- Orient residents to MHRRTP policies and procedures. Prepares and assembles appropriate admission items for admissions in advance.
- Conducts initial structured assessment of resident's level of independent and communal functioning.
- Assessment includes, but is not limited to, the resident's ability to take prescribed medication roperly, keep personal area clean, attend to personal grooming and hygiene, interact appropriately with other residents, and accept and execute the resident's share of MH communal responsibilities. Document findings in the resident's clinical records.
- Make recommendations to the resident's case manager for modifications to the resident's individualized treatment-rehabilitation plan, as necessary.
- Perform diagnostic support duties such as taking, recording and reporting vital signs; oversees urine specimen collection and preparation of submission to the laboratory for drug screen analysis; and administers breathalyzer as an alcohol screen; records test results accurately per MHRRTP policy.
- Regularly inspects the MHRRTP (including resident living areas) and surrounding grounds for compliance with health, safety, and security policies. Supports Incentive Therapy program; assigns household maintenance and other routine responsibilities to residents.
- Establishes and maintains therapeutic relationship with MHRRTP residents. Intervene therapeutically to resolve behavior problems, conflicts with or between residents, and/or failure of residents to follow established MHRRTP guidelines or staff instructions. Documents such interventions in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Documentation will meet relevant Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and VA standards. Notify resident's case manager and MHRRTP management of such intervention.
- Summons emergency personnel immediately for residents in medical and/or behavioral crisis. Assist such personnel in stabilizing and/or evacuating the resident.
- Assist in facilitating groups to increase understanding of substance disorders, PTSD, homelessness and to improve interpersonal skills, and facilitate behavioral and attitudinal changes in the residents.
Job family (Series)
0186 Social Services Aid And Assistant
- Assistants, Social Service
- Community And Social Service Specialists, All Other
- Community Service Specialists, All Other
- Counselors, Dormitory
- Dormitory Counselors
- Social Service Assistants
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 background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/11/2019.Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4 The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience: Group leader in community or residential recreation or training programs; counselor in a youth summer camp; instructor in a training program for the development of job skills; work that demonstrated the ability to be responsible for and to lead and train members of a job crew; group activities leader in the Armed Services; unit leader-monitor-proctor for a dormitory group in a boarding school or other residential facility; aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff in such fields as personnel (private or government), social services, or who work with individuals who are addicted to or abuse alcohol and/or drugs, nursing assistant work OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have Four years of education, above high school, may be substituted for the experience requirement for GS-05. Successfully completed education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation, or the equivalent, is the normal prerequisite is creditable. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial, or technical school, junior college, college or university. Certified transcripts are required if substituting education for required experience OR,
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level.
- Analytical Thinking
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.Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.Physical demands are generally moderate. Work may involve demonstration of cleaning and other household maintenance tasks to MHRRTP residents. There may be stress involved in dealing with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally assaultive. Most work will be performed while sitting, walking, or talking. Mild physical activity can be expected such as exercise or outdoor recreational activities.Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in a patient care setting; adequately lighted, temperature controlled, and ventilated. May be exposed to outside and inside conditions; along with electrical energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces. Ability to work closely with others and also alone. Office temperatures fluctuate periodically; involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as clinics, offices, meeting and training rooms or libraries; exposure to noise and dust on occasion. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
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: 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
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.Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
- Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
- An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
- Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
- Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
- Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
- Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
- SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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The employee performs as a Social Services Assistant to the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) VAMC Sheridan, WY. The MHRRTP program is a specialized treatment program provides residential bio psychosocial rehabilitation treatment to veterans with psychiatric disorders, psychoactive substance use disorders, and/or psychosocial problems.
Work Schedule: Incumbent could work rotating shifts. Work all tours of duty including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.Telework schedules: Not AuthorizedVirtual work schedules: Not AuthorizedFLSA: Non ExemptPosition Description Title/#: Social Services Assistant #40984ABU Status: Bargaining UnitRelocation / Recruitment Incentives: Not AuthorizedPCS Relocation Expenses: Not AuthorizedDesignated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is receivedFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.