- U.S. citizenship.
- Actively pursue becoming certified as a Peer Specialist (38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13)(B)
- A Veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition
- Certified by (i) a not-for-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for a peer specialist position; or (ii) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: One year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level GS-6.
The standard describes the GS-7 level as performing the full range of services involved in establishing eligibility for assistance. They make initial and continuing eligibility determinations in all types of cases and authorized grants to those who are eligible.
The standard describes for the GS-8 social services representatives working with considerable independence in providing assistance and service in a wide range of cases. Assignments may include cases of individuals and families who are facing serious and complicated problems of deprivation.
The standard describes the assignment of social service representative at the GS-8 level are based on recognition of demonstrated superior skills and proven sound judgment in working with serious and complicated assistance problems that do not require professional casework.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 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 and accessing transportation and/or driving a Government vehicle. The work requires patience and control emotions. The work may require occasional use of appropriate techniques to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others.
You will be rated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position:
KSA 1 - Ability to establish and maintain effective person-to-person relationships.
KSA 2 - Skill in oral and written communication.
KSA 3 - Ability to inspire confidence and motivate individuals and capacity for leadership.
KSA 4 - Knowledge and skill sufficient to use community resources necessary for independent living and ability to teach those skills to other individuals.
KSA 5 - Knowledge of and ability to use effective communications skills to teach and engage in problem solving and conflict resolution strategies to support individual Veterans in self-directed recovery.
KSA 6 - Knowledge of crisis-oriented counseling, including methods for effective trigger and the standards for handling violent or suicidal patients safely.
KSA 7 - Knowledge of the Recovery process and ability to facilitate Recovery Dialogues using common recovery tools.
KSA 8 - Knowledge of basic group dynamics and how to establish and sustain self-help (mutual support) and educational groups by soliciting input from mental health consumers on their strengths and interests.
KSA 9 - Knowledge of Management and Preventive of Disruptive Behavior techniques.
KSA 10 - Awareness of eligibility requirements for patient services relevant to the behavioral health program.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : Input applicable reference and links. For example: VA Handbook 5005/59, Part II, Appendix F3, Peer Support Apprentice/Peer Specialist QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated July 17, 2012 at
http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Direct_hand.htm or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
Public Law 110-387, Section 405 modifies 38 USC 7402: Peer Specialist - To be eligible to be appointed to a peer specialist position, a person must (A) be a Veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; and (B) be certified by (i) a not-for-profit entity engaged in peer specialist position; or (ii) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.