JOB DESCRIPTION – Peer Support Specialist
The Peer Support Specialist (PSS) is an essential part of the South Shore Peer Recovery (SSPR) team helping to fulfill our mission to “create a safe space in the heart of the community where people with lived experience join together to build skills, provide support and find hope in recovery.” Reporting directly to the Center Director, the PSS will work with individuals who seek recovery support services; at the drop-in center, through technological means, and in the community. The PSS will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator to individuals with substance use disorder to help them initiate and/or maintain recovery and prevent relapse while promoting long-term recovery and overall wellness.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
- Work with individuals to create individualized Recovery Wellness plans with specific goals and actions aimed at building recovery capital.
- Meet one-on-one with individuals after recovery is initiated to facilitate change and support them in taking an active, self-directing role in their recovery process.
- Support people during transition periods to increase access to and utilization of community resources through recovery education, wellness planning, and connection to supports and self-help strategies.
- Model the optimistic spirit of recovery, self-advocacy, personal responsibility, and skillfully use one’s own recovery journey as a tool.
- Actively identify and support linkages to community resources that support the individual’s goals and interests: communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual aid groups, professional services, etc
- Collaborate with institutions and stakeholders to provide effective recovery support services
- Maintain appropriate records and data collection according to required time frames.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding information received during the facilitation of recovery support services
- Engage in continuing professional development relative to recovery support services.
- Report to designated supervisor and participate in individual and group supervision.
- Administrative duties to include recovery plan creation, data collection and entry.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills:
- Personal lived experience with substance use disorder.
- A minimum of six months continuous recovery from substance use disorder and demonstrated active participation in one’s pathway of recovery.
- Demonstrated experience helping others in recovery.
- Associates Degree in applicable field or equivalent experience.
- Experience working in community based recovery setting preferred.
- A genuine empathy and caring for others and the desire to help them on their path to wellness.
- Familiarity with multiple pathways of recovery and ability to support them.
- Willingness to share one’s own experience in an open and skillful manner.
- MBSACC Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, Certified Peer Specialist or equivalent (or eligible to earn respective certification and initiate within 6 months)
- Demonstrated skill in actively listening, asking good questions, awareness of self and treating people as resources for themselves.
- Understanding of and adherence to professional boundaries.
- Ability to work within multiple settings, prioritizing appropriately.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable, insured transportation.
- Timeliness, professionalism, meticulous record-keeping and strong organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently using good judgment.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong computer skills including ability to use Microsoft Office and database systems.
Reporting Relationship: The PSS works as part of the SSPR team with staff and volunteers reporting to the Center Director or designated Peer Support Supervisor.
- Ability to move about the office and community using own transportation.
- Ability to communicate clearly verbally by phone and in person.
- Flow of work and character of duties require normal mental and visual attention along with manual coordination in duties much of the time.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand with some sitting; reaching with hands and arms; using hands to finger objects or controls; push and pull with force. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and/or peripheral vision.
Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, with work occurring at the center and in the community. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Benefits/Compensation: This position is a full time (40-hours per week) salaried position, based in the Scituate office, with regional travel required. Schedule is generally Monday-Friday days with occasional night and weekend work as needed. Competitive salary offered commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Benefits package includes health insurance (80%), paid holidays, and sick/personal time.