Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Senior Social Worker (HUD-VASH) in San Francisco, California

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1821671

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 VA employees should apply under NQ-17-DM-1821670-BU.


The Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing Senior (HUD-VASH) program, a partnership between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to veterans who acquire permanent housing through HUD’s Section 8 voucher system.

This position functions as Case Manager for San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) HUD/VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. The HUD-VASH Program is located at the San Francisco Downtown Clinic/Annex and CBOCs throughout the SFVAHCS catchment area. The Senior Social Worker is responsible for providing case management and other services for veterans receiving housing through HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Functional Statement Title/#: Senior Social Worker – Housing and Urban Development/ VA Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH)

Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Agency site visits and home visits in the local community will be 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.)

NOTE: A current, valid state driver's license is required for this position.

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.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below:

  1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

  2. Advanced and expert skill in a range of intervention modalities used in medical social work, especially for veterans residing in the community while coping with significant psychosocial needs, medical illness and/or mental health conditions. This includes psychosocial assessment and intervention, case management, individual, group, and/or family counseling re: adjustment to illness and disability.

  3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the CBOC, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and delivery system. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

  4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the area of medical social work practice and to provide supervision for masters of social work interns.

  5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to social work practice as needed.

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: $84,302.00 to $109,592.00 / 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: 452990300

Job Announcement Number: NQ-17-DM-1821671-BU