Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator in Tacoma, Washington

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1995452

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

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.**


The Social Work Service Line of VA Puget Sound Health Care System has two openings to provide Justice Outreach to the veterans in the King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Kitsap county areas. Working with the American Lake campus staff. There is a large amount of driving associated with this position, to and from VA offices and courts to provide outreach for the veteran population.

The incumbent serves as Justice Outreach Social Work Coordinator and is administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty. The Justice Outreach Social Work Coordinator whose primary responsibilities include, but is not limited to:

  • Provide intensive case management services;

  • Continuous quality improvement activities;

  • Evaluation/consultation;

  • Psychosocial assessments;

  • Placement services and referrals to various community agencies for veterans who are incarcerated.

  • Responsible to coordinate with judges and lawyers on the Veterans behalf;

  • Advocate for the Veteran;

  • Coordinate treatment programs when required;

  • Other duties as assigned.

The best qualified applicant will have experience working with offenders and interacting with the court system; have knowledge of jail culture, its impact upon veteran institutional and community perceptions and behavior, and skill in assisting the veteran and those who work with him or her in adopting behaviors adaptive to community living. Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday, must be available and flexible to meet court schedules and department needs outside the regular tour of duty.


  1. Relocation expenses are not authorized.

  2. Recruitment/Relocation incentive will not be authorized.

  3. Applicants must possess an independent license.

  4. Travel between Seattle, American Lake and other locations will be required, Driver’s License will be verified upon selection.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel between Seattle, American Lake and other locations will be required, Driver’s License will be verified upon selection.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Open to current permanent VA and Federal employees only

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

BASIC Requirements: Must be a US Citizen. Non-citizens may 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 accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Licensure: Be licensed or certified at the Master’s level to independently practice social work in a state.

There are no exceptions at this grade level.

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

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met to determine grade level of the position:

GS-12: In addition to meeting all basic requirements, 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 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). 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 Skill and Abilities 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 licensure or for specialty certifications.

Preferred Experience:

The best qualified applicant will have experience working with offenders and interacting with the court system; have knowledge of jail culture, its impact upon veteran institutional and community perceptions and behavior, and skill in assisting the veteran and those who work with him or her in adopting behaviors adaptive to community living.


References: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II; Appendix G9 dated 2/13/2009, available at,Qualification Standard Social Worker GS-185.

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: Active listening, reading, observing and evaluating verbal and nonverbal behavior, walking, speaking, writing reports, writing policies and procedures, writing clinical notes, using office equipment such as computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopy machines.

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 checklistor visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


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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

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

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

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-08 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $77,926 to $101,307 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Series: 0185 Social Work

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VP-17-KIN-1995452-SWS-BU

Control number: 476057000