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Peer Support Specialist - FT
Title:Peer Support Specialist - FT
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, 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 treatment. We walk alongside and support vulnerable families as they seek to change their stories.

Job Summary

The Peer Support Specialist will serve Rising Strong families by helping them acclimate to the community and support families’ recovery by providing services that are crucial to their healing and educational experience at Rising Strong. The Peer Support Specialist will also be responsible for ensuring a safe, healthy environment for all families. We are hiring two full-time Peer Support Specialists and one part-time Peer Support Specialist.

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. Initiate clients to the recovery community environment and assists individuals in navigating systems.
  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 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. Adhere to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Doctrine.
  19. 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.

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 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.
  • Ability to easily adapt to change.

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

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: Processing softwareoftware
  • 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: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, 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.
  • Judgment: ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment; ability to explain reasoning for decisions.
  • Language 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)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: 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.
  • Responsibilities in accordance with the Company’s

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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