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Social Worker

Company: Department Of Homeland Security
Location: Los Fresnos
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This announcement hasa first cut-off date. Applications received by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the cut-off date of 1-MAR-2021 will receive first consideration for this vacancy. Depending on staffing needs a2nd cut-off date of 1 APR-2021 may be used and every 30 days there after.

NOTE: One or more positions may be filled using this announcement. Applying to this announcement certifies you authorize DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions

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In this position the incumbent will serve as a Social Worker in a detention facility staffed by ICE Health Services Corps, providing care for detainees in ICE Custody. Duties will include:

  • Provide comprehensive case management through written and oral communication with patients and with members of interdisciplinary teams.
  • Perform counseling for individuals, groups, couples and families with substance abuse problems, providing relapse prevention training, motivational interviewing strategies, and crisis intervention counseling when needed.
  • Work in with clinical social work concepts, principles, procedures, and practices of Social Work relating to alcohol and drug prevention, education, and treatment of substance use disorders

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May need to travel to other sites for temporary work detail as needed.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0185 Social Work

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must successfully pass a drug screen.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service.
  • Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Time in Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service. Time in grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


Applicants must demonstrate they meet the Basic AND Specialized Experience Qualification requirements noted below. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Basic Requirements:

A. Have a master's degree in social work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (You must provide a copy of your transcripts with your application)

B. Possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare provider certification. This certification shall be maintained in a current status at all times while performing services.

C. Possess and maintain a current, permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice clinical social work independently as recognized in the state licensed, whereby clinical supervision is not required. (You must provide a copy with your application)


Specialized Experience:GS-12: Applicant must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service OR equivalent public or private sector experience performing the following duties:

  • working with bio-psychosocial instruments to make assessments and evaluations of mental, emotional, attitudinal, and intellectual status;
  • preparing written case documentation involving multiple dysfunctions;
  • preparing treatment plans that restore patients to their normal work and social environments.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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, 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.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps, VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.


Keywords: Department Of Homeland Security, Brownsville , Social Worker, Other , Los Fresnos, Texas

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