Outreach Peer Advocate – F/T February 16, 2024

We are seeking an Outreach Peer Advocate to join our Outreach program.  Peer Specialists provide outreach services directly to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The Outreach Peer Advocate utilizes their lived experiences and demonstrates an ability to use their personal narrative in the service of assisting others. The Outreach Peer Advocate assists in the utilization of appropriate community resources, engagement, and development of wellness and recovery skills. The Outreach Peer Advocate provides information, support, assistance, and advocacy for individuals and/or families.  The Outreach Peer Advocate is uniquely poised to provide collaborative and person-centered support services from a peer perspective.

Some essential functions and responsibilities include:

  • Provides peer support and self-help services to participants as appropriate, including engagement, coaching to develop self-advocacy, communication, and empowerment skills.
  • Assists in a variety of support activities including peer support groups, peer recovery and family and/or psycho-educational groups outcomes for client.
  • Collaboratively works with peers in the development of a strength-based wellness and recovery plans to overcome barriers to good mental health.
  • Develops effective working relationships with agencies, organizations, and community members to respond and advocate for individuals and families from a peer perspective.
  • Communicates effectively, represents and promotes the consumer and/or family members’ perspective within mental health, homelessness, reentry, and other relevant systems.
  • Attends and participates in special events, conferences, and workshops and trainings within the community.
  • Focuses on and is sensitive to client satisfaction with the services received and general satisfaction with services provided.
  • Attends and participates in supervision and multidisciplinary meetings.
  • Assists program staff to implement daily activities.
  • Provides transportation in company vehicle throughout Palm Beach County.
  • Documents all activities as required.

Requirements for the position include:

  • If eligible, holds, or is willing to obtain Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) certification with the Florida Certification Board.
  • Must be able to pass a DCF Level 2 background screening.
  • Upholds to the highest ethical standards and SAMHSA’s Core Competencies.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge and ability to model recovery values including hope, education, self-advocacy, personal responsibility and support.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, high stress environment.
  • Requires High School diploma, or GED.
  • Preferred qualification is completion of Peer Support Advocate training with additional mental health training. If training has not been completed, Outreach Peer Advocate must complete within 6 months of hire.
  • Familiarity with local social service agencies, community resources, and support services preferred.
  • Requires excellent verbal and communication skills.
  • Requires ability to maintain confidentiality of all information.
  • Requires basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, internet software and a web-based database.
  • Ideal candidates are not required to have received services with the Lord’s Place. All candidates who identify as being a peer are eligible for hire. Former clients will not receive special consideration.

Special Requirements and Physical Demands:

  • The ability to conduct numerous and frequent client interviews both in an office and community setting.
  • Maintain a valid Florida State drivers’ license with a satisfactory driving record and eligibility for coverage under any applicable Company insurance.
  • Requires ability to operate business equipment used daily within the organization.
  • May require lifting up to 15 lbs.

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