Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Clinical Social Work (Emergency Room) in Muskogee, Oklahoma

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

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (5 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (15 day(s) away)

Job Overview

INSTRUCTIONS: Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1827316

At Jack C. Montgomery, we have the right people, in the right jobs, with the right skills and abilities. We all have a true sense of personal value, and a commitment to providing high quality service to our nation's you have what it takes to be a part of this team? If so, we want you to apply for this position!

Visit the Muskogee Chamber website at:

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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

**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.


PLEASE NOTE: This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualification of this position:

The primary responsibilities of this position is to provide direct social work services, quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, psychosocial assessments, individual therapy, brief family therapy, placement services, and referrals to various community agencies and hospital services to emergency department patients. The emergency department social worker responds to consults ordered by the attending emergency department physician by interviewing the veteran utilizing questionnaires and other measurement devices while assessing the veteran's emotional, functional, financial and bio psychosocial condition. Presents the findings and recommendations to the emergency department physician. Function as client advocate for veterans in the emergency department performing duties to facilitate independent community living by coordination services within the VA and community.

The emergency department social worker assists emergency department veterans in the preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies for entitlements, then refer to the appropriate service for follow up until a determination has been made. Serve as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes veterans encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Collaborate with members of the professional specialty clinics to provide comprehensive care to emergency department veterans. Identify, develop, and facilitate accessibility and utilization of VA and community resources to meet the needs of emergency department veterans. Conduct individual and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and social needs as treatment issues.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday,* 4:30 pm to 1:00 am* Functional Statement Title/#: Social Work/ #000000 Duty locations:Muskogee, OK

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social workers are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b) (9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:

a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)

b. 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 the CSWE web site to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

c. Licenser. 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. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM web site.

(1) Exception. VHA may waive the licenser or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licenser/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL: For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility and the type, size, and complexity of the assignments. Experience working with Native Americans preferred.

Experience, Education and Licenser: Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator or manager must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. They may have certification or other post-master's degree training from nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and intern ship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

  2. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder etc.

  3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

  4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licenser or for specialty certifications.

  5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

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.

Salary: A Professional Standard Board will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.


References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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.

Physical Requirements:Walking (2-4 hours); Standing (2-4 hours);Repeated bending (1-2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13' to 16" to jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hear (aid permitted); Emotional stability; Contagious disease; Working closely with others.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

Other Information

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.

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

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453619000

Job Announcement Number: FM-17-RF-013-BU