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Job Title: Peer Support Apprentice
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Des Moines, IA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Administrative and Support Services, Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Peer Support Apprentice

This position is located at the Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC) in downtown Des Moines working with Veterans who are homeless and receiving services. This peer support specialist will be primarily working with Veterans in the CRRC Day Room.

The entry level Peer Support Apprentice position does not provide any known promotion potential, but does allow uncertified, but otherwise qualified veterans to receive training for becoming certified and thus fully qualified for future non-time limited Peer Specialist opportunities. Peer support apprentices serve in a developmental capacity and do not receive the full range of assignments performed by Peer Specialist positions.

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-9. At the GS-5 grade level, 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.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Orients Veterans new to the program about services, staff, programming and the role of the Peer Support in the recovery process.
  • Assists Veteran to articulate personal goals for recovery through use of one-to-one and group interactions/sessions.
  • Assists Veterans in determining steps he/she needs to take in order to achieve their identified goals and aids in their self-directed recovery process
  • Teaches Veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to overcome fears by providing outlets for the sharing of experiences in recovery.
  • Teaches and models the value of every Veteran's individual recovery experience.
  • Assists Veterans to develop empowerment skills and to combat stigma through self-advocacy.
  • Works with Veterans to develop a personal recovery plan.
  • Works with Veterans to develop aftercare/continuing care plans that are also patient centered and includes personal, community and peers supports.
  • Observes behaviors that could indicate difficulty in adapting to treatment or might be a risk to self/others and reports concerns to appropriate clinical staff for the care and safety of the Veteran.
Work Schedule: M-F, 7:30am- 4:00pm
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Peer Support Apprentice/0064-A

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement 10/1/2018.
Statutory Requirements

  • Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 USC 7402(b)(13), established that to be eligible to receive appointment as a Peer Specialist position, a person must: (1) be a veteran* who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; (2) (GS-6 and higher) be certified as a Peer Specialist by (a) a non-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for peer specialist position; OR (b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position. NOTE: Applicant's hired as Peer Support Apprentices at the GS-5 level will be required to be certified within a prescribed time period. Failure to do so may result in termination.
  • Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services. Veterans eligible under 38 USC 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a Veteran of the United Stated Armed Forces.
  • Must have recovered from, or in the process of recovering from, a mental health condition.
  • Must have spent a minimum of 1 year in recovery from a mental health condition.
(Note: Please just submit a copy of your DD214- Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.)

PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICES GS-5: Peer Support Apprentices must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Specialist. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the Peer Support Apprentice with the written requirements for becoming certified, the date by which he or she must become certified, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to do so may result in termination.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

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.

There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Physical Requirements: The applicant must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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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.

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement 10/1/2018.
Statutory Requirements

  • Section 405 of Public Law 110-387, as codified in 38 USC 7402(b)(13), established that to be eligible to receive appointment as a Peer Specialist position, a person must: (1) be a veteran* who has recovered or is recovering from a mental health condition; (2) (GS-6 and higher) be certified as a Peer Specialist by (a) a non-profit entity engaged in peer specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for peer specialist position; OR (b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position. NOTE: Applicant's hired as Peer Support Apprentices at the GS-5 level will be required to be certified within a prescribed time period. Failure to do so may result in termination.
  • Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services. Veterans eligible under 38 USC 7402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a Veteran of the United Stated Armed Forces.
  • Must have recovered from, or in the process of recovering from, a mental health condition.
  • Must have spent a minimum of 1 year in recovery from a mental health condition.
(Note: Please just submit a copy of your DD214- Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.)

PEER SUPPORT APPRENTICES GS-5: Peer Support Apprentices must actively pursue becoming certified as required to serve as a Peer Specialist. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the Peer Support Apprentice with the written requirements for becoming certified, the date by which he or she must become certified, and the consequences for not becoming certified by the deadline. Failure to do so may result in termination.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

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.

There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Physical Requirements: The applicant must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others.
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