Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (Couples Therapy) in Manchester, New Hampshire

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Manchester, NH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1823144

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans’ personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

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.

Relocation Expenses:Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


This Announcement is open to NON VA Employees. CURRENT VA-Employees wishing to apply should do so VIA Vacancy # JT-17-LJM-1823143-BU

The incumbent is assigned to Mental Health Service Line. The primary duty station for the incumbent will be the VA Medical Center, Manchester, NH. He/she may be assigned to a Community Based Outpatient Clinic as needed. The incumbent serves as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and is responsible for coordinating and providing family counseling services. While the primary responsibility of the selected applicant will be to work with couples and families, they may be called upon to take on additional individual therapy cases as well as to run therapy groups based upon the needs of the service line. The incumbent conducts assessment interviews, develops treatment plans and provides treatment to eligible veterans and their families. Treatment modalities may include crisis intervention as well as both short and long-term services. The incumbent may refer clients to other programs and professionals at the VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic. Participates in and provides consultation to other team members; participates in conjoint emergency treatment with other medical center mental health personnel.

Clinical tasks include, but are not limited to: couples and family therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, intake assessment, screening, treatment planning/goal setting, outreach, crisis intervention as needed. The incumbent performs administrative tasks assigned by the supervisor or appropriate program official. Maintains client electronic clinical records in accordance with program guidelines and professional/licensure requirements. As a member of the Mental Health Service the incumbent will share Mental Health on call duties with the rest of the service line. The incumbent will participate in administrative, clinical and other in-service meetings and training as required. The Primary Schedule is Monday – Friday, however, some weekend shifts may be required to meet the needs of our veterans.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must possess a valid drivers license
  • VA Form 10-2850C must Be Submitted to be considered


Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States.

Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited be 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.

English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.



For GS-11:

Requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.


In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.

*Prior training/experience working with family and couples therapy is preferred. *

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. This Vacancy is being announced at the FULL PERFORMANCE Level ONLY. The only grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS 11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185.

U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

*PLEASE NOTE: * 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Physical Requirements:Lifting and carrying up to approximately 25 lbs., manual dexterity, walking less than 1 hour, standing 1-2 hours, sitting for 2-6 hours per day. Work is primarily in an office, clinically based setting. Typing/computer based work occurs on a daily basis. Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $64,862.00 to $84,320.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-00/00

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453244700

Job Announcement Number: JT-17-LJM-1823144-BU