Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker Veteran's Justice Outreach (VJO) Coordinator in Saint Louis, Missouri

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As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/. **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.

The* VA St Louis Health Care Systemis a *2 campus, full-service tertiary referral centerproviding advanced inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation, as well as over 65 subspecialty areas, including the VA's busiest interventional cardiac program, interventional radiology and radiation oncology.

DUTY STATION: The duty station is at the Hope Recovery however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center.

*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. *

THIS IS AN EXTERNAL ANNOUNCEMENT. IF YOU ARE A VA-WIDE AGENCY EMPLOYEE OR OTHER FEDERAL AGENCY EMPLOYEE, THEN YOU SHOULD APPLY UNDER STL-T38H-18-EG-2025853.

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Responsibilities

The Veteran's Justice Outreach Social Worker practices in the Homeless Veterans Programs and serves a patient population with highly complex health and mental health problems. The incumbent serves as an outreach specialist and case manager for the Justice Outreach program. The VA is committed to the principle that when veterans' non-violent offenses are products of mental illness, veterans and their communities are often better served by mental health treatment rather than incarceration. Primary responsibilities are both Clinical and Administrative.

DUTIES INCLUDED, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • The incumbent functions as an outreach specialist and case manager for Veterans with complex psychosocial and mental health problems.

  • Provides The incumbent functions as an outreach specialist and case manager with complex psychosocial and mental health problems.

  • Provides outreach to incarcerated Veterans who are at risk for homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness and chronic medical conditions.

  • Responsible for working with veterans and their families in the local justice system for counties covered by the St. Louis VA Medical Center.

  • The incumbent will coordinate care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery, and linking and referring Veterans to the VA Medical Center, VA Regional Office and/or other community agencies.

  • Act as the VA Regional point of contact for the criminal justice community in the St. Louis area to facilitate linkage to VA treatment services.

  • Educates the criminal justice community about the benefits of Penal Codes, which offers combat Veterans treatment in lieu of incarceration.

  • Responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping, and monitoring program outcomes through the Northeast Program Evaluation Center.

  • Participate and coordinate special homeless events including Stand Down, the Community Homelessness Assessment and Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) meeting, and other VA and community based events as they pertain to the incumbent's role in the HCHV program.

  • Will demonstrate the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Functional Statement Title/#:Social Worker Veteran's Justice Outreach (VJO) Coordinator

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPENED TO U.CITIZENS

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Physical Requirements:

Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs." For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. http://www.va.gov/vapubs/

Qualifications

*Basic Requirements: *

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 notbe 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. Licensed or certified by a state at the Advanced Practice level to independently practice social work.

  • English Language Proficiency.Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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.

Preferred experience:Working with incarcerated individuals. Experience with courts. Experience with substance use and mental disorders. Experience working with high risk individuals.

* Grade Determinations:*In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

GS-12 Qualifications - Program Coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patient in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) coordinators, Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) coordinators. Homeless Veterans program (HVP) coordinators, Community Nursing Home Program (CNHP) coordinators. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. They manage the daily operation of the program, develop polices and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget.

Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manger 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.

In addition, I can demonstrate the professional KSAs listed below (as indicated on resume and/or CV):

  1. In-depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program.

  2. Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.

  3. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program.

  4. Ability to organize work, set priorities, meets multiple deadlines, and evaluate assigned program area(s).

  5. Ability to provide training orientation, consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 dated February 29, 2012. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review.

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.

Additional information

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

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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

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

NOTE:The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. **

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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214

  • OF-306

  • Other (VA Form 10-2850c, KSAs, copy of License, Transcripts)

  • Other Veterans Document

  • SF-15

  • SF-50

  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.

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to 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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

*Veterans' Preference:*When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

*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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2026469.

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

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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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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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. 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.

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 View 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 Monday, December 18, 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 Submit My Answersto submit your application package.

NOTE: 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
Elaine Garnett
Phone

(314)652-4100x63577

Email

ELAINE.GARNETT@VA.GOV

Address

VHA St Louis HCS Human Resources 05-JB St Louis, MO

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Next steps

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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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.

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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/486111700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/07/2017 to 12/18/2017

Salary: $72,651 to $94,449 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent