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Social Worker - HUD/VASH

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1112163
Salary : Applicant''s education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
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.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are _I_ ntegrity, _C_ ommitment, _A_ dvocacy, _R_ espect and _E_ xcellence (" I CARE ").
America''s Veterans need you! To find out more, go to /.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job. Designated and/or random drug testing may be required. Subject to a background/suitability investigation. You must pass a pre-employment physical Proficient in both written and spoken English Master''s degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited college/university
The HUD/VASH Social Worker position will be stationed in the Missoula Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The incumbent will provide up to 70% of their work for Veterans directly in the community.
The incumbent in this position performs social work functions specifically directed toward homeless veterans and their families or veterans at-risk for homelessness. S/he serves as a primary contact with the Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), providing case management-based services (directly or through referral) necessary to ensure that veteran care is coordinated with the VA, mental health providers and agencies that serve the homeless populations. S/he interviews veterans and their family members to establish facts about the veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment. S/he interprets and explains VA's treatment and benefit program; reviews all of the veteran's data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment. This position will require some travel within Montana.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Relocation expenses and/or incentives have not been authorized.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The position is sedentary in nature. There is requirement for walking, standing, bending, stooping while filing, and carrying objects such as files, invoices and other documents. Employee will sit comfortably to do the work. There is some physical strain/demand by having prolonged use of the computer or viewing the computer screen.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
a. Citizenship . Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)
b. Education . 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). 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.
c. Licensure . Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master''s degree level. (1) Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.
d. 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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Applicant''s education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. You can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.
Veteran''s Preference : When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.
For more information on Veterans'' Preference, go to .
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire , and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1112163.
2. Fax your documents to .
The following documents are required :
Completed Online Questionnaire
Resume
Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
If currently employed in the VA system, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.
Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Wednesday, May 14, 2014. If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. This is not a guarantee and must be requested in advance.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.
The Veterans Administration is an Equal Opportunity Employer : All qualified employees will receive consideration for promotion without regard to political, religious or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical handicap or age. In the event of unanticipated vacancy(s) in the same position and location as this vacancy occurs within ninety (90) days of the selection, additional selections may be made from this announcement.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A,Appointment of persons with disabilities i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities , and/orDisabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need (a reasonable) accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting (reasonable) accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you have question regarding reasonable accommodation please call our Human Resources Office at .

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