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Job Title:Peer Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-626-13-875376-DSO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 12, 2013 to Monday, June 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0102-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

12 vacancies in the following location(s):
Chattanooga, TN United StatesView Map
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map
Murfreesboro, TN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Must be a Veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   875376 

 

CLOSING DATE AMENDED TO READ:  June 3, 2013

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Applications will be accepted from Veterans who have recovered or are recovering from a mental health condition.  PLEASE NOTE - THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 

PLEASE READ THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (SEE CHECKLIST) ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE.

 

FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATON PACKAGE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION

APPLICANTS MUST MEET ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AS STATED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CLOSING DATE TO RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION.

  

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

Murfreesboro offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities.  Murfreesboro is home to several historical landmarks including Cannonsburgh Village and Stones River National Battle Field.  It is also located close to Nashville, better known as 'Music City USA,' the capital of Tennessee, and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams.  Tennessee does not have a state income tax.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You must meet time-in-grade restrictions by closing date of announcement

DUTIES:

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This position is located within the Mental Health Care Line of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. 

Peer Specialists perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting their peers 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 specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services. The incumbent works with veterans to develop and implement a personal recovery plan. Components often include support groups and individual therapy, basic health care maintenance, stable housing, improvements to family life and personal relationships as well as community connections.

Duties may include, but not limited to:

· Teaches and role models the value of every individual's recovery experience.

· Assists the veteran in exploring options for affordable housing.

· Assists the veteran in obtaining services that suit the individual's recovery needs.

· Informs veterans about community and mutual supports and how to use them in the recovery process.

· Assists veterans in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. This will be accomplished through regular meetings, individual or group sessions through the use of role playing/modeling techniques.

· Serves as liaison with community based organizations to develop and/or foster veterans' community integration and development of natural supports and self-reliance strategies.

· Provides support of veterans' vocational choices and assists them in choosing a job that matches their strengths. Assists in the job application and interview process.

· Assists veteran in building social skills to increase integration into communities of their choice, to aid in establishing and maintaining supportive personal relationships, and to increase the likelihood of obtaining and maintaining satisfying employment.

 

Work Schedule:  Based on the needs of the service.

 

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-7/9:

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) be certified by -

(a) 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

(b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position.

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.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-7/9: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is progressively responsible, post-personal mental health recovery experience as a mentor providing counseling to support peers in mental health and/or addiction recovery, a recovery advocate directly involved with consumers of mental health services, a psychiatric therapy aide, or equivalent work involving in-person communication to support others in mental health recovery.

 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-7/9: Graduate education or a post-bachelor’s degree internship meets the specialized experience required for GS-7/9 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. Six  One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. One and one/half years of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-8. Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-9. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

 

NOTE: In recruiting and examining for these positions, participation in community, social service, and similar volunteer activities that meets the definition of specialized experience is creditable applicant experience.

 

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.)

 

Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting and training rooms, or libraries.  The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In addition to meeting minimum qualification requirements, as described in your resume, all applicants should show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAs by describing your experience, training, and education and including examples that clearly demonstrates them in your resume.  You will be rated on the KSAs based on your application for this position.

1. Intensive knowledge and ability to apply common therapeutic practices commonly taught in formal peer support training certification programs.

2. Basic knowledge of psychological principles, methods and theories and comprehensive knowledge of signs and symptoms of mental illness and understanding of common psychiatric disorders.

3. Ability to apply a professional knowledge of counseling, including counseling related to crisis situations, short term, in-depth counseling and group counseling.

4. Ability to teach and role model personal recovery activities and to assist veterans in obtaining VA and community resources appropriate to their circumstances.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

 

If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.


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.)  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.

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. 
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

 

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

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 before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Placement Policy:  The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 03, 2013.

 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.   Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 875376.  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.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

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 your DD214(s) Member 4 copy, and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows all dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation.

 

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Résumé.
  • Questionnaire.
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) (Oct 2011 Version must be submitted - Previous editions obsolete and unusable) (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit this form).  Applicants who are not current TVHS employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted.  Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.
  • A legible copy of your DD214(s) Member 4 copy, and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows all dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation.
  • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (IF YOU ARE A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE you must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, it must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, current pay, and type of service ) Competitive or Excepted)).

  • Copy of your transcript when using education to qualify.
  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist). 
  • Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Pamela Hays
Phone: (615)225-3726
Email: PAMELA.HAYS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN
37129

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a review of your application package is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official by electronic notification letters or e-mails.  If an e-mail address is not provided, you will receive notifications via your Application Manager Account. 


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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-626-13-875376-DSO

Control Number:

341716200