Social Services Assistant

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for DC - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.3


Duties
Summary
The position is located in the Community Justice Program, Re-entry & Sanctions Center and the incumbent is a Social Services Assistant Substance Abuse Counselor and provides proactive counseling and guidance on a wide range of social issues and career development problems.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/aiportal/control/toVacancy?referenceCode=HURIJ .

Responsibilities
(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

As a Social Services Assistant in a residential facility the incumbent will provide evaluation, counseling, treatment readiness, and referral services to treatment facilities. Conduct initial client intake and evaluations, perform preliminary screenings to identify behavioral types, reaction patterns, and symptoms of acutely ill, alcoholic or drug-addicted clients. Facilitate psycho-educational modules that focus on substance abuse.
**Applicant must be certified as a current local, state or national licensed Addictions Counselor, Certified Addictions Counselor Level 1, or license as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Maintains progress notes of defendants and/or offenders participation and progress in programs/activities. Provides technical support to case managers and staff by preparing reports, forms and a variety of referral and case management documents.
Assists in developing substance abuse education seminars and workshops, makes referrals that address defendants and/or offenders medical or program needs, and participates in the group and/or individual counseling of defendants and offenders.
Participates in clinical data collection for research activities.
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
9

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
United States Citizens
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)
0186 Social Services Aid And Assistant

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Applicants must possess required licenses/certifications stated below.
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation, drug testing, and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
U.S. Citizenship: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. Failure to certify US Citizenship may result in your application not being considered.

Qualifications
Qualifying experience for the GS-7 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-6 that is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: assisting staff that work with individuals who are addicted to, or abuse alcohol and/or drugs, and conducting intake and evaluation of defendants and offenders.

Qualifying experience for the GS-8 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-7 that is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: assisting staff working with individuals who are addicted to, or abuse alcohol and/or drugs, and conducting intake and evaluation of defendants and offenders, assisting in preliminary screening of defendants and offenders to identify symptoms of acutely ill alcoholic or drug-addicted clients. Specialized experience also includes providing basic technical support by preparing reports, forms and a variety of referral and case management documents.

Qualifying experience for the GS-9 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-8 that is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: assisting staff working with individuals who are addicted to, or abuse alcohol and/or drugs, and conducting intake and evaluation of defendants and offenders, assisting in preliminary screening of defendants and offenders to identify symptoms of acutely ill alcoholic or drug-addicted clients and responding to their needs by securing appropriate medical services as a Social Service Assistant Substance Abuse Counselor. Specialized experience also includes providing basic technical support by preparing reports, forms and a variety of referral and case management documents for use by Case Managers and other staff.

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Education
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-7 level may be met by completion of one (1) year of graduate level education with courses such as psychology, sociology, counseling, social behavior, and human behavior.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-8 level may be met by completion of 18 months of graduate level education (27 semester/40 quarter hours) with courses such as counseling, human behavior, psychology, social behavior, and sociology.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-9 level may be met by completion of two (2) years of graduate level education (36 semester/54 quarter hours) or a master's degree with courses such as counseling, human behavior, psychology, social behavior, and sociology.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.
**NOTE: IF USING EDUCATION FOR BASIS OF QUALIFICATION, YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS.

Additional information
BASIS OF RATING: Your application will be rated under Category Rating Procedures and be placed in one of three categories: Highly Qualified (highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education and training), Well Qualified (competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education and training), or Qualified (an overall basic level of knowledge, skills and abilities of the job based on a complete review of your experience, education and training). With the exception of positions which are professional and scientific at the GS-09 (or equivalent) and above, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 30-percent or more (CPS) and those with a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10-percent but less than 30-percent (CP) move from the category in which they would otherwise be placed to the top of the highest quality category.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies for identical positions within the next year.

Bargaining Unit Status: Not Eligible

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Appointment may require completion of a one-year probationary period.

CSOSA uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities. Position is Mission Essential and is not subject to administrative dismissal in emergencies based on inclement weather conditions, or other emergency situations, as appropriate. A Mission Essential employee is required to report for, or remain at, work in emergency situations; dismissal or closure announcements do not apply to him/her unless his/her supervisor instructs otherwise.

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

You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents
Generally, preference is granted to veterans who entered military service prior to October 14, 1976; or served on active duty during the period from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, and who are otherwise eligible; or who served on active duty during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or who have served in a military action for which they received a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal. This includes the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) awarded to those who participated in Operation Joint Endeavor or Operation Joint Guard. Also, you may be entitled to veterans' preference if you are a disabled veteran; you have received a Purple Heart; you are the spouse or mother of a disabled veteran; or you are the widow, widower, or mother of a deceased veteran. You will need to submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 and proof of your claim. If you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference you must attach a copy of your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility. If you are applying for consideration under the 30% or more Disabled Veteran Authority, you must attach a SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.
If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and meet the mid-level (scoring between 85 and 89) of the crediting plan for all factors or the established cutoff score. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
Selective Service Registration: As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments directly deposited into a financial institution of their choosing.

If you would like to use your education to qualify for this position, you must provide an unofficial transcript with the application.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation, drug testing, and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

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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.