Social Worker (Substance Abuse Counselor) – DE

Social Worker (Substance Abuse Counselor) – DE


The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Social Worker (Substance Abuse Counselor) with the Mid Atlantic Service Unit. Incumbent will serve as a substance abuse counselor providing substance abuse services and clinical services to address mental health disorders. These positions are located at the Monacan Health Center in Madison Heights, Virginia and Charles City, Virginia.

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Duties, Social Worker

  • Provide direct clinical services to children, adolescents and adults with substance use disorders, co-occuring disorders and primary mental health disorders through the provision of culturally sensitive individual, couples, family and group counseling. Must have a level of skill to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with the patients and/or families.
  • Conduct comprehensive substance abuse evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment planning, along with addressing other mental health needs of patients.
  • Provide strategic interventions, motivational interviewing techniques, relapse prevention strategies and crisis counseling for patients and families.
  • Work within an integrated care model and collaborates and consults with other providers, including physicians, nurses, dentists, and psychiatrists, to provide quality care for the whole person.
  • Provide consultation and education to patients and their families regarding community resources, benefits, specialty programs and available health services. This includes the incumbents’ knowledge of the process for accessing and/or coordinating community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other IHS programs, other government programs and community programs.
  • Provides education to patients, their families, hospital staff and other interested community members on mental health mailers such as depression, child abuse, parenting and grief and others.
  • Provide case management services to patients and their families throughout the continuum of care.
  • Plan, coordinate, and provide comprehensive referral services to patients and families. Link patients with needed community services for employment, housing and follow-up care.
  • Work in collaboration with the supervisor to enhance social work/substance abuse services.
  • Conduct outreach with the local native communities to provide prevention programming and case identification.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

Requirements for the Social Worker

Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.

Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period

U.S. Citizenship is required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957 and seasonal influenza immunization is required for all staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

COVID-19 vaccination is required for all selectees prior to entrance on duty.

The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

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Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.

Qualifications for the Social Worker

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Basic Requirement(s)

Degree: Social work. Must fulfill all of the requirements for the master’s degree in social work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Licensure: Applicant must have a current, unrestricted Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in a State within the continental United States or its territories.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below.

Minimum Qualifications for the Social Worker

GS-11 grade level:
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: Examples Include: Performed and planned bio-psycho-social assessments, evaluate cases and gather case reports, consults on psycho-social issues and advocates for patients, monitors progress of high-risk patients, created a plan to provide the care serve and coordinates with treatment programs, and serves as a liaison between a client and the service provider.

OR Completed Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree that is directly related to the work of the position;

OR Combination of education and experience, in one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field, that when combined fully meet the minimum qualifications for this position.

Time In Grade

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: .

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 .

Additional Information

Per IHS policy (SGM 21-04) IHS selectees to positions located in Federally operated hospitals, health centers, and clinics must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before entry on duty or have IHS approve a medical or religious exemption. If an exemption is approved then wearing a face mask and regular testing for COVID-19 will be required. Your Human Resources Specialist will provide a list of documents acceptable as vaccination proof and instructions on how to submit your vaccination documentation or how to request a medical or religious exemption, if needed.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous 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.

This position is not covered by a Bargaining Unit.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized. At least a 1 year service agreement will be required.

The Indian Health Service (IHS), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), And The Health Resources And Services Administration (HRSA) Have Student Loan Repayment Programs For Qualifying Health Disciplines. This Is a Competitive Process Separate From The Hiring Process. Opportunities For LRP Are Based On Agency Hiring Priorities And Availability Of Funds. For Additional Information Please Visit

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This position is being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion/Excepted Services procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number IHS-24-NA-12244822-ESEP/MP for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This position is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications requirements for this position, your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your qualifications will be conducted to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran’s preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles.

Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

To determine if you are qualified for this position, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against the qualifications as defined in the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement and your responses to the assessment questions. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following.

  • Customer Service (Clerical/Technical)
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Intervention
  • Technical Competence

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance. CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a “well qualified” rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Workforce Restructuring Career Transition website at: . CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.

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  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) –
  • Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) –
  • Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled –

Click here to view vacancy questions: . All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, 05/31/2024, to be considered.

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