Status: Full-time position
Location: To Be Determined
Deadline Date: 4/10/13
Job Summary: The Department of State is developing a rank-order list of eligible hires to fill entry-level Foreign Service Limited Non-Career Social Worker vacancies. The specific number to be hired will depend on the needs of the Foreign Service.
A Limited Non-Career Appointment does not lead to further employment in the State Department or conversion to another form of employment. Candidates may not apply more than once a year.
Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. This restriction does not apply to preference eligible veterans. Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance, obtain an appropriate Medical Clearance, be found suitable by a final review panel, and be eligible for diplomatic privileges and immunities in the country of assignment.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal job requirements for this position if the applicant can show that the foreign education is comparable to education received in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for federal jobs.
Applicants will also be asked to submit their work history for the last 10 years or since they left university whichever is the shorter period.
In addition to the general requirements for employment in the Foreign Service, an applicant must have an M.S.W. (Masterís in Social Work) from an accredited graduate program and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in clinical psychiatry. Applicants must possess the highest level of independent clinical licensure for professional Social Work practice level (LICSW, CSW, LCSW, etc.) in any State.
Duties: Serves as a psychiatric Social Worker for (Country specific or post around the world). Provides crisis intervention, problem assessment, and brief counseling for employees under Chief of Mission authority. Coordinates efforts with Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist.
Provides crisis management training for employees. Provides supportive counseling and debriefings to employees.
Coordinates service provision with the Office of Medical Services' Family Liaison Office, Office of Casualty Assistance, Regional Bureaus, and Human Resources.
Serves as technical expert on troubled employees and provides clinical guidance to post management on sensitive situations such as interpersonal relations on the job, job stress, violence in the workplace, medical illness, medical disability, and family problems.
Mediates job performance issues and disputes between employees and supervisors. When indicated, coordinates resources within the State Department to provide further assistance.
Advises and counsels employees of the possible administrative consequences of activities adversely affecting job performance caused by personal problems. Refers such employees for consultations with the appropriate office responsible for effecting disciplinary actions and explaining appeal processes and rights.
Maintains liaison and provides expert assistance to specialists responsible for the administration of other specific employee programs including, but not limited to, disciplinary actions, leave administration, reasonable accommodations, conduct/suitability, disability retirement, and career development.
Participates as a Family Advocacy Team member reviewing and giving advice and counsel on cases of spouse abuse.
Provides support services, including hospital/home visits as needed to patients.
Facilitates support groups in the workplace for employees with cancer, employees dealing with elderly relatives, single parents, and other groups, as requested.
Designs, facilitates, and conducts appropriate training activities, such as orientation for employees under Chief of Mission authority, Community Liaison Officer training, and supervisory training. Works with managers on an ongoing basis to develop leadership skills.
Develops educational outreach programs to ensure an awareness of the benefits of Mental Health Services. Offers outreach in the form of videos, workshops, panel discussions, and health fair presentations. Maintains handout literature and a lending library on mental health, stress management, parenting, aging, and other issues of interest to employees.
Performs other duties as requested by M/MED and M/MED/MHS.
Performs all duties with scrupulous regard for confidentiality and with the goal of assisting employees to maintain effective work performance.