Social Worker

Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 23, 2021
Full Time


The position serves as a Social Worker, located in the Office of Behavioral Interventions (OBI) is a component of CSOSA and comprised of a residential facility, the Re-Entry and Sanctions Center (RSC), Assessment, Evaluation and Placement Unit (AEPU), Restorative Justice Unit (RJU) and the Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Unit (ICBIU).
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Cultivates uniform and evidence-driven social work practices across the agency that are strength-based, ecosystemic, and healing-informed. Builds strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders; establishes and maintains strong referral networks; supports program staff and internal and external stakeholders in coordinating care for returning citizens.

Participates in, coordinates, and/or manages agency programs and projects. Provides administrative and operational oversight for contracted behavioral healthcare services.

Screens, assess, and coordinates care for returning citizens with mental health conditions. Develops appropriate treatment plans, monitors progress, and makes adjustments where indicated. Considers the client assessment and the ability of the client to accept different types of assistance in making initial and continuing decisions as to the applicability of available services and/or the need for additional support.

Establishes connections with other agencies to build a robust referral network and identify opportunities for collaboration.

Ensures organizational compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory requirements by staying informed on existing and new legislation; facilitates adherence to requirements; advises management on needed actions; and maintains confidentiality.

Expected to perform case management duties, provide individual as well as group therapy services, complete psychosocial assessments, develop treatment plans, coordinate discharge as well as provide administrative and operational oversight for contracted behavioral health services.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
  • Background security investigation, drug test, and favorable adjudication
  • May be required to successfully complete a one year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • CSOSA uses E-Verify, if you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • The position is Mission Essential. Mission Essential employees must report for, or remain at, work in emergencies; dismissal or closure announcements do not apply to them unless their supervisor instructs otherwise.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments directly deposited into a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Bargaining Unit Status: Not Eligible


You may qualify at the GS-13 level if you fulfill the following qualification requirements:

A. Must fulfill all of the requirements for a Master's degree in Social Work, including a practicum from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirement, applicants must have specialized experience.

B. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to provide intensive case management services for offenders with diagnosed mental health conditions; for offenders that require focused monitoring, including ensuring that they comply with evaluation, treatment, and medication regimens as directed by order of the Court or the paroling authority.

License (current/active): Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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; religious; 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.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or your entry on duty date, if after November 22. CSOSA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: .

If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and meet the mid-level (scoring between 85 and 89) of the rating criteria for all factors or the established cutoff score. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is at: .

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies for identical positions within the next year.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

CSOSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application will be rated under Category Rating Procedures and be placed in one of three categories: Highly Qualified (highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education and training), Well Qualified (competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education and training), or Qualified (an overall basic level of knowledge, skills and abilities of the job based on a complete review of your experience, education and training). With the exception of positions which are professional and scientific at the GS-09 (or equivalent) and above, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 30-percent or more (CPS) and those with a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10-percent but less than 30-percent (CP) move from the category in which they would otherwise be placed to the top of the highest quality category.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Attention to Detail
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Technical Credibility

Your application will be evaluated according to the extent and quality of experience, education, and training. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your resume, online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses will be evaluated against the knowledge, skills, and abilities and the result of the additional assessments required for this position. The assessments measure the critical competencies that are required to successfully perform the job. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

You must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
-Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process).To apply for this position,
- Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
- Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional
- College transcript(s): Master's Degree in Social Work
-License: Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
-License: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
- Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
- DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
- Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
- Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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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