Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (Housing Specialist) in Saint Louis, Missouri
Summary This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Responsibilities The VA St. Louis Health Care System (Mental Health Service) is recruiting for a full-time Social Worker (Housing Specialist), GS-0185-11. Duties include, but are not limited to: Development and implementation of facility and community wide housing opportunities for homeless Veterans. Conducts housing search strategies/plans based on individualized HOPE case management services and psychosocial assessments. Leads continuous quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, housing search and placement services to homeless veterans who are participants in the HOPE Program, and act as a centralized liaison for staff to HUD, participating and developing improved process for workflows with public housing authorities, landlord/property management companies and realtors. Develop and maintain electronic landlord databases accessible to staff and Veterans Build a comprehensive and extensive network of permanent, suitable housing options for HUD-VASH staff and regularly interfacing with landlords, property management companies and realtors on behalf of the HUD-VASH staff connecting HUD-VASH and HOPE Veterans to appropriate housing unique to each Veteran's need. Develops expertise in housing markets, HMIS and other relevant areas to support strategic planning for the homeless department. Coordinates regular housing fairs and landlord engagement events to support the department's mission. Duty Location: Hope Recovery Center, 515 North Jefferson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103. However, the duty location may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis MO area based on the needs of the Medical Center. Work Schedule: Full-Time, 8am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment Incentive: May be authorized for the highly qualified candidate. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens. 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of 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. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations for GS-11 Social Worker: 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates 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, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185, dated September 10, 2019. Driving Requirement: The selectee must have a current, valid, and unrestricted drivers license prior to the firm/final employment offer. Physical Requirements: No special physical demands such as above average ability, dexterity, or strength are required to perform the work. Work is mostly sedentary, and the employee may sit comfortably. There will be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light to moderately heavy items (e.g., meeting materials), etc. Field work may involve traveling to conferences, meetings, and other sources for information. For more information, refer to VA Handbook and Directive 5019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. 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. 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. 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