Job: Virginia Veteran and Family Support Peer Specialist – Williamsburg
60070- Virginia Veteran and Family Support Peer Specialist
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The purpose of the Veteran Peer Specialist (VPS) position is to provide individualized peer coaching and advocacy services to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and transitioning service members throughout an assigned Virginia Veteran and Family Support Region. The Veteran Peer Specialist works alongside veteran peers to inspire and support individuals in their personal management of daily living and behavioral challenges. The Veteran Peer Specialist provides hope, support, knowledge, coaching, role modeling, connection, navigation, and more.
Knowledge and experience related to human services and/or behavioral healthcare field. Professional knowledge and/or personal experience in behavioral health and supportive services for veterans, service members, dependents and caregivers. Knowledge of human rights, ethical and legal concerns related to providing care coordination services. Knowledge of suicide interventions and mandatory reporting requirements. Ability to communicate (written and oral) clearly and effectively. Experience in public speaking and delivery of subject matter trainings related to service members, veterans and/or their dependents/family members. Ability to engage service members, veterans and/or their dependents/family members, develop professional relationships, and advocate for those individuals receiving services. Excellent client service skills. The ability to demonstrate creativity in developing strategies to resolve barriers to treatment and supportive services access. Excellent knowledge of computers and word processing skills, to include experience using a client management system for data entry. Excellent organization and record keeping skills. Ability to work independently and efficiently. Ability to work in a team model. Maintain effective inter/intra-agency working relationships. Valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record must be maintained throughout employment. Must complete required position training related to Peer Support Services within 6 months of hire. Availability for some evenings and/or weekends as well as some travel may be required. Must complete all DVS agency and VVFS program training requirements within 6 months of hire.
Minimum of one year, post-military experience, addressing personal challenges related to post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, transition from military to civilian environment and/or other military service related concerns preferred. BA/BS degree preferred. Consideration given to the combination of education and job experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position. Experience and/or education related to programs and services for veterans preferred.
The Commonwealth does not provide sponsorship; therefore, applicants must be a citizen or national of the U.S., a Lawful Permanent Resident, or an alien authorized to work. Excluding DVS Employees, the selected candidate MUST pass a criminal background check.