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Supervisory Social Worker

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Altoona
Posted on: June 3, 2021

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Supervisory Social Worker has significant personnel management responsibilities for a small to medium size professional staff. They are responsible for the professional and administrative management of homeless program at the Altoona VAMC and CBOC's. The incumbent in this position functions as the Altoona VA Medical Center's Supervisor for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program.

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The incumbent in this position functions as the Altoona VA Medical Center's Supervisor for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program. The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership and front line supervision to all staff of the HCHV Program, as well as monitoring and coordinating services provided by the HCHV Program. Components of the HCHV Program include Homeless Outreach, Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH), Grant and Per Diem (GPD), Compensated Work Therapy (CWT), Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) and other components of the comprehensive Homeless Programs. The incumbent will also provide direct clinical services and will also have program coordination responsibilities. This position works in close collaboration with other Mental Health Social Work (MH SW) Supervisor and the Social Work Executive as well as other members of the mental health and primary care teams. Incumbent will provide afterhours consultation on a rotation basis with other GS-12 Supervisory and social work management staff. Incumbent will provide coverage for social work management as needed.

Social Work Supervisors must be licensed at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for subordinate staff to qualify for licensure. The incumbent assumes the supervisory and administrative responsibility for the management of the assigned social workers who function within the HCHV Program located at the Altoona VAMC and CBOC's. As the supervisor, the incumbent assists in planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures; developing individual or group goals and objectives as well as monitoring, operating, evaluating, coordinating and overseeing the Social Work staff of the assigned programs. The incumbent will assure the Social Workers whom they supervise are aware of, adhere to all current directives of VHA, and meet current Joint Commission (TJC) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilitates (CARF) standards, state licensure standards, and VA-OIG expectations. The incumbent will conduct ongoing intensive reviews and appraisals to ensure the accomplishment of objectives and adherence to standards set by governing bodies.

In carrying out responsibilities, operation of a motor vehicle with a valid driver's license is required. The incumbent must meet the requirements to use a government vehicle in accordance with VHA directive 2008-020. It may be necessary for the incumbent to travel throughout the Altoona VAMC catchment area where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, family members, representatives of community health, welfare and law enforcement agencies.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Telework negotiable after hire.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0185 Social Work

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Conditions 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 process



The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker 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 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 in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part).

English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f).

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 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. Current state requirements may be found by going to

Preferred Experience:The incumbent effectively communicates with and utilizes other disciplines (e.g., nursing, medicine) to facilitate treatment planning and implementation.

Grade Determinations: Supervisory Social Worker, GS-12

Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience.

Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as Supervisory Social Workers must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:(a) Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.(b) Knowledge of supervisory duties which includes clinical supervision, consultation, negotiation with other departments and quality improvement.(c) Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services.(d) Ability to provide staff training and development.(e)Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers.


Physical Requirements: The work requires sitting, bending, stooping and walking consistent with the delivery of services in the office, hospital and community. The position may entail lifting of no more than 25 pounds on an occasional basis. Whenever possible, carts and dollies will be utilized as an alternative to lifting.


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: 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:

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