The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The opening is for a Peer Specialist in Menlo Park, California Feel free to browse this and any other job listings and reach out to us with any questions!
Peer Specialist – Menlo Park, California
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 61156Start Date: 03/06/2019End Date: 03/26/2019
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/26/2019 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-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-8. 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. This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to – and essential for – satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position are:
Have spent a minimum of 1 year in recovery from a mental health condition.
Must possess a Peer Support certification
Must possess a current/valid Drivers License Basic Requirement: 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 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 specialist training as having met such criteria as the Secretary shall establish for a peer specialist position; or(b) a State as having satisfied relevant State requirements for a peer specialist position.b. Length of Experience as a Consumer of Mental Health Recovery Services. Veterans eligible under 38 U.S.C. 747402(b)(13) must have spent a minimum of 1 year in personal recovery from a mental health condition. In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, the applicant must also possess: Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-8 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Specialized experience is progressively responsible, post-personal mental heath recovery experience as a mentor providing counseling to support to peers in mental health and/or addiction recovery. Experience in recovery advocacy directly involved with consumers of mental health services. Experience in psychiatric therapy aide, or equivalent work involving in-person communication to support to others in mental health recovery. Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-9 level. For education to qualify, applicants must possess a masters or equivalent graduate degree OR have completed 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree in a major field of study which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. GS-9 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 18 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-9. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Analytical ThinkingClinical Data Collection/DocumentationCommunicationsCustomer ServiceDrive Safely 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.
If you’d like to submit a resume or apply for this position, please contact Premier Veterans at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are free to apply!