Job Overview


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1039678

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.  

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. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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

Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans’ personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS11 to GS13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) is located in the Mental Health Care Line and serves to assist in implementation of policies and procedures from the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC) and to facilitate implementation of recovery oriented services in Mental Health programs, which includes education of providers and veterans and their families on recovery and evaluation of implementation efforts.   The LRC functions as a champion and advocate for the recovery model. LRC also serves as a recovery ombudsman to the MH Service Line Manager, program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery oriented services.

In conjunction with the Mental Service Line Manager, the LRC develops a 3-5 year plan for the facility that identifies staged implementation of recovery oriented services (e.g., use of recovery plans). LRC is responsible for coordinating the evaluation of recovery implementation at the facility and reporting results to the NRC. With guidance from the NRC, the LRC will implement measures to assess recovery policy and procedure adherence, as well as assess the extent that the recovery model is embodied in the MH programs. 

The LRC provides day to day supervision of Peer Specialists and assigns them tasks.  Provides input regarding performance appraisals and other personnel actions.

The LRC develops a facility recovery education plan for providers and veterans and their families.   He/she serves as consultant to MH programs and recovering veterans in development of peer support groups, consumer counseling, and consumer operated services, as per local needs and resources. When available, community resources should be utilized.

The Local Recovery Coordinator:

·    Advises MH Service Line Manager on filling peer specialist positions.

·    Assists with VA regional or local recovery oriented trainings, meetings, or conferences as needed.

·    Serves as a MH Liaison to the facility Consumer Council.

·    Provides an annual report on implementation progress to the VISN RC and the NRC; other reports will also be prepared as requested.

·    Meets quarterly via conference call with other VISN LRCs to coordinate a network response to recovery implementation and implementation of CO policies and procedures related to recovery.

·    Participates in facility MH leadership meetings and policy planning groups.         

LRCs are also expected to spend a percentage of their time (but no more than 25%) engaged in direct clinical services providing recovery oriented care to seriously mentally ill veterans.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No