Title: Peer Services Specialist/State Opioid Response 2 Addendum
Part/Full Time: Full Time
Hourly/Salary: Hourly
Reports to: Program Director or Program Manager
Supervisory role: No

General Summary

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,
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.

Purpose/Vision/Mission

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 Program Director/Manager to establish guidelines, best practices, client tracking, and expectations in the development and application of this new 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 data and other reporting in a timely fashion.

  • Develop relationships with community partners.

  • Attend all monthly Peer Coach Support Meetings.

  • Collaborate with Peer Seattle 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 Seattle as needed with regards to community collaborations and events as assigned by the Program Director/Manager. This includes reporting back to the Program Director/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 Director/Manager updated on weekly schedules and copied on all-important communication.

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

 

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 Seattle/SHIFT, CCAR, or willing to within 6 months of hire.

 

SOR 2 Addendum

  • Ability to meet and or exceed all contract deliverables

        o Member intakes (GPRA)
        o Member files/recording monthly 1:1
        o Accurate monthly billing
        o Weekly SOR 2 group meeting(s)
        o Create leadership and training opportunities for SOR 2 members

 

  • Case management experience

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Connection to agencies working with people experiencing SUD and or Opioid use

  • Able to meet monthly deadlines

  • Assist SOR 2 members in goal setting

 

Compensation

  • Pay Scale: $20.24 - $22.41 per hour hiring range ($20.24 - $25.59 per hour Lifecycle pay range)

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

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits for Employee paid at 100%, Dependents 0%

  • $50,000 Life and AD&D, Long Term Disability provided at no cost

  • WA State Short Term Disability and Workers Compensation premiums paid by the employer

  • Employee Assistance Program

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

  • Business cell phone and service will be provided

  • Monthly transportation benefit

 

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

  • BIPOC identified individuals

  • LGBTQIA+ identified individuals

  • Veterans

 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume with a cover letter to

jobs@peerseattle.org by November 25, 2020.

Peer Seattle

Peer Seattle is a program of Peer Washington

Email: info@peerseattle.org

Phone: 206.322.2437

Registered Charity: 91-1327257

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