Social Worker (Pain Management) job vacancy in US Veterans Health Administration (Walla Walla, WA 99362)

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Company name : US Veterans Health Administration
Location : Walla Walla, WA 99362
Position : Social Worker (Pain Management)

Description :
Duties
Provide complex clinical services to clients with chronic pain that are often complicated by psychological problems. Have expertise in evidence-based behavioral pain management psychotherapies. Employs a variety of case management, psychological, rehabilitation, social work, counseling, and mental health techniques. Provides outreach services and engages in community networking. Duties will vary based on grade. At the GS-11 level, duties will include, but are not limited to: Case Manager: Case manager for Veterans in the Pain Care program performing duties to reduce barriers to treatment plans. Facilitates successful treatment plans by coordinating mental health, community care and continuity of care/healthcare appointments. Psychosocial Assessment: Complete a psychosocial assessment for each referred Veteran and develop goals and objectives pertaining to the Veteran’s areas of need. Interdisciplinary Treatment Plans: Complete an Interdisciplinary Treatment Plan for each referred Veteran by or before 3rd session, when changes occur, and annually or at discharge from Pain Care Team. Pain Care Team Referral management: Responds to referral sent to the Pain Care Team by conducting a virtual, in-person, or telephone interview of the Veteran. If the Veteran is interested in the program, will coordinate the three evaluations to determine rejection or acceptance into the program. Monitor consult access and provide an annual report summarizing access and the reasons for discontinuation of consults. Pain Social Worker Referrals: Pain Providers may submit referral for social work services for Pain Care Team pain patients. Respond to these referrals by interviewing the Veteran utilizing questionnaires and other measurement devices. Assess the Veteran’s needs based on the referral request including emotional, functional, and psychological condition and present the findings to the Pain provider. Referral to Service Providers: Function as the expert in VA and community resources subject matters. Collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran’s needs for additional resources in support of the Veteran’s recovery. Advocacy: Act as an advocate when it serves in the best interest of the Veteran/family. When appropriate and feasible, social worker will educate and encourage the Veteran/family to advocate for themselves, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Crisis Intervention: Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans. Access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of the crisis. Education/Health Promotion and Prevention: Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advanced Directives/Living Will and will refer Veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team for identified health education needs. Educates Veterans about the importance of monitoring medical records and being responsible for their own health care. Introduce Veteran’s Library, my-health-e-vet, form for obtaining medical records, the advantages of my-health-e-vet Premium account, and the form for health information exchanges. Treatment: Help Veterans adjust to current living situation; explore areas of deficit in activities of daily living; provide and/or arrange skill building educational activities; explore areas of psychosocial conflicts or trauma seeking resolution or psychological stability (maintenance) by using a “Recovery Model’ based approach. Administrative Responsibilities: Enter all Veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. Complete Clinical Reminders and interface with mental health to ensure integrated delivery of services. Collaborate in the performance improvement processes and comply with performance measures as required. Participate in activities that obtain feedback from clients and work to enhance services as needed. Establish and maintain positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Attend all meetings and perform other duties as required by Behavioral Health Service. This may include coverage responsibilities in the absence of other social work staff to ensure timely access and coordination of care. Complete the continuing education hours needed for maintaining professional licensure. Demonstrates professional behavior that conforms to VA regulations and policy, State and Federal Laws and code of ethics of appropriate professional social work accrediting organization. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8am – 4:30pm Compressed/Flexible:Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements
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.
Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.
Subject to background/security investigation.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

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 worker 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: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.

Exception: May waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level. For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be licensed or certified. At the time of appointment, the supervisor, chief social work or social work executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9:

Experience, Education, and Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements.

In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.

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.

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.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.

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.

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.

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.

In addition to the experience and licensure or education above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

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.

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.

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.

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, Part II, Appendix G39 dated September 10, 2019

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.

Physical Requirements:
This work requires light lifting (under 15lbs), light carrying, use of fingers, walking (2 hours), standing (2 hours), operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid may be permitted), and emotional/mental stability. Environmental factors of the position is working outside and inside, excessive cold, dry atmospheric conditions, electrical energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working closely with others, and working alone.

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

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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization’s telework policy and the duties of the position. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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.

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. The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate’s abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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.

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.

Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether you’re a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you’re eligible under their policies.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

VA Application 10-2850c (signed within 6 months)
Resume
Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: About VA Form 10-2850C | Veterans Affairs.

Required at time of application and signed within 6 months.

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
License
OF-306
VA Application 10-2850c (signed within 6 months)
Other (2)
Other (3)
PCS Orders
Performance Appraisal
Professional Certification
Resume
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Transcript

NOTE: If you are claiming Facility, Agency, or Federal Employee Eligibility, you must submit a copy of your
most recent (not more than 1 year old) Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 (
Not an award SF-50). Your SF-50 must include:

Position title, pay plan/series/grade
Tenure code
Position Occupied type of appointment (Competitive or Excepted)

Within Grade Increase, General Adjustments, or Promotion SF-50’s are best, Award SF-50’s do not include this pertinent information.

Veteran’s Preference: In accordance with Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) Bulletin, Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages dated 10/26/2021, Veteran’s Preference will not be applied to this occupation.

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.

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 09/01/2022 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11614367.

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.

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, 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 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.

Agency contact information
Rebecca Hanson

Phone
509-434-7320
Email
rebecca.hanson2@va.gov

Address

Jonathan M Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center

77 Wainwright Drive

Walla Walla, WA 99362

US

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. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center. NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

Fair and Transparent

The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
Reasonable accommodation policy
Financial suitability
Selective Service
New employee probationary period
Signature and false statements
Privacy Act
Social security number request

Required Documents

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

VA Application 10-2850c (signed within 6 months)
Resume
Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: About VA Form 10-2850C | Veterans Affairs.

Required at time of application and signed within 6 months.

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
License
OF-306
VA Application 10-2850c (signed within 6 months)
Other (2)
Other (3)
PCS Orders
Performance Appraisal
Professional Certification
Resume
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Transcript

NOTE: If you are claiming Facility, Agency, or Federal Employee Eligibility, you must submit a copy of your
most recent (not more than 1 year old) Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 (
Not an award SF-50). Your SF-50 must include:

Position title, pay plan/series/grade
Tenure code
Position Occupied type of appointment (Competitive or Excepted)

Within Grade Increase, General Adjustments, or Promotion SF-50’s are best, Award SF-50’s do not include this pertinent information.

Veteran’s Preference: In accordance with Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) Bulletin, Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages dated 10/26/2021, Veteran’s Preference will not be applied to this occupation.

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.

Help
This job is open to

Federal employees – Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Federal employees – Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.

Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.

The public
U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency
The area of consideration will be referred in the following order: 1) Current permanent Agency (Department of Veterans Affairs) employees. 2) Current permanent employees of other Federal agencies. 3) The Public – US Citizens. * In accordance with Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO) Bulletin, Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages dated 10/26/2021, Veteran’s Preference will not be applied to this occupation.

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