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Iris Place Peer Run Respite - Peer Companion Sub [Two shifts available] (WI) Posted 2/3/2017
CPS (Certified Peer Specialist) Program Director The Transformation Center
(MA) - Posted 1/11/2017
Executive Director - The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) (OH) Posted 1/3/2017
Program Manager for the David Romprey Oregon Warmline (OR) Posted 10/24/16
Executive Director - PEERS (CA) Posted 12/16/2016
Program Manager for the David Romprey Oregon Warmline (OR) Posted 10/24/16
Research Assistant - Live & Learn, Inc. [contract/part-time] (Remote) Posted 10/14/2016
Peer Advocate (two positions) - Vermont Psychiatric Survivors (VT) Posted 10/6/2016
MHSAS Program Specialist - Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (TN) Posted 9/19/2016
Clinical Social Worker - Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center [PRRC] (MA) Posted 9/6/2016

Iris Place Peer Run Respite - Peer Companion Sub [Two shifts available] (WI)

Posted 2/3/20177

NAMI Fox Valley develops and offers education, support, outreach and advocacy programs to members of our community who are affected by mental illness. The mission of our Iris Place Peer Run Respite program is to provide a safe and welcoming environment with an opportunity for individuals experiencing emotional distress or crisis to grow and change through the support of others with lived experience. Iris Place is run by and for individuals who identify with lived experience with mental health challenges and/or substance abuse. The five-bedroom facility offers a short-term (up to 7-night) stay for guests and provides 24/7 peer support, resources and linkages to community, and improvement of outcomes and quality of life for guests.

Iris Place is values based, and there is an expectation that staff, volunteers and guests will hold the values of the space. Peer Companions are expected to fully understand and uphold the values of Iris Place. 

Our Values:

  • We believe that healing happens in relationships.
  • We believe in hope and that recovery is possible for everyone.
  • We believe in respect for self and others.
  • We believe in creating a space that is welcome and healing.

Primary Responsibility and Accountability
Peer Companion Subs fill shifts to relieve our full time Peer Companions. Peer Companion Subs have the same support duties as full time Peer Companions, providing peer support to guests and callers through sharing of their own lived experience with mental health challenges and/or substance abuse. Peer Companion Subs will be responsible for supporting peers with crisis prevention and diversion from hospitalization, ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for guests and those who call by phone, providing one-on-one and group peer support, complying with all policies and procedures, providing linkages to community resources and utilizing their lived experience to support the needs and wants of guests and callers.
Major Position Functions
The Peer Companion Subs will also be responsible for the following:

  • Being knowledgeable about the various programs and services offered by NAMI Fox Valley, as well as other peer-based programs and services in the community.
  • Utilizing active listening skills to assist peers in accessing and connecting with community resources and working toward their Wellness Vision and goals/wants/needs for their stay.
  • Following and maintaining the values of Iris Place as well as policies and procedures.
  • Maintaining accurate records of activities, including outcomes data. 

Shift Coverage - (Two shifts available)

The first position will be responsible for covering four weekly 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. shifts for 4 to 6 weeks followed by ongoing coverage of at least two peer companion shifts, one staff meeting, and one meeting with supervisor per month, as well as additional shift coverage as it arises.

The second position will be responsible for covering four weekly 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. shifts for 4 to 6 weeks followed by ongoing coverage of at least two peer companion shifts, one staff meeting, and one meeting with supervisor per month, as well as additional shift coverage as it arises.


  • Identify with lived experience with mental health challenges and/or substance abuse and be willing to utilize their lived experience in peer support.
  • Positive philosophy toward wellness and recovery and demonstrated ability to approach and support individuals through intentional listening, compassion and understanding/knowledge of the mental health system and community resources.
  • Ability to work effectively and handle multiple concurrent tasks and projects with minimal supervision.
  • Possess excellent customer service skills. Be able to professionally present self and maintain positive relationships through both internal and external communication.
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior, cultural awareness and ability to build trust and rapport in all activities involving individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess basic computer skills including word processing, data entry and e-mail/Internet.

Preferred (not required) Peer Support Experience

  • Peer Specialist Certification
  • Recovery Coach Training Certificate
  • Emotional CPR
  • Intentional Peer Support
  • Mental health or substance use recovery support group facilitation
  • Alternative Support / Healthy Living Trainers

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We are expecting to conduct interviews starting the week of February 13th, 2017

For more info about NAMI Fox Valley and the Iris Place Peer Respite program please visit: www.namifoxvalley.org

Peer Companion Sub applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to:

Jesse Heffernan, Iris Place Director
NAMI Fox Valley
Attn: Jesse Heffernan
211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton, WI 54911

NAMI Fox Valley is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions at NAMI Fox Valley are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, family or parental status. NAMI Fox Valley values diversity and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.


CPS (Certified Peer Specialist) Program Director The Transformation Center (MA)

Posted 1/11/2017

The Transformation Center is hiring!

We are seeking a dynamic leader to guide our Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) training team. As a leader in building recovery-focused peer support, the CPS Training Program Director must have substantial experience giving and receiving peer-to-peer support. The CPS Training Program Director leads all aspects of the training team. 

CPS (Certified Peer Specialist) Program Director The Transformation Center Roxbury, MA Full-time (PDF)

Click to view Numerous Job Openings in and around Massachusetts that require (or prefer) candidates who share a similar lived experience with people they work with, including challenges related to mental health, substance use and/or trauma recovery.


Executive Director - The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) (OH)

Posted 1/3/2017

The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to growing the peer support movement worldwide. Founded in 2004 by a group of avid peer specialists in the state of Michigan, the organization has grown with members from every state, and includes members from several countries outside the U.S. In 2016, the organization held its 10th annual national conference.

Mission - Our mission is to grow the peer support services profession by promoting the inclusion of peer supporters throughout mental and behavioral health systems worldwide.

Position Description - The International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) is seeking a dynamic leader to continue to grow the organization to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving peer support workforce. As a leader in building recovery-focused peer support relationships, the Executive Director must have substantial work experience with giving and receiving peer support as well as work experience in non-profit leadership.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate an environment of hope, strengths, and mutual respect reflecting the core values of peer support.
  • Work with the Board of Directors and membership to develop a strategic plan based on both the current and projected needs of the peer support workforce.
  • Create or revise a business plan and budget based on the strategic plan, as part of the organizational planning and development.
  • Identify potential sources of funding, and work with fundraisers and other innovators to finance priority goals to fulfill strategic and organizational plans.
  • Ensure the bylaws, policies, and procedures align with the core values of peer support and are followed in accordance with the spirit of those values; take a leadership role in the revision or development of future values-based organizational policies.
  • Stay informed about and contribute to relevant research by writing, co-authoring, and suggesting studies, articles, and white papers that increase the visibility of peer support.
  • Speak at state and national conferences and related venues that raise awareness of the benefits of peer support and iNAPS membership.
  • Invite partnerships with key stakeholders in states and countries where peer
  • support is currently practiced; give technical assistance to stakeholders in
  • regions where peer support services are just getting started.  
  • Coordinate training and consultation with multiple stakeholders to support and strengthen the growing peer support workforce.
  • Develop the plan and budget for an Annual Conference and/or Regional Gatherings in partnership with the Board and conference committee.
  • Work closely with the Treasurer and development/finance committee(s) to ensure the fiscal health of the organization.
  • Serve as staff to the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director will hire and supervise staff and/or work with volunteers, as needed, to achieve strategic and organizational priority goals, such as:

  • Recruiting new and returning members, board members, and organizational supporters;
  • Marketing and promoting the benefits of iNAPS membership to a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Producing and distributing the newsletter, website content, webinars, announcements, and other regular deliverables for members and other key stakeholders;
  • Coordinating and staffing the Annual Conference and/or Regional Gathering(s);
  • Creating new deliverables, based on identified needs of the peer workforce, to raise revenue for the organization;
  • Working with individuals and foundations to secure charitable donations;
  • Identifying grant opportunities and preparing, submitting, and following up on grant proposals, and
  • Working on priority tasks as identified by the Board and/or in the strategic plan.


The Executive Director must first have an authentic “lived experience” of giving and receiving peer support and be willing to publicly share (in national and international forums) the ways in which peer support has had a positive impact in the Director’s own life, the lives of peer and non-peer colleagues, and those whom the Director has supported as a peer.

Preferred work experience includes management or supervision of peer support services in behavioral health, general health care, welfare and social services, faith-based initiatives, and/or justice involvement. Qualifications should reflect working knowledge of recovery planning and education, supported housing, supported employment, supported education, consumer-operated services or peer-run programs, and the range of programs for veterans, those who are homeless, and those who are involved in the courts or criminal justice system.

The candidate should have a minimum of 3-5 years of leadership experience in a non-profit environment, particularly the integration of peers in multiple systems and settings, demonstrate strong computer skills, and success in strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, staff/volunteer/consultant management, and working with multiple stakeholders to meet strategic goals. International experience is strongly preferred.

The position is funded from March through December 2017. Part-time applicants may be considered. The position requires expertise in fundraising and demonstrated ability to manage groups of volunteers and projects. A promotion and increase in salary / benefits in 2018 will be contingent upon the successful execution of the strategic plan and achieving budgeted revenue.

Send cover letter and resume, including references, to:

iNAPS Executive Committee
info@naops.org / inaps4peers@gmail.com

Deadline: January 15, 2017


Executive Director - PEERS (CA)

Posted 12/16/2016


PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. Our mission is to promote innovative peer-based wellness strategies. We create culturally-rich, community-based mental health programs that honor diverse experiences and eliminate stigma and discrimination.


We envision a world where people can freely choose among many mental health options that address the needs of the whole person. We see a future where people with mental health experiences are valued for their essential contributions to society.


The ideal person for this job has a passion for eliminating stigma and discrimination towards people who have mental health experiences, diagnoses, and/or challenges. This individual will have worked at an executive level and understands the nuances necessary to effectively operate a thriving small organization with approximately 18 staff and contractors while also holding a vision for growth. This person should love working with people and within a team setting. This person should also have successful experience in fundraising and resource development, as well as board and staff development.


The Executive Director is responsible for the professional leadership and management of PEERS. The Executive Director, working closely with the board, staff, volunteers, and mental health community, will move PEERS forward in the development and implementation of internal and external goals that reflect the organization’s mission, vision, and business plan. The Executive Director provides overall leadership for strategy, organizational development, program and campaign implementation, financial oversight, and fundraising. The Executive Director ensures fiscal accountability and sustainability; recruits, manages, inspires, and empowers a strong staff team; develops and implements appropriate human resources policies and procedures; ensures operations support for programs and services; and represents PEERS in the mental health community, before public agencies and legislative bodies, and the community at large.


  • Experience as a mental health consumer and/or family member is at the core of our mission and vision. We are seeking someone who understands that we are a peer-run and operated organization that honors lived experience as an expertise in the field of mental health.
  • Commitment to PEERS’ mission and vision.
  • At least five (5) years experiences as a successful executive leader in the non-profit, public, and/or philanthropic sector.
  • Experience with fund development, budgeting, fiscal accountability, and business management.
    Experience in developing strong relationships with foundation, corporate, and government funders as well as success in cultivating individual donors.
  • Experience in working with and developing an effective board of directors.
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, encourage teamwork and collaboration, and to inspire and motivate staff and other stakeholders.
  • Proven success in holding a creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic approach to program development, management, and evaluation.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and conflict management skills.
  • Exceptional public speaking, presenting, and group facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse teams and populations.
  • Advocacy experience in legislative and other policymaking arenas.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and manage tight deadlines and expectations.
    Absolute commitment to confidentiality and discretion.
  • Computer literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Certified as an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator or willingness to be certified desired.
  • Training in crisis intervention highly desired, including eCPR certification.


  • Program headquarters is a standard office setting on the second floor of a multi-story building, requiring use of an elevator for access.
  • Environment with diverse populations internally and externally, with community members routinely coming in for workshops or trainings.
  • Innovative organization founded and run by people with lived-experience with mental health, wellness and struggles, and special messages, with strong ties to the community.
  • Periodic lifting up to 15 pounds is required.
  • Business operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, with some weekends and evenings.

Application Instructions:

For interview consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter, including your responses to the questions below. You may e-mail your application to the Hiring Committee at HR2@peersnet.org; or mail it to PEERS at 333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 250, Oakland, CA 94621. Attn: Hiring Committee.

Please include responses to the following questions in your cover letter:

  1. How will your specific skill set, talents, and/or experiences contribute to the successful operation of PEERS, a peer-run mental health organization?
  2. Do you have particular strengths in planning fundraising campaigns, developing relationships with funders and other provider agencies in the sector in which you have been working, staff development, communications, and/or directing organizational strategy? Please provide examples.

This position will remain open until January 13, 2017, with interviews beginning on a rolling basis as applicants respond. Salary is between $80,000 – 90,000, depending on experience and overall skill set. Please do not hesitate to inquire further about salary within the interview process. We offer full medical benefits to employees, 401k after one year, and generous sick/vacation paid time off.

PEERS is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work serving underrepresented communities, and we encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. People of color, women, transgender people, LGBQI people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Program Manager for the David Romprey Oregon Warmline (OR)

Posted 10/24/2016

Community Counseling Solutions (CCS) has a full time salaried position open for a Program Manager for the David Romprey Oregon Warmline.  The qualified individual will fill a key position in CCS’s administrative structure.  They will need to be able to carry out the mission, philosophy and quality services that CCS delivers, be a dynamic team player, possess strong analytic skills, have demonstrated excellence in finance and management, be mature, proactive and positive, an effective communicator, and adhere to a high standard of professionalism and ethical behavior. 

CCS is a 501(c)(3) corporation that provides an array of  diverse and dynamic social services, including: outpatient, residential and inpatient mental health treatment, public health and primary care, outpatient alcohol and drug treatment, developmental disability services, senior programs, rental assistance,  prevention, and peer support services.  We employ 140+ individuals. The majority of services are provided in one or more of the counties of Morrow, Wheeler, Grant, and Gilliam Counties, with a few programs, including the Warmline, serving larger regions. 

Qualified applicants must possess a high school diploma (bachelor’s degree a plus), a minimum of 3 years exp working with individuals who have addiction or mental health issues, a minimum of 2 years exp in peer led services, and currently hold a Certification of Intentional Peer Support (IPS) or have the ability to obtain one within 90 days of employment. Individual is responsible for the day to day oversight of the David Romprey Warmline including coordination of all Warmline providers and related training activities. Individual will represent the David Romprey Warmline at the local, county and state level. Individual must be able to work effectively with individuals who have little or no direct work experience, including assessing individual needs to support them to grow in the work environment. Individual must have excellent computer skills and be able to direct activities to meet the needs of the communities we serve and employees with special needs. Work is performed in various locations around Oregon. Individual must have own transportation, clean driving record, and automobile insurance. Position requires travel and overnight stays in various locations.

This salaried position is overseen by the Executive Director of Community Counseling Solutions.

Wage dependent upon education and experience. Salary range for the position is $44,800 - $66,300/yr. Excellent benefit package.

Application are available on our website at www.communitycounselingsolutions.org
Position open until filled.


Research Assistant - Live & Learn, Inc. [contract/part-time] (Remote)

Posted 10/14/2016

Live & Learn, Inc. is hiring a part-time Research Assistant on a contract basis that will support this growing company by assisting on policy-relevant public behavioral health research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects. We are looking for someone passionate about the mission of collaboration and partnership among practitioners, advocates, and researchers to promote public health and welfare through research.

Live & Learn generates revenue based on project income and consulting. On all projects, we collaborate with other entities to maximize opportunities for cross-learning and growth. Current partners include advocacy and technical assistance organizations, universities, and other private sector research organizations (www.livelearninc.net/partners)

The Research Assistant will work remotely for 10-15 hours per week, and will be compensated $25/hour plus approved expenses. This position is ideal for a graduate student or someone post-grad working on clinical internship or in another part-time position. There are no benefits for this position.


Assist on data collection, analysis, and reporting of research and technical assistance projects
Recruit research participants by phone and email
Conduct interviews with participants and other information gathering with stakeholders
Conduct literature searches and reviews current events in the health field
Write reports and other materials for public dissemination


BA/BS in public health, sociology, social work, or other social science discipline
One undergrad/grad course in research methods or professional research or policy analysis experience
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Working knowledge of, or commitment to learning, industry-specific software, such as Qualtrics (survey software), Endnote (reference software), Google Scholar (academic literature)
Ability to get along with others who have different perspectives and sources of knowledge, such as activists, clinical providers, and policy-makers
Excellent writing skills
Motivated by deadlines and opportunities to problem-solve


Residing and working in California
History of a disability and/or personal experience with mental health services is an asset
Values honest, direct communication and public service


Please send a half-page cover letter, writing sample, and your resume or CV to contact@LiveLearnInc.net with Research Assistant in the subject line by November 1, 2016.


Peer Advocate (two positions) - Vermont Psychiatric Survivors (VT)

Posted 10/6/2016

Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Vermont's oldest and largest mutual support and civil rights advocacy organization run by and for psychiatric survivors, is seeking to hire two full-time Peer Advocates to work in our Brattleboro and Rutland offices.

Using a peer support approach, Peer Advocates use their lived experience and training to advocate on behalf of and with individuals who have been marginalized by psychiatric labels so that they may lead full and satisfying lives of their own design. Peer support is a non-judgmental, values-driven approach that promotes multiple perspectives, advocates for human rights and dignity, and focuses on genuine, mutual relationships.

Duties include building authentic relationships with individuals who come to Vermont Psychiatric Survivors for advocacy and/or peer support; helping individuals identify and access community services and support networks; advocating on behalf of and with individuals regarding their expressed interests and preferences; and documenting and collecting data to track outcomes and produce reports that describe outcomes. A complete job description can be found at www.vermontpsychiatricsurvivors.org/jobs.

Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to maintain confidences, strong oral and written communication skills, computer literacy, including fluency with Microsoft Excel and Word, lived experience thriving with mental/emotional challenges, a willingness to publicly acknowledge and share personal experiences, and a passion for social justice and knowledge of social justice movements and deep personal commitment to their values are required. The position requires a valid driver’s license, and a registered and insured vehicle. Experience with Intentional Peer Support and Wellness Recovery Action Planning is preferred but we will train the right candidate.

Salary depends on experience; minimum is $15.50/hour, plus health, dental and life insurance; personal, vacation and sick leave; and 14 paid holidays annually.

To apply, mail, fax or email cover letter and resume to:

Wilda L. White, Executive Director
Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Inc.
128 Merchants Row, Suite 606
Rutland, VT 05701-5912

F: (802) 775-6823

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Inc. is an independent, statewide organization run by and for psychiatric survivors. Founded in 1983, our primary purpose is to insure the equal rights, protection and participation of people labeled and marginalized by psychiatric diagnoses and labels. We offer mutual support to psychiatric survivors, publish a quarterly newspaper that is distributed throughout Vermont, advocate and educate to challenge discrimination, and offer technical assistance to allied organizations.


MHSAS Program Specialist - Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (TN)

Posted 9/19/2016

Job Title: MHSAS PROGRAM SPECIALIST-091416-155240
Opening Date/Time: Wed. 09/14/16 12:00 AM Central Time | Closing Date/Time: Tue. 09/20/16 11:59 PM Central Time
Salary: $3,053.00/Month
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Davidson County, Tennessee Department: MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

Job Overview

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for professional mental health or substance use disorders program work of considerable difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in a social or behavioral science or other related acceptable field and experience equivalent to three or more years of full-time professional work in mental health and/or substance use disorders programs.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional graduate coursework in a social or behavioral science or other related acceptable field may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time professional work in mental health and/or substance use disorders programs may substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of four years.

Distinguishing Features:

An employee in this class provides technical assistance and consultation to contracted agencies and the public with regard to behavioral health issues. Responsibilities include monitoring programs and activities for compliance, assisting contracted agencies in resolving problems and improving operations, explaining program-specific policies and procedures, and other related tasks. This class differs from MHSAS Program Manager 1 in that an incumbent of the latter has full program management responsibilities.

Location: Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Support Services Division - Andrew Jackson Building, Davidson County.

Necessary Special Qualifications: None.

Examination Method: Education and Experience,100%, for Preferred Service positions - 912#sthash.uVqMlEIA.dpuf


  1. Ethics and Values
  2. Customer Focus
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Written Communications
  5. Patience
  6. Decision Quality
  7. Time Management
  8. Organizing
  9. Planning
  10. Learning on the Fly
  1. Intermediate knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health disorders, including substance use disorders
  2. Intermediate knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests, learning and motivation, and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders
  3. Basic knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service
  4. Basic knowledge of computer hardware and software, including use of programs such as Microsoft Office
  1. Intermediate reading comprehension skills
  2. Intermediate writing skills
  3. Intermediate speaking skills
  4. Active listening skills
  5. Intermediate judgment and decision making skills
  6. Intermediate critical thinking skills
  7. Active learning skills
  8. Intermediate service orientation skills
  9. Intermediate time management skills
  1. Speech clarity
  2. Intermediate written comprehension abilities
  3. Intermediate written expression abilities
  4. Basic ability to add, subtract, multiply or divide

More info and link to apply at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tennessee/default.cfm?action=viewjob&JobID=1531912


Clinical Social Worker - Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center [PRRC] (MA)

Posted 9/6/2016

POSITION SUMMARY: The Boston Outpatient Clinic (BOPC) Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) within the Mental Health Service Line at VA Boston Healthcare System provides an intensive, comprehensive, recovery-oriented outpatient environment, who are diagnosed with a ‘lived experience; with conditions such as schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, bipolar disorders, major depressive disorder, or PTSD.   Veterans attending two to five days per week work toward self-determined personal goals, symptom management and reduction, enhanced community integration, and overcoming of psychological stigma.

The PRRC Clinical Social Worker exercises independent judgment regarding decision-making and timing of social work interventions on the total range of psychosocial problems of veterans in the PRRC, while operating collaboratively within the context of a transdisciplinary team, and the supervision structure of the PRRC within Mental Health Services.

Family work is a key focus of this position, along with group and individual interventions, other evidence-based practices, case management, and, in conjunction with staff team, helping to manage the program's "Recovery Learning Center" environment. The role includes a strong focus on fostering community involvement and community integration.

The PRRC Social Worker performs most of his/her professional tasks within the Boston Outpatient Clinic PRRC program, with occasional tasks within the larger SMI Clinic external to PRRC. The PRRC Clinical Social Worker operates as a member of the PRRC team in providing social work services such as psychotherapy, assessments, on-site case management, and supportive recovery-based interventions, as discussed above. As a VA-credentialed Licensed Independent Provider (L.I.P.), the Social Worker works closely with the PRRC Program Manager, supporting the Program in designated professional tasks commensurate with the LIP status.

VIN #: 1775918  (Internal GS-9/11)  1775937 (External GS-11)

Position:    Social Worker                         (number of vacancies)  2

Occupational Specialty: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)

Series & Grade:       GS-185-9/11

Salary:   Internal $53,610 – 84,320   External $64,862 – 84,320

Service:  Mental Health

Duty Station:  Causeway St (CBOC), Boston MA

HR Specialist: Christine Lang

WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time Mon-Fri 0800 – 4:30


  • Current permanent VA Employees
  • All US Citizens

NOTE: Current or Former Federal Employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action).  The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).  In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
NOTE: This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.

Functional Statement #: 912270, 903920


Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

Education. Have a master’s degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master’s degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

 Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.
     Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level GS-11. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.
For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master’s level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker. Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam.

Proficient in the English Language

Creditable Experience

Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.
 Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master’s degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.

Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional social worker is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a social worker employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

Fellowships or Post-Graduate Training. Fellowship and post-graduate training programs are typically in a specialized area of clinical practice, i.e., group or family practice. Training as a fellow or post-graduate may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

 Practicum in a VA Setting. A VHA practicum experience may not be substituted for experience, as the practicum (field placement) is completed prior to graduation with a master’s degree in social work.

Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

GS-9 Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below.
NOTE: Social workers with more than one year of post-MSW experience may be appointed at an advanced step within the GS-9 grade commensurate with their years of experience.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture.
2. Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient’s problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.
3. Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
5. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology.
6. Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.

GS-11 Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.


In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.

  1. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
  2. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient’s problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
  3. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
  4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.
  5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
  6. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
  7. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
  8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
  9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.

Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Physical Requirements for Social Work Positions: The incumbent must be able to exercise a high degree of emotional and mental discipline at all times in order to continue to carry out duties effectively. This is especially necessary during time periods when the incumbent encounters significant or extreme duress as a result of interactions with patients, etc.