Peer Support Apprentice

internship - full time, paid

Department of Veterans Affairs
Sheridan, WY
Closed
Posted 84 Days ago
Department of Veterans Affairs
Sheridan, WY
internship - full time, paid
Posted 84 Days ago
Closed

Description

Job Information Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Peer Support Apprentice in Sheridan, Wyoming Peer Support Apprentice Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Overview * ##### Open & closing dates 05/20/2019 to 06/05/2019 * ##### Service Competitive * ##### Pay scale & grade GS 5 - 9 * ##### Salary $33,949 to $66,868 per year * ##### Appointment type Permanent * ##### Work schedule Full-Time Location 2 vacancies in the following location: - Sheridan, WY Relocation expenses reimbursed No Telework eligible No - Duties Summary This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-09. At the lower 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-09. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The Peer Support Specialist functions as an interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program. Peer Support Specialist perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive tasks that include assisting Veterans 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 Peer Support Specialist own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services.Duties include, but not limited to the following: * Participates in the service, training, consultation, and other professional activities of VA health care services and functions as a fully vested member of the multidisciplinary team; * Serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for effective wellness and holistic recovery-based services that aid Veterans in daily living; * Assists Veterans to articulate personal recovery goals through the use of individual or group meetings; * Observes behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment (e.g., missed assessment appointments, failure to attend or maintain abstinence, risk to self or others, disruptive behavior), completes appropriate documentation, and reports concerns to the treatment team in a timely manner; * Uses ongoing individual and group meetings to teach Veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and overcome fears by providing a forum that allows Veteran to share their experiences; * As necessary, handles crisis interventions for Veterans and addresses other emergent situations without the benefit of specific instructions * Maintains a working knowledge of current trends and developments in holistic approaches in wellness and recovery by reading books, journals, and other relevant materials; * Performs other related duties as assigned. Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 9 * #### Job family (Series) 0102 Social Science Aid and Technician - Requirements 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 a background/security investigation Must meet specialized experience Must meet Time in grade as applicable Travel may be required Resume/CV required Resume: Your resume should include the following information for each job that you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status (include hours worked per week). Transcript may be required Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. Work Schedule: Various schedules Telework schedules: Not Authorized Virtual work schedules: Not authorized FLSA: non-exempt Position Description Title/#: Peer Support BU Status: BU position Relocation / Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized PCS Relocation Expenses: Not authorized Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 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 unless they qualify for a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, VRA or 30% or more disabled. The grade must have been held in the Federal service but may have been in any occupation. Proper documentation must be submitted with your application. 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. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PEER SPECIALISTS: a. Statutory 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 Support Specialist position, a person must:(1) be a Veteran who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; and(2) be certified by -(a) a not-for-profit entity engaged in Peer Support Specialist training as having met such criteriaas the Secretary shall establish for a Peer Support Specialist position; or(b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a Peer Support Specialistposition.(3)If selected (and not currently a Certified Peer Support Specialist), you must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Support Specialist. If you fail to become certified by the prescribed date, will result in removal from this GS-102 occupation and may result in termination of employment.b. 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. Apprentice level GS-5:Candidates must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or may substitute education indicated below 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 OR you must have successfully completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree meets the requirements for GS-5. Transcripts Required Only education that's directly related to the work of the position is creditable. Specialized Experience To qualify above the GS-5: GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 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. At this level, you work from specific instructions for the performance of routine duties and detailed instructions and training in performance of the routine functions. Your work has been closely monitored including having work checked in progress and reviewing completed work for accuracy, adequacy, and adherence to instructions or procedures OR you must have successfully completed six (6) months of graduate education in a degree program directly related to the work of this positions. Transcripts Required OR you must have successfully completed one (1) year of post-bachelor's degree internship directly related to the work of this position (must be fully documented within your resume). GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 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 Peer Support Specialist. At this level, routine work has been completed with minimal supervisory oversight and review, however close supervision will have been provided for complex and unusual tasks 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 Required GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 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. At this level, you work with general instructions for the performance of routine duties and detailed instructions and/or training in performance of the non-routine functions and special assignments. Non-routine/novel work will have been reviewed by spot checking and after completion to evaluate the adequacy of methods, procedures, results, ability to solve new and changing problems, etc.; OR you must have successfully completed one and one half (1.5) years of graduate education in a degree program directly related to the work of the position. Transcripts Required GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 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. At this level work will have been performed with considerable independence and you are responsible for making recommendations to the interdisciplinary treatment team that can be relied on for soundness of judgment and maturity of insight on problem cases. OR, you must have successfully completed two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. Transcripts Required Clinical Data Collection/Documentation, Customer Service, Information Assurance, and Patient Care 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. **The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09 The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-05 to GS-09. Physical Requirements:** See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.The work is primarily sedentary. Typically, the employee sits to do the work. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items (such as books, papers), accessing transportation and/ or driving government vehicle. Work Environment: The work may require occasional use of Department of Veteran's Affairs approved behavioral management techniques with Veterans who present a danger to self or others. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional information * This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. * It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. * VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. * Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. * If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, resume, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. 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. Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Other Drug test required No - Required Documents To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 1. Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, full dates of employment and specific detailed duties performed. (required-all) Please see the How to Apply section at the bottom for helpful resources and training aids for applying to Federal positions. 2. SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held. You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted. (required, if you are Current or prior Federal employee as applicable) 3. A copy of your transcripts that show the degree and date conferred. (highly recommended) 4. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Must be the Member 4 or member 2 copy of the DD-214 that shows Character of Service. (As applicable) 5. Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter AND SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (As applicable) Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility. Please use this checklistto ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). * DD-214 * Disability Rating letter/ Schedule A * Resume * SF-15 * SF-50 * Transcripts Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility. If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: 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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. - Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. - How to Apply All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/05/2019 to receive consideration. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: 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 USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete. HELPFUL HINTS for FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: Getting familiar with the process will help overcome a lot of the anxiety associated with the Federal hiring processes.Here are some resources to get you started in the right direction to Federal employment opportunities as well as some information on Veteran and Schedule A hiring authorities. We hope the following help you in your Federal job search. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XeSxzezvY8 Applying to federal jobs and how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4 Looking for jobs and applying to Fed jobs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-fYgeDJpYI The Federal Employment Process: Resources and Frequently Asked Federal resume and resume builder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GefM8fN7uyA Building resume in USAJOBS with the builder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4GEMu8sa7M Resume tips for Fed employment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQCLhVap-Rc Resume tips for Fed employment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk- Resume tips for Fed employment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpiApnJnQVc Resume writing for federal jobs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gec1nzkyEPY Federal Resume Qualification Notes and Federal Interview Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqYkibnuiJU qualification explanations tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbFayTSI0R0 Federal performance based interview questions Agency contact information Jennifer Stolburg Phone 307-675-3516 Email Jennifer.Stolburg@va.gov Address Sheridan VA Medical Center 1898 Fort Road Sheridan, WY 82801 US Learn more about this agency Next steps Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. It is highly encouraged that you log back in to review your final application after your submission, to ensure all forms are uploaded and complete. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center. - Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/534293100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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