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Job Title:Peer Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OE-13-TMH-922549-P2P

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,907.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, July 11, 2013 to Wednesday, September 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0102-06/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

9

DUTY LOCATIONS:

5 vacancies in the following location(s):
Greenville, SC United StatesView Map
Columbia, SC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Veterans who have recovered or are recovering from a mental health condition. * See qualification requirements.

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 922549

This announcement will be open until the position(s) are filled. Beginning July 19, 2013, applications will be reviewed and referred for consideration on a bi-weekly basis. Applicants that have submitted their complete application by 11:59 pm on Fridays will be reviewed for qualifications on the following Monday and referred for consideration until all vacancies are filled. Once all vacancies are filled, the announcement will be canceled.

 

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. 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//.

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. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Restricted to eligible veterans in mental health recovery.
  • Must meet Time-n-Grade requirements
  • Must be certified as a Peer Specialist

DUTIES:

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The Incumbent functions as an interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program. 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. 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 settings.This individual must have the ability to assist others in treatment based on the principles of recovery and resiliency. By inspiring the hope that recovery and resiliency 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. Performs a wide range of 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.

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.

-Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#:  Peer Specialist: PD# 00065-A (GS-6); PD# 00066-A (GS-7);
PD# 00067-A (GS-8); PD# 00068-A (GS-9).
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

 

Time-in-Grade Restrictions - 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.

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

 

The following basic requirements that must be met:

    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 as a Peer Specialist by (a) a non-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for 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 USC 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition.

 

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or may substitute education indicated below.

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 the Federal Service closely related to the work of this position that has given me the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Peer Support Specialist; OR you must have successfully completed six (6) months of graduate education in a degree program directly related to the work of this position. Transcripts (unofficial) are required at time of application; OR you must have successfully completed a one (1) year post-bachelor's degree internship directly related to the work of this position (must be fully documented within your resume).

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal Service closely related to the work of this position that has given me the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Peer Support Specialist; OR you must have successfully completed one (1) year of graduate education in a degree program directly related to the work of this position. Transcripts (unofficial) are required at time of application.

GS-8: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service closely related to the work of this position that has given me the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Peer Support Specialist; OR you must have successfully completed one-and-half(1 1/2) years of graduate education in a degree program directly related to the work of this position. Transcripts (unofficial) are required at time of application.

GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 level in the Federal Service closely related to the work of this position that has given me the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Peer Support Specialist; OR you must have successfully completed two (2) full years of graduate education in a degree program directly related to the work of this position; OR you must have a master's degree. Transcripts (unofficial) are required at time of application.

 

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

  • Ability to assist Veterans with their recovery programs by providing Peer Support.
  • Ability to provide vocational support to Veterans in recovery programs.
  • Skill in using problem solving techniques to troubleshoot or diffuse emergent situations involving individuals diagnosed with mental illness.
  • Skill in effective oral communications.
  • Skill in effective written communications.

 

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

 

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


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.


Physical 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.

 

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) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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.

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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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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 to receive consideration.

1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
verification is needed.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) available at the following Internet address: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf. Applicants who are not current federal civilian 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. Please note: the OF-306 with a revision date of October 2011 is the only acceptable version. Previous editions are obsolete and unusable. You will be rated ineligible if the incorrect version is submitted.
  4. Copy of Peer Support Certification
  5. Copy of unexpired drivers license.
  6. 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. These applicants must submit a DD Form 214 worksheet or statement of service with their application. Failure to provide required Veteran documents will result in an ineligible rating. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
  7. Current federal employees must provide a copy of latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action, indicating title, grade, step and salary.


Please 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.

 

You will not be contacted for additional information.

 

• Please do not mail or e-mail application material. Apply on-line or via fax.
• Special Hiring Authorities: Schedule A and Military Spouse EO 13473--contact HR Specialist for additional application instructions.
• If you require a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact the Chief of Human Resources at 803-776-4000 ext 6520.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 922549.
2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 04, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  You'll note that the questionnaire numbering may not fall into alignment with the 1203FX.  You may have a series of questions and then the numbering starts over with 1.  Continue on the 1203FX as if the numbering continued.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tamika Henderson
Phone: (803)776-4000x4346
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: TAMIKA.HENDERSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Columbia SC VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC
29209 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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Job Announcement Number:

OE-13-TMH-922549-P2P

Control Number:

347332800