ-16-ACu-1619507-BU