Social Worker

Fargo, North Dakota
Nov 20, 2020

Duties Summary

Services include provision of high quality case management, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers and agencies as needed by the client. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the MHC Team or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate.

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The Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement(RANGE) social worker duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provides case management and therapy services to seriously mentally ill veterans in Fargo and the surrounding community.
  • Travels to the veterans home in many cases but also sees the veteran at the Fargo VA Medical Center and in other community locations. Same day travel within the local commuting area is approximately 40% of the work hours. A valid driver's license is required to drive a government vehicle.
  • Demonstrates knowledge in DSM-5 diagnosing, creates a treatment plan, and provides treatment based on diagnosis.
  • Subject matter expert on VA and community resources and educates veterans and their family members on available resources.
  • Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs, if indicated.
  • Enters timely and accurate documentation in the computerized record system.
  • Serves on the social work on-call rotation for the Medical Center.
  • Serves on a multi-disciplinary treatment team on a weekly basis.

Work Schedule: Administrative days, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Requirements 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


A complete application package must be received and all qualifications for this position must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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. 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed.

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).

Preferred Experience: Experience with a Computerized Records System. Knowledge in use of the DSM-5 and the ability to incorporate mental health treatment based on diagnosis. Skills and experience in case management of seriously mentally ill patients.

Grade Determinations: GS-11: This is the full performance level. Social workers at this level are licensed or certified to independently practice social work.
(1) Experience 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-9grade 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.
(2) 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.
(3) 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 G39

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5019.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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