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    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?

    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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

    NOTE: This announcement is for Peer Support Apprentices to apply. However, this vacancy will be filled with either a Peer Support Apprentice or a Peer Specialist. If you are interested in the Peer Specialist position, please apply through announcement CBAL-18-PM-10133114.

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    Peer Support Apprentices serve in a developmental capacity and do not receive the full range of assignments performed by Peer Specialists. Peer Support Apprentices are temporary employees and will be appointed on a time-limited (TERM) appointment.

    The Peer Support Apprentice will be assigned to Women's Health or Integrated Primary Care in collaboration with the Whole Health Program. The incumbent will serve in an entry level capacity to attain the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to prepare the individual to be certified as a Peer Support Specialist, and to be able to perform the full range of assignments found at the full-performance level of the Peer Specialist position. As an entry level position, most duties are performed with assistance of a higher level Peer Specialist and/or close supervision of a licensed independent provider. Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Participate in the service, training, consultative and other professional activities of rehabilitation treatment program and functions as a full professional member of the multidisciplinary team, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation/whole-health treatment program;
    • 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, completing whole-health assessments, completing whole-health coaching, 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;
    • Access transportation and driving a government car is required to perform 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;
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    Work schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm, with an alternate weekend schedule possible Tuesday-Saturday 8:00am - 4:30pm.

    Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available
    Telework: Not available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description Title/PD#: Peer Support Apprentice/ 00064A
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Travel with a government vehicle to perform duties of the position is required

    Supervisory status


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490803900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.