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

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

Short Description :

Level requires completion of a 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 ,…

Full Description :

    Duties Summary

    This position is located within the Social Work Service of the Eastern Oklahoma VA Healthcare System. The position is located in Tulsa, OK.


    Some of the duties to accomplish this task include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Reviews referrals from HUD-VASH case management staff, identifying veteran preferences and any known barriers to facilitating housing placement.
    • Conducts housing tours with referred participants, helping them identify potential housing placements and/or identifying other resources consistent with ending the individuals homeless episode.
    • Facilitates landlord engagements and assists veteran with completion of rental application documents as necessary. Interprets VHA guidelines and eligibility requirements and assists clients with completion of Requests for Proposals/Scheduling Request forms.
    • Employs expert knowledge of supportive counseling techniques and implements clinical interventions in working with individuals and families to achieve treatment goals.
    • Reviews HUD-VASH interest list to evaluate potential for diversion to other resources, taking into consideration barriers including but not limited to criminal history, financial status, specifics of rental history and/or evictions.
    • Participates in the community's case conferencing process within the CoC's Coordinated Entry System to help evaluate and coordinate access to appropriate system supports.
    • Coordinates with the multidisciplinary HUD-VASH teams to link team discussions to the community's case conferencing discussions, ensuring continuity of care for Veterans experiencing homelessness in addition to complex physical and mental illness, including those at risk for suicide.
    • Plans, develops and maintains a network of relationships with community resources and other advocates for the homeless to effectively screen and identify housing resources for veteran members of the homeless population.
    • Develops professional relationships with local landlords, property managers, and housing navigators.
    • Cultivates partnerships for developing housing stock opportunities within the community.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of HMIS and HOMES data standards, data sharing and privacy authorities, HUD guidance, and other applicable documents or established guidance.
    • Maintains metrics within program ACCESS system to aggregate and analyze housing data within specialized field of service.
    • Enters housing placements in community's HMIS system, as directed by supervisor and as appropriate to client release of information.
    • Demonstrates ability to evaluate system data, design and recommend system changes based on findings, thus expanding knowledge within the profession.
    • The HUD-VASH Housing Specialist is able to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students related to the clients served in the area of homeless services.
    • The incumbent is able to render professional opinions based on experience and expertise on topic matter and knowledge of effective social work practice skills within this scope of practice.
    • Actively participants in Homeless Program and HUD-VASH Program meetings and conference calls.
    • Maintains familiarity and responsibility for all performance measures relating to the HUD-VASH Program.
    • Adheres to national and local policy and procedures for the HUD-VASH Program, including requirements to maintain positive CARF and Joint Commission accreditation.
    • Willingly accepts additional and special assignments that are necessary to meet program goals or customer needs.
    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0185 Social Work

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  • 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 To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/23/2020.
    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 the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
    • 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. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.
    Preferred Experience: 1 or more years post LCSW licensure experience in HUD-VASH
    In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must meet the following grade determinations:
    Grade Determinations:Experience, Education 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. 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.
    In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSA's below:
    (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 Part II, Appendix G39, Reference and Appropriate VA Qualification standard
    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 11.
    Physical Requirements: Must pass a DOT physical to be considered for this position. Walking (2-4 hours); Standing (2-4 hours); Repeated bending (1-2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; 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; Hear (aid permitted); Emotional stability; Contagious disease; Working closely with others.

    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:

    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.

    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, résumé, 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


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

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

    • License
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:
    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 (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • Other (1)
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • 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 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


    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.

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    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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  • The public

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

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Open to all citizens of the United States.

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