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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-526-12-SD-813068

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$35,309.00 to $45,898.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 18, 2013 to Monday, February 04, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 YEAR


1 vacancy in the following location:
Bronx, NY United StatesView Map


Preference Eligible Veterans Only


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   813068 

Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.



Special Employment Consideration: Veterans eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Physical and Medical Requirements
  • Preference eligible Veterans


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The incumbent will serve in a entry level capacity in the Mental Health Patient Care Center of the OEF/OIF/OND Recovery Service.   The incumbent will function as an apprentice interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel working with veterans and active duty members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their family members.   Peer Support Apprentices perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting veteran patients in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, assisting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self help strategies based on the Apprentice's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services. The incumbent functions as a role model, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for veterans in outpatient and inpatient settings. This individual must have the ability to assist others in treatment based on the principles of recovery and resiliently. By inspiring the hope that recovery and resiliently are achievable goals, the incumbent can assist others who are diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring disorders to achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery. The incumbent performs tasks to assist peers of all ages, from young adult to old age, in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process.  The work is primarily sedentary. Typically, the employee will sit to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items (such as books, papers), accessing transportation, and/or driving a government vehicle. The work requires patience and control of emotions. The work may require occasional use of appropriate techniques to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others. 


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     a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.

     b.  Physical and Medical Requirements.  The applicant must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others.  (See also VA Directive and Handbook 5019.)



    a.  Statutory Requirements.  Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13), established that to be eligible to receive appointment to a Peer Specialist position, a person must:

    (1)  be a veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; and

    (2)  Veteran who meets the applicable definition of a Veteran in 5 U.S.C. 2108 and 2108a is an individual who has been discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions, or submits a certification the he or she is expected to be discharged or released from active duty inthe armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the certification's submission, and meets one of the following critieria at

     b.  Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services.  Veterans eligible under 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition.   In all cases, Peer Support Apprentices must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Specialist by 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13)(B).  At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the Peer Support Apprentice with the written requirements for becoming certified, the date by which he or she must become certified, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline.  Failure to become certified by the prescribed date will result in removal from this GS-102 occupation and may result in termination of employment.



You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):

The incumbent must demonstrate:

1. Ability to establish and maintain effective person-to-person relationships.

2. Skill in oral and written communication. 

3.  Ability to inspire confidence and motivate individuals, and capacity for leadership.

4.  Knowlege of the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the ability to assist the veteran to address symptoms using strategies such as positive self talk.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).



APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***




Time-in-Grade Restriction - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.  

Veterans Preference: 

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.


Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Disabled veterans may also be considered under special hiring programs for disabled veterans with disability ratings from the Department of Veterans Affairs of 30 percent or more. To learn more about Schedule A appointing authorities and required certifications, please visit




Your application will be reviewed to determine your qualifications. Please be sure your resume and supporting documentation clearly reflect your expertise related to the following competencies: 


1. Ability to establish and maintain effective person-to-person relationships.

2. Skill in oral and written communication. 

3.  Ability to inspire confidence and motivate individuals, and capacity for leadership.

4.  Knowlege of the signs and symptoms of mental illness and the ability to assist the veteran to address symptoms using strategies such as positive self talk.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities  (go to   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 130 W KINGSBRIDGE RD
BRONX, NY 10456



1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) veteran applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional veteran Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

6. All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).   The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 04, 2013.



To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the top of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to UPLOAD all other requested required documents (PLEASE REVIEW THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION) before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications to our local office will not be accepted.



If you cannot apply online please use the FAX procedures below:

  1. Click the following link to view, print and complete the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form, copy of the completed questionnaire along with all other REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (PLEASE REVIEW  THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION).  All requested documents MUST BE FAXED TO (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


 If you applied online but was unable to upload all required documents please follow these instructions.

Fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 813068.  You MUST use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


NoteIf you need to change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


The following documents are REQUIRED:


  1. Resume (detail)
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Copy 4 of DD214- Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  4. And if applicable, Standard Form 15- Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, to support Veterans Preferences claims.
  5. Copy of your unofficial transcript (if using education to qualify)
  6. If applicable, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees)


If you fail to submit any of the above required documents will result in a rating of (IDMA) that indicates- You are ineligible for consideration for this position since you failed to submit required documents as specified in the vacancy announcement.  Please be sure to read each announcement for complete qualification requirements and instructions on "How to Apply".


Shiroshell Dingle
Phone: (718)584-9000x6572
Fax: (718)741-4598
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
James J Peters VA Medical Center Bronx
130 West Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY
10468 Fax: (718)741-4598


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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