Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker in Huntington, West Virginia

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1806421

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?

If you are a Current, Internal Huntington VA Employee please apply under Vacancy 16-155-1806484-HUNH38-MB-BU.

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 is for the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (MHICM) located within the Mental Health Service located at the Huntington VA Medical Center. The incumbent serves, in the community, Veterans with severe and persistent mental illness who have frequent or long-term hospitalizations. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Individually tailor services to meet the needs of the veterans and deliver them on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting.
  • Provide complex clinical services to clients with serious psychological problems, including suicide prevention, crisis intervention, short and long term treatment, emergency location of food and shelter, legal referral, employment, ect.
  • Achieve program goals through frequent home visits, provide medication monitoring, and crisis/stress management.
  • Provide community outreach, evidence based and recovery orientated therapy and direct services and referral.
  • Coordinate care with other VA programs.
  • Provide outreach services with community networking, i.e. lawyers, board and care home operators, physicians, and clergymen.
  • Perform administrative functions such as participating in meeting, maintaining records, collaborate with other team members.
  • Provide social work services via telehealth technology when needed by patient.

Work Schedule:* Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm*Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker, Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (MHICM)/0000000**

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 Masters in Social Work
  • Must be licensed or certified to independently practice

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. Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Licensure. Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
  • Physical. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
  • English language. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j, this part.

Preferred Experience: Post-Masters experience directly related to the position being filled. Experience would have been obtained following graduation and related to health care/hospital/mental health type of social work duties. Would prefer licensed independent/clinical social workers.

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-11

For the GS-11 level, Must have completed a minimum of 1 year of of Post MSW degree in the field of health care social work (VA- or non-VA experience) and be licensed or certified in a state at the independent practice level.

In addition the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  1. Knowledge of community, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

  2. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.

  3. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.

  4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. this includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

  5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.

  6. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.

  7. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial nees of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to service as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.

  8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.

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: The work may require using appropriate methods or resources to physically restrain veterans who present a danger to self or others. The work may also require accommodating the needs of physically disabled veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects such as medical records. Normal duties of a clinician are performed (i.e., walking, standing, sitting, working with hands, etc.). Maybe expected to operate a motor vehicle and transport veterans.

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 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: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453272200

Job Announcement Number: 16-154-1806421-HUNH38-MB-BU