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Job Title: Social Worker (Home Based Primary Care)
Company Name: Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Location: Battle Creek, MI
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 10/01/2017
Expire Date: 11/30/2017
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Job Description
Social Worker (Home Based Primary Care)

This position is 100% telework, meaning candidates from the Battle Creek, Benton Harbor,Wyoming or Lansing, MI metro areaswill work from their home servicing homebound Veterans within those catchment areas.

The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Social Worker serves as a core member of the interdisciplinaryHBPC medical treatment team. The employee primarily serves homebound Veterans and their Care givers who would normally have received their care from the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

The employee provides expert-level psychosocial interventions and case management services to Veterans with complex medical, social and behavioral conditions in which routine clinic-based care is not effective. Patients served under the HBPC program typically are those who have impaired mobility due to disability or functional limitation, inability to cope with the clinic environment due to cognitive, physical or psychiatric impairment, and the need for frequent coordinated interventions from multiple disciplines. The employee utilizes advanced practice skills, knowledge, and judgment in developing and measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. The employee provides coordination of specialized psychosocial services and programs.

This position requires extensive travel and work in the community (at least 75% of the time). A company vehicle is provided, which is parked at the nearest government facility to the candidate's home (i.e. post office, township hall). The VA also provides a government issued laptop, data aircard, and other items necessary for community-based work.

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Works independently to provide a comprehensive psychosocial assessment and integrates it into an overall plan of care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members and significant others, whenever possible.
  • Highlights the Veteran's strengths, limitations, and internal/external supports and service needs in order to optimize the Veteran's functional status and safely maintain the Veteran in his/her home.
  • In conjunction with the interdisciplinary treatment team, develops a treatment plan with the Veteran based on the assessment of the Veteran.
  • Independently makes a psychosocial diagnosis and offers psychosocial interventions, and then measures outcomes to interventions.
  • Participates and can lead weekly interdisciplinary care planning meetings when asked by the HBPC program director.
  • Designs systems changes based on observations, data and experience.
  • Addresses the unique needs of homebound, frail, disabling/chronic and/or dying Veterans.
  • Coordinates community-based services, from a wide spectrum of available resources requiring a broad knowledge base.
  • Facilitates and prioritizes referrals based upon veterans needs and eligibility.
  • Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and refers Veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs.
  • Independently identifies and prioritizes high-risk patients and provides case management services.
  • Provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members.

Preferred Experience: Has practiced at the advanced level and has 2 or more years of specialized knowledge of practice typically related to terminal, chronically ill and/or elderly patients. (This experience must be noted in your application package to receive credit).

Work Schedule:While the administrative tour for this position is generally 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, the nature of the role may require being available for emergent situations on evenings and weekends.

Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker

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). 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 substitutes for the master's degree in social work.

Licensure. Persons hired or reassign to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licenses or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.

Physical Requirements: Listed under requirements below.

English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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 Social Worker

Experience, Education, and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR In additions to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substitutes for the required 1 yea of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  1. Knowledge of community resources, 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, weakness, 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, and medical terminology.
  5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalitiesin 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 practicewithin 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 needs of patients and the impact ofpsychosocialneeds 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 serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placement.
  8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
  9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.

Preferred Experience: The Best Qualified candidate for the HBPC Social Worker position will have experience practicing at the advanced level, having specialized knowledge of practice typically related to terminal, chronically ill and/or elderly patients. The Social Worker will have a minimum of 2 years specialized experience in working with this population, and will be licensed or hold certification in a state at the independent practice level.

Reference: VA Handbook, Part II, Appendix G39. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Use of fingers; Walking; Standing; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2015781.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & 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). 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 substitutes for the master's degree in social work.

Licensure. Persons hired or reassign to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licenses or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.

Physical Requirements: Listed under requirements below.

English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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 Social Worker

Experience, Education, and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR In additions to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substitutes for the required 1 yea of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  1. Knowledge of community resources, 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, weakness, 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, and medical terminology.
  5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalitiesin 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 practicewithin 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 needs of patients and the impact ofpsychosocialneeds 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 serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placement.
  8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
  9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.

Preferred Experience: The Best Qualified candidate for the HBPC Social Worker position will have experience practicing at the advanced level, having specialized knowledge of practice typically related to terminal, chronically ill and/or elderly patients. The Social Worker will have a minimum of 2 years specialized experience in working with this population, and will be licensed or hold certification in a state at the independent practice level.

Reference: VA Handbook, Part II, Appendix G39. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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