Peer Services Specialist

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Peer Kent Job Announcement

Title: Peer Services Specialist – King County Library Systems (KCLS)

Part/Full Time: Full Time

Hourly/Salary: Hourly

Reports to: KCLS Health and Social Services Coordinator and Peer Kent Program Director

Supervisory role: No

General Summary

Peer emotional support is the foundation of the services provided by Peer Kent. 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 substance use 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.

King County Library System:

The Peer Services Specialist will work closely with KCLS Health and Social Services Coordinator to increase access to library and community resources for patrons with significant barriers. Work will take place in library buildings and community outreach locations. Drawing upon their lived experience in a professional manner, the Peer Services Specialist will offer direct patron services, including resource referrals and support; collaborate with community organizations for the purpose of sharing resources/information; and contribute to KCLS programs and/or groups in support of patrons experiencing challenges related to basic needs and wellness. This position will require program development and outcomes measurement.

Primary Responsibilities

·         Work directly with the Program Director to establish guidelines, best practices, member tracking, and expectations in the development and application of this new position.

·         Work with individuals struggling with mental health and/or substance use challenges to provide support and referral services.

·         Work in collaboration with assigned (KCLS) supervisor and team for supervision and effective coordination of Peer Services.

·         Submit data, documentation, and other reporting in a timely fashion.

·         Develop relationships with community partners.

·         Collaborate with other Peer Kent staff as needed.

·         Attend all mandatory meetings for Peer Kent and KCLS.

·         Understand and follow all Policy and Procedures of Peer Kent and KCLS.

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

·         Act as a representative on behalf of Peer Kent and KCLS as needed with regards to community collaborations and events as assigned by the Program Director.  This includes reporting back to the Program Director 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 updated on weekly schedules and copied on all important communication.

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

·         See addendum for additional responsibilities.

Required Qualifications

●        Must identify as someone in recovery from substance use and/or mental health challenges and in remission for at least one year.

●        Must be trained and certified as a peer recovery coach and peer group facilitator through Peer Washington, CCAR, or equivalent training model, or within the first six months of employment.

●        Must have a Certified Peer Counselor (CPC) designation with WA state or willing to get certified within the first six months of employment.

●        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

●        WRAP certified or within 6 months of hire.

●        Experience in Trauma informed Peer Support.

●        Experienced in Motivational Interviewing techniques.

●        Established relationships with local community-based organizations.

KCLS Peer Services Specialist Addendum

·         Engage with patrons, coworkers, and community providers in a professional and open manner.

·         Build supportive relationships with patrons that help promote hope, choice, wellness, and recovery.

·         Utilize a strengths-based approach to service provision.

·         Provide resource information and referrals related to shelter, housing, employment, mental/medical health, substance use, criminal justice, etc.

·         Assist patrons in accessing resources and community-based supports, including identifying and addressing barriers to access.

·         Attend and participate in community meetings as assigned.

·         Participate in community events and programs as assigned.

·         Help plan and facilitate social service-related programs and/or groups at KCLS.

·         Assist colleagues and supervisors in developing and establishing the library Peer Services Specialist role.

·         Promote the purpose and value of the Peer Services Specialist role to KCLS staff by modeling professionalism and effectiveness.

·         Help identify and track outcomes measures for this position.

·         Maintain records of services provided.

·         Attend and participate in relevant training as assigned by supervisor.

Additional Responsibilities

This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities.  In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Peer Services Specialist will be responsible for any additional tasks that are assigned by the Program Director.

Compensation

●        Hiring Pay: $20.24 – $22.41 per hour DOE

●        Lifecycle Pay Range: $20.24 – $25.59

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

●        1 personal days in 2021, 3 per year thereafter

●        13 paid holidays or worked with shift a premium

●        $100 monthly travel stipend

●        Corporate provided cell phone

●        Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D, WA Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability and Workers 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, please submit your resume with a cover letter to jobs@peerkent.org.

*Please Note

* This job posting will remain open until filled

* Incomplete and late submissions will not be reviewed

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

●        Lived experience with addiction and/or mental illness and in recovery for at least 1 year

●        BIPOC identified individuals

●        LGBTQIA+ identified individuals

●        Veterans

To apply for this job please visit www.peerkent.org.

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