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Title: Peer Services Specialist – Supportive Housing
Part/Full Time: Full Time
Pay Scale: $22.07- $24.18 per hour DOE
Reports to: Program Manager
Supervisory role: No
Candidates who identify with one or more of the following are STRONGLY encouraged to apply:
Have lived experience with mental health and/or substance abuse in long-term stable recovery.
Identify as LGBTQ+
BIPOC identified individuals
Peer Washington’s purpose is to provide peer emotional support and development services to:
Washington state residents impacted by temporary or chronic addiction, mental health, and/or HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.
Target disparately impacted communities through site expansion operated as a dba of Peer Washington named for location and guided by a charter identifying the target community served.
Maintain safe space for members identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming or other sexual minorities at all our locations regardless of the target community.
Services shall be open to any person impacted by addiction, mental health, or HIV/AIDS; however, outreach for each site will be directed toward the community identified in the site charter.
Our work is done in a spirit of safety, trust, inclusiveness, and celebration of individual differences.
Peer Washington envisions a community of peers connected by shared experience in compassionate support of one another.
Peer emotional support is the foundation of the services provided by Peer Seattle. The ability to discuss struggles and successes related to experiences shared by another individual promotes healing and compliments traditionally accepted professional services in the healthcare system. The role of the Peer Services Specialist is to work with individuals who are struggling with issues related to mental health and/or addiction challenges. The Peer Services Specialist will be an accountability partner to help members plan, evaluate, and maintain their recovery journey by engaging in a positive, supportive relationship. The Peer Services Specialist is also responsible for demonstrating and inspiring hope, trust, and a positive outlook and optimizing member connection with a broad range of community-based services and natural supports.
⦁ Work directly with the Program Manager to establish guidelines, best practices, client tracking, and expectations in the development and application of this position.
⦁ Work with members early in recovery who are struggling with mental health and/or addiction challenges to provide support and referral services.
⦁ Provide intake services and case management for service contracts.
⦁ Maintain weekly contact with assigned members.
⦁ Submit data and other reporting in a timely fashion.
⦁ Develop relationships with community partners.
⦁ Act as a representative on behalf of Peer Olympia as needed with regards to community collaborations and events as assigned by the Program Manager. This includes reporting back to the Program Manager with updates and for direction on how to proceed with our involvement.
⦁ Maintain clear communication with staff and volunteers. This includes keeping the Program Manager updated on weekly schedules and copied on all important communication.
⦁ Attend on-going training programs offered to enhance effectiveness of role.
⦁ Must identify as someone in recovery from mental health and/or addiction challenges and in remission for a period of at least one year.
⦁ Must have great organizational, documenting, communication, and service development skills.
⦁ Proficient level of ability with computer software: Microsoft Office Products.
⦁ Ability to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
⦁ Must have own vehicle, valid Washington driver’s license, and proof of liability insurance.
⦁ Must be fully Covid-19 vaccinated.
⦁ Experience working in Supportive Housing or Peer Housing services.
⦁ Previous experience working as a Certified Peer Counselor (CPC) or willing to seek certification within 6 months of hire.
⦁ Trained and certified as a peer recovery coach through Peer Washington/SHIFT, CCAR, or willing to seek certification within 6 months of hire.
⦁ Knowledge of Supportive Housing and/or Foundational Community Support services.
Addendum Foundational Community Supports (FCS) Supportive Housing
⦁ Experience in supportive housing services.
⦁ Established connections with Thurston County Housing programs.
⦁ Ability to train and coach peer staff and volunteers on housing and employment resources.
⦁ Ability to provide the Peer Olympia community education on FCS benefits and housing sustainability service components.
⦁ Maintain referral intake data collection and assures timely follow-up.
⦁ Skill to provide supportive housing services as needed, including, but not limited to: housing assessments, identifying housing stabilization resources, lease rights and responsibilities, independent living skills development, landlord relations, and crisis management.
⦁ Ability to develop expertise in the supportive housing arena by working with the Peer Olympia community care providers, service partners, and other resources regarding affordable housing.
⦁ Maintain accurate records on provided services for verifiable peer FCS service billing.
⦁ Must be able to do outreach throughout Thurston County, including transportation necessary to provide supportive housing services.
⦁ Knowledge of Housing First principles, tenant rights, and related resources.
This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Peer Services Specialist – Supportive Housing will be responsible for any additional tasks that are assigned by the supervisor.
⦁ Starting wage $22.07 - $24.18 DOE
⦁ Bi-annual bonus potential.
⦁ Paid Vacation Time – 3 weeks per year, accrued hourly based on hours worked at 0.0580 hours per hour worked, 120-hour maximum annual carryover.
⦁ Paid Sick Time accrued hourly based on hours worked at 0.0580 hours per hour worked equivalent to three weeks per year at 40 hours per week.
⦁ Three personal days per calendar year.
⦁ 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
⦁ Business cell phone and service will be provided.
⦁ Monthly parking pass or travel stipend.
⦁ Corporate credit card.
⦁ Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits for Employee paid at 100%, Dependents 0%
⦁ $100,000 Life and AD&D, Long Term Disability through Hartford, provided at no cost.
⦁ Employee Assistance Program.
⦁ Employer Sponsored IRA with up to 3% employer match.
⦁ WA Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Workers Compensation; employee premiums covered by employer at 100% for employee.
If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, please submit your resume and cover letter via INDEED