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Social Worker (Casual Pool Emergency Department & Acute Pool)

Department of Veterans Affairs

This is a Full-time position in Pittsburgh, PA posted March 4, 2021.

* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryIncumbent is assigned to the University Drive Division Emergency Department of VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. They will respond to social work needs throughout the University Drive Division acute care Medical/Surgical, Intensive Care, acute Psychiatric, and Observation Units after staff within these areas conclude their assigned tour of duty.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesMajor duties include, but may not be limited to: Identifies patient’s/family’s psychosocial, financial or legal concerns that affect patient care management and interacts with patient/family/interdisciplinary team to facilitate the patient care process; improves patient and/or family understanding of and adjustment to the medical/psychiatric diagnosis to maximize benefits of medical intervention and enhance patient/family functioning throughout the course of illness; ensures that the patient/families are involved in all phases of the patient care process; intervenes with appropriate individuals/departments/agencies regarding delays in service that may have an impact on quality of patient care, length of stay or inappropriate patient admissions; utilizes appropriate interventions with the Area Agency on Aging for Emergency Placement for those Veterans presenting with only placement needs; assesses patient’s/family’s adaptation to patient illness and ability to provide for patient’s care needs and provide resources in areas that are identified as areas for improvement; maintains current knowledge of and identifies needs in service delivery within social, governmental and legal agencies; maintains effective working relationships with medical/psychiatric staff, nursing staff, and case management to work collaboratively to provide for the health care needs of patients.Serves as a resource to the interdisciplinary team for community based social service agencies and VA programs.* Work with Emergency Department Nurses and Physicians actively making recommendations and comments on the Veteran’s needs regarding psychosocial problems and discharge needs* Reviews patient information for Veterans consulted on for psychosocial or behavioral health needs, determines anticipated need for further behavioral health treatment and/or safety to return to the Veterans’ current living situation in collaboration with the care management team, patient, and family* Interacts with home care staff, community agencies and facilities to ensure safe and timely discharge* Ensures coordination of the communication process with patient/family concerning the discharge plan, including coordination of family meetingsWork Schedule: 7:00am – 3:30pm / 9:00am – 5:30pm / 2:30pm – 11:00pm, Sunday – Saturday; includes holidays (16hrs per week)Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion Potential11* Job family (Series)0185 Social WorkSimilar jobs* Community Mental Health Social Workers* Family Social Workers* Mental Health Social Workers* School Social Workers* Social Workers* Social Workers, All Other* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required* 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 processQualificationsApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.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 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-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.* Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services.* English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.Social Worker GS-9Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements.Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:(a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.(b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.(c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.(d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies.(e) Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology.May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).Social Worker, GS-11Experience 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. 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.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:(a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.(b) 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.(c) 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.(d) 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.(e) 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 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.Physical Requirements: Must be able to walk/stand for at least 8 hours a day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); clear speech; will be outside and inside; possible excessive noise, intermittent; work closely with others. Must be able to pass drivers physical.EducationIMPORTANT: 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: