Peer Services Specialist – Family Navigator
Title: Peer Services Specialist – Family Navigator
Part/Full Time: Full Time (40 hours/week Schedule may include evenings and/or weekends based on the needs of the site.)
Starting Pay Scale: $22.97- $25.16 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.
- Individuals with lived experience in mental health and/or substance abuse
- BIPOC identified individuals.
- LGBTQIA+ 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, member tracking, and expectations in the development and application of this new position.
- Work with family members supporting loved ones that are early in recovery from or struggling with substance use disorder, mental health, and/or behavioral health concerns to provide support and referral services.
- Provide intake services and case management for programming contracts.
- Maintain weekly contact with assigned members.
- Submit data and other reporting in a timely fashion.
- Develop relationships with community partners.
- Attend all monthly staff meetings.
- Collaborate with other peers as requested in providing support to family members.
- 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 Manager. This includes reporting back to the Program Manager with updates and directions 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 a family member (relatives and/or loved ones) of someone in recovery from substance use disorder and/or mental health and in remission for a period of at least one year.
- Must be trained and certified as a peer recovery coach through Peer WA, CCAR, or equivalent training model within the first six months of hire.
- Must have experience working as a peer recovery coach.
- 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.
- 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.
- Previous experience working as a Family Peer Partner
- Previous experience providing resource support and referrals.
- Familiarity with services such as 1:1 coaching, group support, Supported Employment/Supportive Housing, Resource referral, etc.
Family Navigator Addendum
- Identify appropriate community support resources to refer and/or link family members.
- Recruit, mentor, and support family members to be trained as volunteer family navigators.
- Provide direct peer navigation and resource linkage support to family members as needed.
- Collaborate with site staff and agency-wide staff on the development and/or deepening of peer support for family members.
- Maintain accurate records of service output.
- Exercise discretion and confidentiality during communication with family members, agencies, and community partners
- Knowledge of methods and procedures of providing outreach-based community support services
This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Peer Services Specialist – Family Navigator will be responsible for any additional tasks that are assigned by the supervisor.
- Starting wage $22.97- $25.16 per hour 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.
- One personal for the remainder of 2023. Three personal days per calendar year thereafter.
- 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 employee premiums covered by employer at 100% for employee.
- WA Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Workers compensation.
- $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.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a resume AND cover letter.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $22.97 - $25.16 per hour
Expected hours: 40 per week
- Bereavement leave
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Mileage reimbursement
- Paid time off
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Day shift
- Evening shift
- Weekends as needed
People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply
Work Location: In person