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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.

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    This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-09. At the GS-6/7/8 grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-9. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

    Assigned to Women's Health or Primary Care in collaboration with the Whole Health Program, the peer specialist serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery bases serves that will aid the veteran in daily living. 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 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, conducting whole-health assessments and 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 Specialist/ 00065A, 00066A, 00067A, 00068A
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

    NOTE: This announcement is for Peer Specialists to apply. However, this vacancy will be filled with either a Peer Support Apprentice or a Peer Specialist. If you are interested in a Peer Support Apprentice position, please apply through announcement CBAL-18-PM-10131222.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Veterans - restricted to eligible Veterans in mental health recovery

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/490808200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.