Qualifications BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The following requirements are required at all grade levels for this series: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 VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.Education. Candidates must 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 website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work: http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-Programs.aspxGRADE DETERMINATIONS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met to qualify for this series at the GS-12 grade level:GS-12 Senior Social Worker Licensure: Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Experience and Education: Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) below: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.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.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.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 licensure or for specialty certifications.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.Grade and Salary: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The applicant must meet all qualification standards for this grade. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and is the authority on recommending placement in this grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate and may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.Note: 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; religious; 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.IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/50, PART II, APPENDIX G39, dated: February 29, 2012. 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. Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Light Carrying (under 15 lbs); Use of fingers; Walking 8 hours; Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Climbing, legs only 3 hours; Hearing (aid permitted) and emotional/mental stability.