Department Of Veterans Affairs Mobile , AL 36604
The Peer Specialist functions as an interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a treatment program. Peer Specialists perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include but are not limited to serving as a role model; assisting peers in articulating their goals for recovery, to supporting their peers in advocating for themselves. The incumbent assists peers of all ages, in regaining independence within the community.
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Utilizing his/her personal recovery experience, the incumbent will:
Teach and role model the value of every individual's recovery experience.
Assist the Veteran in exploring options in obtaining decent, affordable housing.
Assist in obtaining service that suit the individual's recovery needs.
Informing Veterans on community and mutual recovery support and how to use the support.
Assist Veterans in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy.
Serves as the liaison with community-based consumer-run and/or consumer-supportive organizations to develop and/or foster Veteran integration
Provide support of Veterans' vocational choices and assisting them in job matching.
Assist Veterans in building social skills in the community
Work Schedule: Monday
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Peer Specialist / #520-00068-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
0102 Social Science Aid and Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
You must possess a current active driver license
You must be certified as a Recovery Peer Specialist
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/09/2018.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: 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 by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 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. OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have two full years of graduate education or a master's degree.
Additional basic requirements: Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13), established that to be eligible to receive appointment to a Peer Specialist position, a person must: (A) be a veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; NOTE: Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services: Veterans eligible under 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition, AND (B) be certified by - (i) a not-for-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for a peer specialist position; or (ii) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position.
A copy of your certification (Recovery Peer Specialist Certification) must be uploaded with your application.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Veteran and Customer Focus
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
The work is primarily sedentary. Typically the employee will sit to do work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, assessing transportation, and/or driving a government vehicle - must possess a current active driver license. The work requires patience and control of emotions. The work may require occasional use of appropriate techniques to physically restrain clients who present a danger to self or others.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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.