WMARI is hiring for a part-time Peer Support Specialist (PSS)

We are seeking a compassionate individual to fill the role of a part-time Peer Support Specialist (PSS). A PSS is a person who has been successful in their recovery process and who can support others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, and learned techniques PSSs help people become, and stay, engaged in the recovery process, reducing the likelihood of relapse. PSSs are not clinical providers.

To ensure success as a PSS, you must be able to exhibit empathy and possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills. A top-notch PSS should be able to easily identify warning signs in participants and provide effective interventions and emotional support.

In this role, you will be required to provide one-on-one support for individuals and facilitate group activities/meetings. You will receive training to meet these needs.

The PSS will primarily be located at the OHRC but will also be required to provide support in some other settings, such as the hospital emergency department, addiction medicine facilities, primary care, jails, treatment facilities, churches, and schools.

Peer Support Specialist (PSS) Responsibilities:

  • Greeting, conversing, and connecting with every visitor to the recovery center.
  • Answering phone calls and returning messages.
  • Responding to recovery needs in the emergency department, healthcare settings, and jails.
  • Meeting with participants regularly to offer one-on-one support and recovery coaching. This includes providing and managing referrals to recovery support services. In addition, you will help to develop recovery plans, coping methods, and rehabilitation strategies.
  • Conducting support groups, recovery activities/events, and harm reduction groups.
  • Liaising with family members and medical professionals regularly, as permitted by the participant.
  • Conducting non-clinical assessments and screenings and providing feedback to the participant.
  • Providing training and distributing Naloxone.
  • Completing documentation in a timely manner.
  • Attending all required trainings (recovery coaching, certified intentional peer support, motivational interviewing, ACEs and resilience, etc.)
  • Attending regional and statewide conferences.
  • Helping to keep the recovery center organized and presentable.
  • Attending regular supervision.
  • Perform other duties, as needed.

PSS Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Reliable transportation within the Oxford Hills area.
  • CIPSS or NCPS certification and Recovery Coaching certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Lived experience with substance use disorder and identifying as being in recovery.
  • Proficient interpersonal and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated compassion.
  • Experience using various technology. Efficient using computers, communication via email, and basic data entry.
  • Open-minded and non-judgmental
  • Ability to be available on some weekends, as needed and with advance notice.

PSS Preferred Experience

  • One year providing peer support.
  • Two years of continuous personal recovery.
  • Good knowledge of recovery resources such as the 12-step programs, treatment programs, community support groups, and harm reduction.

 

Call 744-2424 or email karitaylor@wmari.org.

We are also hiring for a full-time Intervention and Peer Support Specialist (IPSS).