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Peer Specialist Peer Support Apprentice Job in WHITE CITY, OR

Peer Specialist Peer Support Apprentice Job in WHITE CITY, OR

Vacancy No. VI-17-T5-2003735-RKn-BU Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $32,844.00 to $64,697.00 Grade 05 to 09
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 8/29/2017 Close Date 10/10/2017
Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    2017-08-29 to 2017-10-10

  • Salary

    $32,844 to $64,697 / per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 05 - 09

  • Series

    0102 Social Science Aid and Technician

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Full Time

  • Job announcement number


  • Control number



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Job Overview

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 2003735

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 on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

Eligible/Qualified applicants will be referred for consideration on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday through the course of this announcement until the announcement closes.

White City is located in the heart of the Rogue Valley, just a quick drive from the cities of Medford and Ashland.  With sunny weather on most days, mild winters, and access to rivers and mountains, the Rogue Valley is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Locals enjoy hiking, running, fishing, biking, boating, skiing and rock climbing. The Rogue Valley is a burgeoning wine region with dozens of wineries. Other local attractions include the Ashland Shakespeare Festival and Crater Lake National Park. A single tank of gas will get you to the Redwood National Forest, Oregon Coast, San Francisco, and Portland.

The VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC) is located in White City, OR and serves over 40,000 veterans from Southern Oregon and Northern California. The facility offers extensive outpatient services, including primary care, Behavioral Health Integrated Program (BHIP), Opioid Use Disorder Medication Assisted Treatment, and specialty-care mental health services.  The facility is also home to a 260-bed Mental Health Rehabilitation and Residential Treatment Program (MHRRTP) serving veterans with co-occurring mental illness and substance-use disorders.



  • Current, Permanent Federal Employees;
  • Interchange Agreement Eligible;
  • Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;
  • 30% or more compensable disabled veteran;
  • Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA);
  • Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA);
  • Schedule A

The VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC) in White City, OR is seeking Peer Specialists and Peer Support Apprentices for our various rehabilitation programs. Peer Specialists function as interdisciplinary team members, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel in a rehabilitation treatment program.  Peer Specialists 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, 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.  Peer Specialists will assist others diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring disorders to achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.  Under professional supervision, Peer Specialists perform such duties as: 

  • interviewing patients to develop information for recovery plans;
  • orienting patients to the program;
  • observing patients for symptoms, actions, reactions, indications, and contraindications to treatment;
  • assisting in individual or group support sessions or in behavioral therapy sessions by providing supportive assistance to Veteran patients;
  • leading patient discussion groups;
  • providing individual guidance to patients;
  • providing liaison with other agencies or facilities concerned with Veteran recovery; and

Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program

The Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program supports the facility mission of providing quality residential treatment in the areas of addictions, vocational rehabilitation, homelessness, physical rehabilitation, psychiatry and medical care. The above services are delivered over an extended period of time by an interdisciplinary treatment panel. The function of the Residential Care Program is to provide both administrative and clinical support to the sections multidisciplinary team. Residential Care Program manages the living sections of residents within the facility, and is responsible for maintaining a therapeutic environment.

Outpatient Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program

The Outpatient Behavioral Health interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Clinic provides general mental health services including medication management, evidence-based individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy (wellness, CBT, anger management, WRAP, and STAIR), medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. The patient population served by the Outpatient BHIP Clinic includes veterans with diagnoses of: post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders including withdrawal, military sexual trauma, and traumatic brain injury.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center

The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) program provides comprehensive and intensive services to the seriously mentally ill (SMI) Veteran population and their families. The PRRC is based on the recovery model and is designed around the principles of flexibility, choice and self-determination. The Peer Support Specialist will work with Veteran's in regard to helping them achieve their recovery goals within the context of the PRRC clinic.

Homeless Programs

Peer specialists in the Homeless Programs (including HUD-VASH, GPD, VJO and HCHV) are a vital member of a multidisciplinary team focused on helping Veterans obtain and maintain stable housing.  Peers perform a variety of therapeutic and supportive task that include assisting Veterans in articulating 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 specialist's own recovery experience, and supporting them in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services.   Peer specialists working with Veterans experiencing homelessness are tasked with walking alongside the Veteran and supporting the Veteran to achieve their own recovery goals by promoting Veterans self-determination.  Peers empower Veterans they work with to regain independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am- 4:30pm

Position Description Title/#: Peer Specialist GS-09 00068A; GS-08 00067A; GS-07 00066A; GS-06 00065A; Peer Support Apprentice GS-05 00064A

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel in the community may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements
Additional Information
How to Apply
Required Documents

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Robert Knudsen
Phone: (541)826-2111x3229


VHA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Cntr and Clinic
Department of Veteran Affairs
Human Resources
White City

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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