AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. The program is designed to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service . Corps members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa .
The Counselor position is located in the Office of AmeriCorps, National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) with the Corporation for National Community Service currently located in Sacramento, CA.
The Corporation for National and Community Service was established as a Federal agency in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service. Together, its Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs promote the ethic of service and help solve critical community problems in every state, many Indian tribes, and most U. S. territories. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans are joining forces to address community needs in education, homeland security, housing, health care, environmental protection, and disaster relief.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (Corporation) has an approved (by the Office of Personnel Management) civil service interchange agreement. The Corporation is an excepted service agency. Under the terms of the Interchange Agreement, permanent Corporation employees may be considered for appointment to positions in the competitive service in the same manner that employees of the competitive service are considered for transfer to such positions.
You must be a United States Citizen
A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees
Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
Relocation expenses will not be paid
Appropriate professional mental health license required
A valid driver's license DUTIES:
Provides individual and group counseling for members, with a focus on crisis prevention, crisis intervention, peer counseling support, conflict management and team building.
Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with community agencies, institutions, and individuals to facilitate the identification of referral services for members.
Facilitates communication about member mental and physical health status with the Region Director and Unit and Team leaders.
Assesses quality of life, counseling support, and training needs of corps members.
Designs and implements training sessions.
Coordinates member drug screening and TB testing.
Conducts mental health screening assessments to determine applicants fitness to serve, including knowledge and impact of psychiatric medications.
Reviews and assesses cases with reported learning disabilities and substance abuse history for fitness to serve.
Participates on the medical advisory review board.
Serves as a point of contact on regional and national level teams that support member quality of life initiatives and the planning and coordination of national counseling requirements.
In order to qualify for this position, you must meet A or B or C :
A. Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (paid, unpaid, or volunteer work) comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the upper range of the NY-02 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-09 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience must include all of the following: 1) clinical practice working with adults ages 18 to 24 in the areas of counseling, mentoring, and conflict resolution; 2) conducting mental health screening; 3) providing direct services to individuals and teams; 4) providing consultation regarding mental health issues. Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.
B. If you are qualifying based on education alone, you must have a Master's degree in behavioral or social science or related disciplines appropriate to the position to be filled. Such education must be from an accredited institution and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work. You must submit an unofficial copy of your college transcript or you will be eliminated from consideration. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards.
C. You may also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.
In addition to meeting the qualification above, you must also meet both of the following:
Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), licensed in a state as a Psychologist, Licensed as a Professional Counselor, or other professional mental health license that is directly related to this job.
Possess a valid United States driver's license.
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to satisfactorily complete a background investigation. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
1. T echnical Competence
2. Problem Solving
Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in a reduction of your score. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible . Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:
1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.
Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive.
Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information." BENEFITS:
The Corporation for National and Community Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:
If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
Veteran's Preference : If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."
Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, please indicate the type of appointment you are seeking on your application and follow all other instructions for applying that are shown below. Applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package. For further information, click here
Special Appointing Authorities .