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Social Worker

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fremont
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The VA Palo Alto Health Care System is currently recruiting for a GS-12 Senior Social Worker in the Integrated Patient Aligned Care Team (i-PACT) Program of the Social Work Service. This position is located at the Fremont Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). This position may be eligible for student loan repayment through the VA Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). CLICK HERE for more information


The Senior Social Worker at the Fremont Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is responsible for developing and directing medical social work services at the outpatient clinic serving Veterans and their families from a large geographic area. The incumbent works collaboratively with medicine, mental health and specialty clinics in planning, organizing, managing and evaluating the social work services needed to further the mission of the clinic in providing exceptional health care to improve the health and well-being of the veterans served by the clinic. These social work services include: screening, assessing, consulting, managing crises, triaging, treating, referring, coordinating VA services and community resources, and developing policies and procedures to improve the social work services to the clinic providers, veterans and their families. Major duties include, but are not limited to; Functions as a primary contact for community agencies, hospitals, health care facilities, city and county governments, providing general information about VA benefits & eligibility and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The incumbent is one of the identified points of contact for discharge planning from community hospitals communicating and coordinating care with the Primary Care team, Mental Health team and Veteran/Family. The incumbent coordinates and provides information in compliance with HIPAA and VA Privacy regulations regarding VA benefits pertaining to nursing home care, in-home assistance, and Aide and Attendance/housebound benefits. The incumbent evaluates Veterans' eligibility for VA nursing home care and identifies the medical needs to distinguish between extended care services, other VA inpatient programs, Medi-Cal long term care options, in-home health services and county services. Incumbent facilitates communication between outside hospitals and VA Fremont CBOC primary care providers. Functions as a clinical supervisor to IPACT Peer Support Specialists. May also develop standard operating procedures, policy and procedures to develop the I-PACT Peer Specialist Program in conjunction with the I-PACT Peer Specialist Social Work Administrative Supervisor. This includes serving as one of the lead facility points of contact to oversee and support the Peer Specialist LIP clinical supervisor at each CBOC (Fremont, Palo Alto and San Jose CBOC), providing clinical supervision to Peer Support Specialists, and supporting the two IPACT Peer Support Specialists and PACT Teamlets on a daily basis, tracking consults, overseeing program development, developing VAPAHCS best practices, standard work and improving upon quality of care, safety and to support increasing access to improve Veteran centered care. Develops, adapts and directs social work services to meet the changing needs of the Integrated Primary Care and Mental Health Clinics and any specialty clinics at VA Fremont CBOC while engaging the i-PACT Teamlets to work with patient and family to address bio-psycho-social needs. Serves as a leader for I-PACT Medical Social Worker for the Fremont Clinic for advanced knowledge of VA and Community resources, consultation regarding difficult cases when the supervisor is not available and offering regular competency trainings to I-PACT SW Section and Staff. Tracking and managing I-PACT Fremont and off-site medical social work consults and troubleshooting data management. Coordinates medical social work services including referrals to community resources and provides support services in these areas to the mental health clinic. Coordinates long term care referrals to VA Community Living Centers (CLC) at Menlo Park and/or Livermore and facilitates long term care referrals to contracted nursing homes with the Community Nursing Home Coordinator. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework, if approved, would be on an regularly scheduled occasional basis, but this position is not virtual or remote. UPDATE: This announcement will remain open and applicants will be referred to the hiring manager when there is a vacancy.


Conditions of Employment


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. 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. English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters 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 a specialty. Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management.

(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.

(c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes.

(d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills.

(e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39 Physical Requirements: This position is primarily sedentary, but some light carrying and lifting will be required.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. 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

Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Fremont , Social Worker, Other , Fremont, California

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