Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration SOCIAL WORKER in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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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?

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.

The Social Worker is assigned to the Specialty Care Patient Service Line (PSL) of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Veterans Affairs class 1A (High Complexity) Medical Center.The Specialty Care Service Line Social Worker at the full performance GS 11 level serves all veterans and is assigned to Specialty Care medical teams in the inpatient and outpatient setting. The GS-11 social workers are considered at the full performance level with a Masters Degree in Social Work granted by a graduate program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Specialty Care Social Worker independently conducts psychosocial assessments, performs case finding functions and outreach, and screens patients for psychosocial needs.

GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 Social Work series and is used for Social Workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for Social Workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social Workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. GS-11 is the full performance level and requires the completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care Social Work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in Social Work from a school of Social Work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional Social Work experience in a clinical setting.

Work Schedule: Full Time and may include some evenings, some weekends, and some Holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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Responsibilities at the GS-9 entry level grade for a Social Worker include: *Provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from diversified backgrounds *Utilize individual, group, and family counseling skills to assist patients and families with a variety of psychiatric and medical, problems *With Social Worker Supervision, assess complex psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and families *Implement treatment plans with Supervisory Social Worker assistance *Utilize problem solving, and crisis intervention techniques with families and groups *Develop and implement psychosocial treatment modalities for individuals, families, and groups, under Supervisory Social Worker guidance *Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and community representatives *Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with diversified groups *Identify medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures for traumatic illnesses, medications and side effects *Use computer software applications to draft documents, manage data, and learn VHA approved software and programs

Responsibilities at the GS-11 full performance level include independent performance of the following: *Independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment *Collaborate with the veteran/family, and the interdisciplinary team to develop treatment plans *Conduct psychosocial interventions, and establish criteria to measure outcomes *Coordinate community-based resources for services from other VA programs, and community agencies *Independently identify high-risk patients, provide case management services, and provide crisis intervention services *Articulate both medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures which include acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology *Independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families within the bounds of license or certification *Serve as a field instructor for Social Work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements *Independently perform self-evaluation through professional peer review case conferences *Use computer software applications to draft documents, and manage data in VHA approved programs

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • 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. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j,
  • Physical Requirements: Working closely with others. Walking, standing, repeated bending, light carrying, under 15 pounds, use of fingers. Hearing without aid.

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. * Master's degree in Social Work from a school of Social Work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A doctoral degree in Social Work may not be substituted for the master's degree in Social Work. Transcripts required. * Proficient in basic written and spoken English. * Full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification. * Preferred Experience:1 year professional Social Work experience in a clinical setting

Grade Determinations: Degree: Social Work. Must fulfill all of the requirements for the master's degree in Social Work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care Social Work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.

Master's degree with practicum: Applicants who complete all of the requirements for a master's degree in social work that included a practicum are eligible for GS-9. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level who are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.

References:OPM Standards by Occupational Series 0185 Social Work Series; Standard for Professional and Scientific Series; VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G39, and Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration.

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-9 to GS-11.


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.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online on-boarding process.

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.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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.

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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, C.V., 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.

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.

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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documents:

  • Resume

  • Required VA Form 10-2850 can be found at:

  • SF-50

  • Transcripts Certain documents may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • SF-15

  • DD214

  • Other Veteran documents

  • Cover Letter VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application.

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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/22/2018 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 USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to 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 USA JOBS account,, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Robbin Duuck

612-725-2000 X2063



Minneapolis VA Medical Center One Veterans Drive Minneapolis, MN US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

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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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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.
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  • 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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  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/02/2018 to 03/22/2018

Salary: $54,106 to $85,104 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 9 - 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent