We are seeking a knowledgeable peer specialist to join our Women’s Services team. Under the direction of the Director of Women’s Services, the Peer Specialist provides consumer support directly to women in the utilization of appropriate community resources, engagement, and development of wellness and recovery skills. This position utilizes their lived experiences and demonstrates an ability to use their personal narrative in the service of assisting others. The Peer Specialist provides information, support, assistance, and advocacy for individuals. The Peer Specialist is uniquely poised to provide collaborative and person-centered support services from a peer perspective.
Some essential functions and responsibilities include:
- Develops effective working relationships with agencies, organizations, and community members to respond and advocate for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
- Assists in a variety of support activities including peer support groups, peer recovery and psycho-educational groups outcomes for client.
- Collaboratively works with peers in the development of a strength-based wellness and recovery plan 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.
- Provides transportation in company vehicle throughout Palm Beach County.
- Documents all activities as required.
- Retrieves and stores Food Bank and community supplies weekly.
Requirements for the position include:
- If eligible, holds, or is willing to obtain Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) certification with the Florida Certification Board.
- Demonstrates a working knowledge and ability to model recovery values including hope, education, self-advocacy, personal responsibility and support.
- Requires High School diploma, or GED.
- Preferred qualification is completion of Peer Support Specialist training with additional mental health training. If training has not been completed, Peer Specialist must complete as soon as is feasible based on the availability of training.
- 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.