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Washington State Suicide Prevention Lead Peer Specialist (Program Specialist 4) in Olympia, Washington

Description Please Note: This recruitment is for a project position anticipated to last through June 30, 2023. *The current duty station for this position is in Olympia, WA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is a temporary order. This position can work remotely from any location in the state of Washington until the order is lifted. Here at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), we are passionate about our mission of “Serving Those Who Served.” As a national leader in our advocacy for more than 500,000 veterans and their family members, we strive to connect them to earned benefits as well as innovative programs focused on their overall health and wellness. Our Suicide Prevention Program focuses on establishing suicide prevention policies and actionable objectives statewide. These types of programs transform the lives of Veterans and their families through growth and resiliency related experiences. As the Suicide Prevention Lead Peer Specialist, you'll support the expansion and enhancement of suicide prevention within the Veteran's Peer Corps Program. This includes providing suicide prevention trainings statewide, and collaborating with community organizations and resources targeted for Service Members, Veterans and their families. We need someone with the ability to establish best practices for suicide awareness and prevention materials, training and outreach programs. You'll also be the champion for promoting and supporting training programs, while cultivating peer-led organizations that serve veterans in their transition and recovery. Bring your passion and talent to our team by applying now! Duties *Some of what you'll be doing includes: * Support the implementation of the statewide plan to reduce suicide among service members, veterans and their families (SMVF). * Supervise, manage, and be accountable for regional coordinators (three program specialist 3’s), and suicide prevention efforts within WDVA Peer Support programs. * Deliver statewide suicide awareness and prevention training programs. * Meet with other peer led organizations to ascertain needs and provide suicide prevention support and guidance, providing efficiency to state-wide efforts to reduce suicide and its effects among the SMVF community. * Collaborate with government and nongovernment agencies and organizations to evaluate and implement promising best practices for suicide awareness and prevention materials, training, and outreach programs targeted to SMVF’s. * Conduct needs assessment, meet with key stake holders, participate on suicide prevention specific committees and task forces, represents the WDVA Suicide Prevention Program to other agencies and organizations. * Supports the distribution of safer homes materials and safe firearms storage devices to the Washington National Guard, the Washington State Patrol, allied veterans groups, and other organizations serving or employing veterans, following the recommendations of the safer homes task force. * Establish and track data to demonstrate performance outcomes. Performance measures will be established and tracked in the Enterprise Veteran Client Management System (EVCMS). Qualifications Required: * Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Social Services, Social Work, Social Science, Health Care, or Liberal Arts/Sciences from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a foreign equivalent. * Two (2) years of experience providing services to veterans and their families in a human services environment related to mental health, behavioral health, traumatic brain injury and/or similar functional area. Please Note: *Related and comparable experience may be substituted year for year for education *Desired: * Master’s degree in counseling-related field from an accredited institution whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or a foreign equivalent. * Two (2) years of experience providing services concerning varying suicide prevention training efforts and/or familiarity with ASSIST, AMSR, ZERO Suicide and other suicide prevention models etc. * Current and valid WA State licensure of one of the following or equivalent: LMHC, LICSW, LMFT. * Demonstrated ability to engage stakeholders, provide outreach, education and case management and deliver successful presentations to a wide variety of audiences. * Proficient and knowledgeable in all laws and ethical guidelines related to suicide prevention and mental health services. * Minimum 2 years’ experience in program development; coordination and experience in budget management and or contracting; experience with records/data base management. * Served in the armed forces, guard or reserves with combat experience; three years working directly with veterans and their family members or demonstrated competency with this population. Supplemental Information Application Process: * The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below. Please include the following documents with your application: 1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications. 2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education. Finalists will be asked to provide a list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers. *Other Information: * Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. * Valid Driver’s License. Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For further information please contact us at: recruiters@dva.wa.gov. The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 725-2183. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, program, or the agency please contact Ashley Harris at _**recruiters@dva.wa.gov**._ Salary: $55,524.00 - $72,756.00 Annually Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA Job Type: Project (limited duration) Department: Dept. of Veterans Affairs Job Number: 2021-04117 Closing: 5/18/2021 11:59 PM Pacific Agency: State of Washington Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504 Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

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