Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Position Opening at usajobs.gov in Iowa City, Iowa

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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.

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.

Current VA employees should apply under IC-18-05-LH-2016840-BU.

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Responsibilities

The Medical Foster Home (MFH) Coordinator .5/Community Residential Care Coordinator .5 is a Social Work Program Coordinator whose responsibilities are for maximizing psychosocial quality of life issues in order to assist veterans to remain in the least restrictive level of care and keep them out of the hospital as often as possible. The incumbent serves veterans who tend to have serious, frequent and severe crises; lack of family or an adequate community support network; are poor at self-monitoring; frequently fails to comply with instructions and treatments; have significant deficits in coping skills; and require ongoing psychosocial and medical support. As the Community Care Coordinator, the incumbent serves as a liaison between the VA and the local Residential care Facilities, assisted living homes, group homes, family care homes and psychiatric community residential care homes within our catchment area.

  • The incumbent is responsible for recruitment and development of foster homes, placement of veteran residents, ongoing training and support to caregivers, case management, development of policies and care processes, and coordination with the HBPC interdisciplinary treatment team.
  • Implements and evaluates clinical guidelines to establish appropriate utilization of services and implements information systems to track referrals, inpatient stays, patient demographics and patient satisfaction.
  • Performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning and assessment of the Medical Foster Home Program.
  • Responsible for overall function of the Community Residential Care Program (CRC), including recruitment and development of homes and veterans into the program while providing outreach to community groups and agencies to promote the CRC program.
  • Completes consults from the interdisciplinary care teams and other social workers on complex, difficult cases using advance practive skills and expertise.
  • Interviews and conducts psychosocial asasessments, interviews veterans and family members to establish facts about the veteran's functioning and health while assessing high risk factors, acuity and need for services.

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

Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker, Medical Foster Home/Community Residential Care Coordinator

Travel Required

25% or less - Up to 25% business travel may be required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment physical
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing may be required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Valid state driver's license required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklistor visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

Applicants to this position are not required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for appointment as a GS-12 Social Worker, applicants must meet the basic requirements for employment which include:

  • Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

  • 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 notbe substituted for the master's degree in social work.

  • Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185-12 series in VHA Must be a licensed or certified Social Worker by a state at the advanced practice level which included an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) advanced generalist or clinical examination. This requirement would be met by possession of Iowa State LISW licensure or Illinois State LCSW licensure.

  • Physical Requirements. The work of this position is primarily sedentary. Physical demands do not exceed those of a typical office setting. There may be some walking, standing, twisting, turning, sitting, pushing, bending, repetitive keyboarding or carrying of light items. Please also see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005.

QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position, candidates must have at least two years of licensed Social Work experience in health care social work. In addition, program coordination experience in the field of mental health is preferred.

Education

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Additional 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. **

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

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Required Documents

Please use this checklistto 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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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.

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

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 2018232.

  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 26, 2017 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Pay and leave

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, thrift savings plan, 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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/JobBenefits/benefits.asp.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 26, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin,* click Apply Online* to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Lindsey R. Dietzman
Phone

(319)338-0581x6727

Email

LINDSEY.DIETZMAN@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Iowa City VAMC 601 Highway 6 West Iowa City, IA

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Next steps

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481737000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/13/2017 to 10/26/2017

Salary: $72,482 to $94,229 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent