Social Worker - HUD/VASH Housing Specialist US Department of Veterans Affairs Memphis

Title Social Worker - Hud/vash Housing Specialist
Date 2020
Company US Department of Veterans Affairs
City Memphis

Short Description :

Minimum of one year of postMSW experience equivalent to the GS9 grade level in the field of health care or other social workrelated settings, VA or nonVA experience and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level Persons hired or reassigned to social ,…

Full Description :

    Duties Summary

    HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless veterans aimed at providing psycho-social services to veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The incumbent is assigned to Mental Health Service and functions as the Housing Specialist for Housing and Urban Development / VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) and provides housing services to all HCHV programs; Grant and Per Diem (GPD), HUD-VASH, and Veterans Justice Outreach.

    Responsibilities

    Duties include but are not limited to:

    • Performs Site Visits of HUD-VASH apartments
    • Verifies veteran status, eligibility for VA care, and program participation
    • Collects and submits HUD-VASH participant data for submission
    • Locate suitable housing, conducting outreach and communication sessions with prospective landlords
    • Participates in conference calls and follows local policy and Standard Operating Procedures for the HUD-VASH and Joint Commission accreditation
    • Review agreements between the VA and other outside entities in order to establish appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements
    Work Schedule: MondayFriday, 8:00am4:30pm
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    0185 Social Work

  • Requirements

    Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    Qualifications Basic Requirements:
    • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work.
    • Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/.
    • Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services.
    • English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).
    May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
    Grade Determinations:
    Social Worker, GS-9
    Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements.
    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
    (a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.
    (b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.
    (c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
    (d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.
    (e) Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology.
    Social Worker, GS-11
    Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
    NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 3c. OR
    Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
    (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
    (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.
    (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan.
    (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals.
    (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
    References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard
    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.
    Physical Requirements: The work requires extreme patience and controlling of emotions. The work may also require assisting physically disabled veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects, such as medical records and substantial computer entry. Work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common of the client population. The Incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour of duly and/or weekends as needed to accommodate the schedules of patients and families. Frequent keyboarding to operate a computer. Education

    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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
    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.
    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.
    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    Show a commitment to VHA: Applicants should demonstrate interest in a rewarding career working for VHA.
    Customer Service: Meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provides the customer with consistent information per established policies and procedures- handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately. Must be able to accept criticism and maintain a calm demeanor in stressful situations.
    VA Interchange: If you are in a Hybrid occupation (i.e. Medical Support Assistant) you must meet the requirements for interchange to be considered for a position in the competitive service. What this means to you the applicant that is currently in a VA Hybrid occupation is that you must
    1. Be currently serving under an appointment without time limit; AND
    2. Be currently serving in a position covered by the interchange agreement (Covers employees who occupy VA medical or medical-related positions and were appointed under Title 38 U.S.C. 7401(1) or Hybrid 7401(3)); AND
    3. Have served continuously for at least 1 year under Title 38 U.S.C. 7401(1) or Hybrid 7401(3)).
    NOTE: IF YOU ARE ON A TITLE 38 OR HYBRID TITLE 38 APPOINTMENT AND DO NOT SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION TO SHOW THAT YOU MEET THIS REQUIREMENT YOU CAN NOT BE REFERRED.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, resume, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
    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.

    Background checks and security clearance Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • License
    • 10-2850c
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • 10-2850c
    • Professional Certification
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • Transcript

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. 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.

  • Benefits

    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. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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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    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


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