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Job Title:Peer Support Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:WC-13-AIC-879502-P2P

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$36,934.00 to $65,260.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 22, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0102-06/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Veterans and family members with qualifying military service only

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  879502 (Please include on all documents)

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.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

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 BE A VETERAN TO APPLY FOR THIS JOB

DUTIES:

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NOTE:  IF YOU ARE NOT CERTIFIED AS A PEER SPECIALIST, YOU DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION.  

 

 

TOUR OF DUTY:  Mondays through Fridays 7:30/8:00am to 4:00/4:30 pm

 

DUTIES:  This position is located in the Acute Care (Inpatient) Program of the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Services but may also include mental health outpatient programs.  The peer specialist serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery bases services that will aid the veteran in daily living. As such, he/she participates in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation treatment program and functions as full professional member of the multidisciplinary team assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program.  The incumbent performs 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.  Accessing transportation and driving a government car may be required as work is performed in a wide range of settings, including within the Medical Center, Community Based Outpatient Clinics, in community or private family homes; or in transport vehicles. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 I. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-6/9:

    A. Statutory Requirements.  Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 USC 7402(b)(13), established that to be eligible to receive appointment as 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 peer specialist positions; 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 USC 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition.

 

 II. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR PEER SPECIALISTS, GS-102-6/9:

In addition to meeting 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.

GS-6:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in Federal Service is required.

GS-7:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in Federal Service is required.

GS-8:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in Federal Service is required.

GS-9:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level in Federal Service is required.

   

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (If qualifying based on education, applicant must submit copy of transcripts):  Graduate education or a post-bachelor's degree internship meets the specialized experience requirement only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.

GS-6:  Six (6) months of graduate education or 1 year post-bachelor's degree internship meets the specialized experience requirement.

GS-7:  One (1) full year of graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement.

GS-8:  One-and-half (1 1/2) years of graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement.

GS-9:  Two (2) full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the specialized experience requirement.

 

III.   Time-In-Grade Requirements: Applicants who have served in a General Scheule (GS) position within the preceding year are subject to time-in-grade restrictions as follows

GS-6:  Must have completed at least 52 weeks of Federal Service in a position at the GS-5 level.

GS-7:  Must have completed at least 52 weeks of Federal Service in a position at the GS-6 level.  

GS-8:  Must have completed at least 52 weeks of Federal Service in a position at the GS-7 level.

GS-9:  Must have completed at least 52 weeks of Federal Service in a position at the GS-8 level.

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix F3, dated July 17, 2012. You may access this standard through the internet at the following address:   http://vaww.appc1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-23.doc

 

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


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. ***

Veterans Preference:  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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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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, 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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 90 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 10, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

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.

 

YOU MUST ALSO PROVIDE DOCUMENTS INDICATED IN "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" SECTION, BELOW HIGHLIGHTED IN PINK.

 

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.

 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 879502.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.  Résumé
2.  Responses to the questionnaire. 

3.  Copy of Peer Specialist Certification.
4.  Copy of unofficial school transcripts if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts MUST indicate DEGREE AWARDED and DATE DEGREE WAS AWARDED.

5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

6. All copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  

7. If currently/formerly employed in the Federal government system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

  

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Miami VA HR Help Desk
Phone: (305)575-7000x3155
Email: VHAMIAHRHELPDESK@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Miami HCS
Human Resources Management Service
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL
33125

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

WC-13-AIC-879502-P2P

Control Number:

342182000