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Peer Support and Recovery Specialist -FT - Rising Strong
Title:Peer Support and Recovery Specialist -FT - Rising Strong
Dept:23 - Rising Strong

Program Summary

The Rising Strong program is a collaboration between Catholic Charities and Empire Health Foundation. Based on proven models in California and Oregon, Rising Strong will focus on serving families who are at risk for separation due to parental substance abuse by providing safe housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, case management, and other supportive wraparound services. By serving whole families, our aim is to reduce trauma in children, decrease the rates of foster care placements, and remove barriers that traditionally prevent parents from succeeding in substance abuse and mental health treatment. We walk alongside and support vulnerable families as they seek to change their stories.


Job Summary

The Peer Support and Recovery Specialist is responsible for providing peer services and other ancillary support to Rising Strong families.The primary focus of the peer position is to provide support, education, connection to community resources, and advocacy to clients to promote their recovery and well-being.

          Job Duties/Responsibilities


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties/responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties/responsibilities of this job.

  1. Introduce clients to the recovery community environment and assist individuals in navigating systems and resources.
  2. Identify and address families’ barriers to independence and recovery.
  3. Participate in planning, provision, and evaluation of services via team meetings.
  4. Under direction from the case management staff and through regular interactions with clients, make appropriate referrals to relevant social services.
  5. Facilitate learning opportunities for families by teaching life skills classes and leading children’s activities.
  6. Provide a supportive presence for families who are experiencing challenges.
  7. Coordinate with other Rising Strong staff to develop and oversee activities that will benefit the entire program.
  8. Provide transportation for clients (using Rising Strong vehicles.)
  9. Supervise children and activities in the Early Risers program as needed.
  10. Ensure a safe environment for families, staff and volunteers by providing oversight for policies and procedures to ensure that Rising Strong rules are being followed and that families are practicing safe habits.
  11. Oversee regular health and safety checks for cleanliness, lice, and bed bugs.
  12. Oversee required operations tasks during shift, including overseeing community volunteers, distributing mail, accepting donations, and answering telephones.
  13. Oversee the maintenance of relevant databases and performs data entry tasks. When necessary, administers the intake forms needed for statistical and narrative reports required by agency.
  14. Perform periodic walks throughout the facility to detect hazards. Manage all building operations as assigned.
  15. Document significant events involving residents and/or building operations activities in a daily log; read log daily.
  16. Coordinate with other Rising Strong staff to develop and oversee activities that will benefit the entire program.
  17. Perform as a team member to assure that productivity outcome measures are achieved.
  18. When subpoenaed or otherwise called upon, appear in court to testify regarding families’ involvement in the program in a professional manner.
  19. Adhere to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine.
  20. Perform related functions necessary to support the mission and core values of Catholic Charities.

    Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must meet the minimum qualifications listed below. These qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform this job.

Education/Experience: to perform this job successfully, an individual must have an Associate’s degree

or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and possess Peer Support Certification.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • The qualified candidate will at a minimum:
  • Be familiar and comfortable with the culture and characteristics of persons with Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health disorders and provide a welcoming and accepting environment in which this population and their families can receive services
  • Be flexible and adaptable to changing work environments
  • Be able to multi-task
  • Completes documentation and required paperwork within 24 hours of service delivery
  • Have effective communication skills and be comfortable doing presentations
  • Have knowledge of health insurance practices and be able to direct clients in using services available to them through their health plans
  • Have knowledge of the Washington State Department of Health and Human Services programs and eligibility requirements
  • Be familiar with community resources available to Spokane County residents
  • Must possess a valid Washington state driver’s license and a clean driving abstract.
  • Must be able to pass background check applicable to position.

Required Skills:

  • Significant life experience that will allow the successful candidate to understand and relate to our families when providing a supportive presence.
  • Ability to establish a therapeutic rapport with families.
  • Ability to separate their own experiences from the families they serve
  • Ability to stay calm and work effectively to resolve crisis situations.
  • High-energy, self-motivated, and self-disciplined team –player.
  • Is adaptable and a proactive problem solver, able and has a willingness to do what it takes to contribute to their own success and the success of the program.
  • Ability to demonstrate ethical conduct at all times.

        Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working with issues of homelessness, substance abuse/addiction, mental health and/or poverty.
  • Personal significant experience involving addiction and recovery, homelessness, mental health issues, and/or poverty.
  • Demonstrate experience working with culturally diverse populations and/or demonstrate life experience which qualitatively improve service delivery to Rising Strong families (i.e., diverse health perspectives, cultural and family style approaches).
  • Chemical Dependency Professional Certification or Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee Certification a plus.

Certified Peer Support Specialist: If not already certified, applicant must be able and willing to become certified in first available training after completing 90 days of employment.

Certified Peer Recovery Coach: If not already certified, applicant must have at least two years in active recovery from substance abuse/ dependency to become certified at first available class.

As a general rule, it is highly recommended that the applicant continue to seek out further training and education while in this position.

Physical Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:

  • Frequently sit, stand, climb, walk, lift, pull/push, carry, grasp, reach, talk, hear, taste, or smell.

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:

  • Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.
  • Attendance: ability to consistently arrive and be able to work as scheduled.
  • Computer/Technical Ability: working knowledge of: Word Processing software & Internet software. Upkeeps documentation in an appropriate and timely manner and in accordance with Rising Strong policies and procedures.
  • Dependability: ability to follow instructions, both in written and verbal format; ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Has outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations. Awareness of and sensitivity to the service population’s culture and socioeconomic characteristics. Ability to effectively maintain composure in a stressful or crisis oriented environment.
  • Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
  • Language Ability:  Intermediate Ability: ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
  • Mathematical Ability: (choose the level that applies) Basic Ability: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.
  • Reasoning Ability: Basic Ability: ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions; ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

    Workplace Environmental Conditions

While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee will be: (choose those that apply)

  • Client Population may include persons involved in gangs, with substance abuse concerns, homelessness and/or tendencies towards violent behavior.
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