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Social Worker - Mental Health Service Chief

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Birmingham
Posted on: December 8, 2018

Job Description:

This vacancy announcement will be open continuous until filled. The Open Continuous Announcement allows acceptance of applications until the final closing date. The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referral of applications to be considered will be 11/15/2018; subsequent cut-off dates will be every two weeks thereafter.

As Chief, Mental Health Service the responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: planning, developing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating the operational aspects of mental Health programs within BVAMC. The Chief of Mental Health Service will assure that all eligible patients receive proper psychiatric care; provide quality mental health treatment; and ensure that all patients and staff are exposed to a safe working environment.

Birmingham VA Medical Center is a teaching affiliate with UAB and nurse practitioner collaboration and trainee supervision may be required.

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

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • English language proficiency (written and spoken) required.
  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A favorable physical examination prior to employment may be required.
  • Licensed as a Social Worker (Verification required).
  • Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) is required. MINIMUM GRADE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-14:
    Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as care line management must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for subordinate staff to qualify for licensure. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. They may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience.

    Assignments. Licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior Social Workers typically practice in a major specialty treatment program area, such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. They are also assigned in settings where they have no access to social work supervision, such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. They may be assigned to work with special patient populations with highly-complex health or mental health problems requiring expert level psychosocial interventions, such as VA/DOD liaisons assigned to Military Treatment Facilities as part of seamless transition or social worker case managers in Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) programs.

    Social Worker Program Coordinators and Manager. For Social Worker Program Coordinators, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility and the type, size, and complexity of the assignment.
    Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience.
    NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
    NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 29, 2012.

    Salary to be determined by the Social Work Professional Standard Board (PSB) of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

    Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ( ). Functional requirements include light lifting under 15 lbs, light carrying 15-44 lbs, walking and standing and standing for up to 8 hours, use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read type written characters (glasses permitted), ability to hear the whispered voice (hearing aid permitted), repeated bending for up to 8 hours, etc.

    VA facilities must make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency.
    • IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
      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. For further information, visit:

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