Senior Social Worker (Women's Veteran's Program)

Baltimore, Maryland
Dec 03, 2021
Dec 11, 2021
Full Time

The WVP Senior Social Worker will provide a full range of services within the Social Work Scope of Practice based on Veteran's needs, acuity level, and preferences for care. Services may include, but are not limited to: case management, psychoeducational groups, group therapy, resource referral and linkage, specialized care coordination, and development of community partnerships and relationships. The incumbent also assists in ensuring the coordination and provision of gender specific and gynecologist services; counseling and treatment for sexual trauma and IPV; appropriate psychiatric services; and oncology (breast and reproductive cancers) to eligible Women Veterans.

The WVP Social Worker is responsible for providing consultation and psychoeducation to Veterans and Veteran families on topics including community resources, Advance Directives, VA benefits, budgeting, activities of daily living, and recovery goals. The incumbent will serve as a

consultant on topics related to women's mental health to other team/staff members and take a lead clinical role in case consultation. The WVP SW may carry a modest case load of Veterans based on need and availability.

Although the primary duty station is the Baltimore VA Medical Center, the WVP SW may also travel to other community based outpatient clinics and community partners to provide services as well as training and education related to Women Veterans and the Women Veterans Program. The clinician provides clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination to the appropriate referral sources, including the VA and community agencies. Case management services are provided by this social worker to Veterans with complex physical and mental health problems as needed to maximize outcomes of medical intervention by addressing psychosocial needs. This is accomplished in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment teams, community, and VA resources as appropriate.

The WVP SW works to provide a wide range of social work services to patients and families who are coping with acute, intermediate or chronic phases of a variety of illnesses and/or with psychosocial challenges. The incumbent also acts as a consultant to physicians and other health care providers who seek bio-psychosocial information in order to properly address the concerns of their patients and families. The incumbent develops whole health plans to deal with veteran's complex issues.

The WVP SW coordinates care for veterans from all wartime eras. The social worker is educated in responding to the sensitive needs of veterans from various demographics.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker (Women's Veteran's Program)/PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized
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 a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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


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 (MSW) 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-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. For this grade level, applicants must be licensed at the advanced practice level.
  • English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoke and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
Grade Determinations: Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB 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). 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.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs listed below:
1. 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.
2. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, sitting, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities. There is ongoing exposure to individuals having psychiatric and physical illness and disabilities. These include violent or aggressive behavior and chronic psychiatric and medical problems. Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Hearing (aid permitted).


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. Must clearly show it is an *official copy. *Can be a personal copy, if selected you will be required to provide official sealed copy from school to credentialing office.

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.

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.

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