Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker in Long Beach, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Long Beach, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 8/16/2016 (71 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1776181

Functional Statement #600-9072A/8445A

This Announcement is open for multiple positions within VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS) Social Work Service Department.

*Candidates are encourage to apply early.*

Attention Applicants

Please read the announcement carefully and in its entirety to ensure that you apply correctly and that all required documents are submitted with your application package. Be sure your application/resume is current (to date) and work experience addresses the specific functions in the announcement. If you do not submit the required documents, you will not receive consideration for this position. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

This announcement is to fill vacancies on an open continuous basis while*posted*.

An "Open Continuous Announcement" is an announcement that a facility uses to establish a pool of qualified candidates. Any resumes submitted are considered active for 3 months from the date of receipt. Selections may be made any time a vacancy becomes available. Your resume may be forwarded to the hiring manager. Nothing further is required from you unless an offer of employment is made, at which time you will be asked to provide any additional documents necessary.

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

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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.


The social workers for this announcement are assigned to Social Work Services and work is performed on the campus of the VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALB), Long Beach, CA. The multiple positions recruiting are assigned to various inpatient and outpatient programs to include Inpatient Medicine Service; Outpatient Extended Care Programs, Outpatient PACT-Primary Care and Inpt Psychiatry Unit. The incumbent is an independent licensed social worker (GS-11) and/or registered associate social worker (ASW) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Current social work practice skills are demonstrated by: clinical experience in acute/complex healthcare settings; utilizes shared decisions making skills with patients in developing individualized admission assessments, discharge planning and or coordination of care plan; knowledge, skill and/or experience working with adults who have a variety of acute or complex medical, emotional and/or resource issues; knowledge and/or skill is the assessment of domestic and intimate partner violence, all forms of abuse and CA mandatory reporting requirements; knowledge and/or experience working as a part of an inpt or outpt multidisciplinary team; demonstrates ability to be proactive in communicating between the patient/family and the multidisciplinary team; ability to work in fast-paced clinical hospital/healthcare settings.

  • Inpatient Medical/Surgical units- specialized population: adults Inpt acute and general medicine, intensive care and surgical settings; care provided to those with multiple medical conditions; proactively assesses discharge to home or community programs and responsible to assure potential barriers affecting discharge are addressed; adapt clinical social work skills to effectively meet functions assigned in a high-paced setting with multiple admission and discharges.

  • Inpatient Acute Psychiatry- specialized population: adults Inpt Acute and Gero psychiatric settings; care provided to those with multiple acute mental health conditions; work with LPS conservatorships; use community mental health approach; coordinate discharges to home or community programs; adapt clinical social work skills to effectively meet functions assigned in a high-paced inpatient setting with multiple admission and discharges.

  • Geriatric Extended Care Programs - Community Living Center, Community Nursing Home, Community Residential Care - specialized population: adults Inpatient and outpatient geriatrics; acute and short stay rehabilitation; psycho-educational support, transitioning care and end of life planning; assist Veterans/Caregivers conservatorship, ombudsman, follow-up visits community Nursing Homes; adapt clinical social work skills to effectively meet functions assigned geriatric and rehabilitative care, family/Caregiver report, death and end of life planning and support.

  • Patient Care Aligned Teams (PACT) – outpatient Primary Care teamlet(s) – Specialized adult population: multi-medical conditions and psychosocial, function as a multidisciplinary team; provide various levels of care management, assess and provides psychosocial resources.

VALB serves as a medical and mental healthcare training facility and social workers work with other disciplines that rotate as a part their training program; demonstrate skills a providing education of advanced care planning; demonstrate skills documenting clinical care using an electronic medical record system; ability to provide care in the non-traditional office setting-such as shared work space; clinical care may take place, bed side, medical units hallways, group rooms, and/or over the phone and the social worker is often mobile, moving from varying units, floors or buildings.

This medical center operates 24 hours, seven days per week and you may be required to work days, evenings, nights, holidays, and/or weekends, to include modification in shifts and/or tours of duty, to meet medical center and patient care needs.

Per VHA Directive, all qualified social workers are responsible to provide after-hours on-call to the Emergency Department. Qualified social workers may volunteer for a calendar year on-call rotation schedule. In the event there are not enough volunteers, all qualified social workers will be assigned and rotated to the calendar year on-call schedule by the Chief, Social Work Svcs. Compensation is provided when after hour's on-call.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING APPLICATION PROCESS AND MATERIAL REQUIREMENTS:Request for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. Human Resource Management Service will not go to employee personnel files for this information. If you do not submit the required documents, you will not receive consideration for this position. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Functional Statement Title/#:600-9072A/8445A

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Local Travel required - Must possess a valid Driver License
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 be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Must have MSW accredited by the CSWE
  • GS- 11 requires: Social Worker Independent State Licensure
  • Must have a current valid Driver License


  • U.S. citizenship.

  • Must 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)

  • English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

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 the CSWE website ( to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

Licensure: Social Worker must be licensed or certified by a state at the independent practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). If the incumbent possess certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and relates to functions of this position, submit certificates with your application.

The full performance level is GS-11- Social Worker is licensed or certified by a state at the independent practice level For grades below the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within 3-years of their appointment as a social worker. Non-independent state licensed social workers must be registered or show proof of registration as a California Associate Social Work (ASW) licensure for scope of practice while pending a state's independent licensure (applicants should review the Californian Board of Behavioral Sciences web page).


In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have One year of experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

GS-9 - 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 and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below.

Assignments - Individuals assigned as GS-9 social workers are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised. Social workers at the GS-9 entry level are typically assigned to VHA program areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience. Since these social workers are not practicing at an independent level, they should not be assigned to program areas where independent practice is required, such as in a CBOC or mental health, unless there is a licensed social worker in the program area who can provide supervision for practice. GS-9 social workers provide psychosocial services in the assigned area under supervision.

GS-11 - Experience, Education and Licensure - Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level OR 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.

Assignments -This is the full performance level for social workers. GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area. NOTE: A clinical healthcare setting is a medical center, comprehensive clinic (medical or psychiatric), where social work participates in collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.


SALARY: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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: Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others; Light lifting (under 15 pounds) light carrying (less than15 pounds); walking (.5 hours); standing (.5 hours); kneeling (.5 hours); repeated bending (.5 hours); entering data and documentation into computer systems (2.5 hours); may require field visits for continuity of care- ability to drive a vehicle (must have valid driver's license) Environmental Factors: Outside and inside, Working closely with others, including patients with physical or emotional conditions that maybe unpredictable, Working independently.

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:

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: $54,664.00 to $85,977.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open Continuous Announcement

Control Number: 447586700

Job Announcement Number: VR-1776181-HYB-16-116-MWF