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Title:                             Peer Services Specialist I

Part/Full Time:             Full Time

Hourly/Salary:              Hourly

Reports to:                   Program Manager

Supervisory role:          No

Pay Scale:                     $22.07- $24.18 per hour DOE


Candidates who identify with one or more of the following are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

  • BIPOC identified individuals.

  • LGBTQIA+ identified individuals. 

  • Veterans



General Summary

Peer emotional support is the foundation of the services provided by Peer Olympia. 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, addiction and/or chronic illness. 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 client connection with a broad range of community-based services and natural supports.



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 Washington’s mission is to cultivate powerful, healthy lives by providing peer emotional support and development services to those impacted by addiction, mental health and/or HIV/AIDS.


Primary Responsibilities
  • Work directly with the Director to establish guidelines, best practices, client tracking, and expectations in the development and application of this position.

  • Work with members early in recovery from or living with substance use, mental health and/or HIV/AIDS challenges to provide support and referral services.

  • Provide intake services and case management for service contracts.

  • Maintain weekly contact with assigned clients.

  • Submit all data and other reporting in a timely fashion.

  • Develop relationships with community partners.

  • Attend all monthly Peer Coach Support Meetings.

  • Collaborate with Peer Olympia Peer Coaches as requested in providing support to their matches.

  • Respond to all phone calls and emails within 1 business day.

  • Act as a representative on behalf of Peer Olympia as needed with regards to community collaborations and events as assigned by the Director.  This includes reporting back to the Director with updates and for direction on how to proceed with our involvement.

  • Maintain clear communication with staff and volunteers.  This includes keeping the Director updated on weekly schedules and copied on all important communication.

  • Attend on-going training programs offered to enhance effectiveness of role.


Required Qualifications
  • Must identify as someone in recovery from substance use and/or mental health challenges and in remission for a period of at least one year.

  • Must have great organizational, documenting, communication, and program development skills.

  • Ability to be an active listener by asking questions and reflecting on what is being said.

  • Proficient level of ability with computer software: Microsoft Office Products.

  • Ability to work both independently and under supervision.

  • Ability to maintain healthy boundaries with peers.

  • Ability to manage time effectively.

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to start date.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Established relationships with local community-based organizations.

  • Previous experience working as a Certified Peer Counselor (CPC) or willing to seek certification within 6 months of hire.

  • Must be trained and certified as a peer recovery coach through Peer Olympia/SHIFT, CCAR, or willing to within 6 months of hire.


  • Have previous experience working as a Certified Peer Counselor (CPC), and/or Peer Recovery Coach.

  • Under the direction of the Program Manager, help coordinate Peer Olympia's peer coaching services by supporting all aspects of Peer Washington’s Recovery Coach Academy.

  • Establish an ongoing relationship with all trained peer coaches and coordinate all aspects of matching Peer Olympia members with a compatible coach.

  • Provide ongoing support to Peer Olympia’s trained coaches including scheduling and facilitating a regular monthly Peer Coach support meetings and monitoring coaching sessions according to Peer Washington guidelines. 

  • Training as a Peer Washington Group Facilitator preferred.

  • Be familiar with group processes and Peer Washington’s peer-led support group model and able to manage dynamics within groups appropriately and professionally.

  • Participate in recruiting, planning, and running of Peer Washington’s group facilitator training as directed.

  • Provide ongoing support to trained group facilitators in the planning and scheduling of groups.

  • Assist members in accessing resources and community-based supports.

  • Identify and track outcomes measured for this position and submit reports and data metrics required for this position on time.

  • Pay Scale: $22.07- $24.18 per hour DOE

  • Bi-annual bonus potential

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) accrued hourly based on hours worked (equivalent to 3 wks./yr. @ 40 hrs./wk.)

  • 1 personal days in 2022 for start dates prior to 12/31/2022.

  • 13 paid holidays or worked with a shift premium.

  • $100 monthly travel stipend

  • Corporate provided cell phone.

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, WA Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Worker’s compensation; employee premiums covered by employer at 100% for employee.

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Employer Sponsored IRA with up to 3% employer match.



If you are interested in applying for this position, you can either bring in your cover letter (required) and resume to Peer Olympia or you can email your cover letter and resume to Position is open until filled.