Social Work Associate

Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 25, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Full Time

Overall responsibilities include provision of direct client services, participating in interdisciplinary planning with the Patient Focused Care Team, collaboration with the Medical Continuum's various disciplines and committees, and utilizing DVA and community resources to most appropriately meet the needs of the clientele.
Specific duties of this position include the following:
  • Complete clinical reminders and assist as needed with the intake assessment.
  • Develop psychosocial assessments of clients in order to identify emotional, social, physical, familial, economic and vocational/avocational needs and resources.
  • Coordination of discharge planning, which could include liaising with landlords, family members, or coordinating consults for VA housing programs, as well as setting up discharge follow up appointments.
  • Collaborate with other treatment providers and family members, when available to assess mental health treatment needs and appropriateness for residential treatment.
  • Identify appropriate community and VA resources, and facilitate utilization of these resources by the veteran, families, and non-patients.
  • Assists patients, families, and non-patients, by providing counseling and/or appropriate referrals, with problems that are tangible and overt in nature i.e., inability to meet mortgage payments, to difficulties, and employment problems.
  • Assists patients, families, and non-patients, by counseling and/or making appropriate referrals, with problems that are intangible in nature i.e., marital conflict, family dysfunction, chronic mental illness, substance abuse, and dementia.
  • Provide on-going supportive counseling to patients to maximize their coping and adjustment, to illness, injury, treatment, living demands, one by-product of which is to avoid or forestall readmission to the medical center.
  • Assist our veteran patients in understanding medical protocol and VA benefits.
  • Identify unmet needs within the community and assist in developing these needed resources.
  • Autonomously manages a complicated caseload with a minimum need for direct supervision.
  • Represent Service assigned and the Medical Continuum (as assigned) on committees/task forces which address program development and program maintenance, direct service, education, or matters of an administrative nature.
  • Escort patients in the community, typically in the provision of facilitating discharge.
  • Conduct group education on a variety of health-related topics, including physical and mental health, preventative care, management of current medical conditions and utilizes a variety of group techniques to maintain attention an comprehension by patients in the group.
  • CBOC Social Work Associates will also monitor, schedule and follow up with Mental Health Consults.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Available, but these are not 100% telework positions.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Social Work Associate/PD512-21049-S
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • 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
  • 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 Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/29/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-08 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in major fields of study such as: social welfare, sociology, psychology, public administration, philosophy, education, anthropology, history, economics and/or English.

Experience GS-8: Do you have two years of such experience as a social welfare worker or social work assistant in a voluntary, public, social or health agency, which must have included 1 year in a medical setting.

You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
  • Specialized Experience for the GS-8: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Providing assistance and service support as prescribed by social workers in conjunction with their treatment, interviewing patients for information or service purpose; handling referrals selected referrals to social and health facilities. obtaining and compiling data and similar types of work organizing mental health and medical treatment needs, initiating requests for medical appointments/services and assisting with local, State or Federal Benefits and referrals for food, shelter, transportation, etc.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Customer Service
  • Patient Care
  • Teamwork
  • Attention to Detail
  • Oral Communication
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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (intermittent); standing (intermittent); hearing (aid permitted); clear speech. The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items like papers or books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


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

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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.

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.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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 .

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