Certified Peer Specialist
Accepting Applications Until 11/02/18
Who We Are
Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. When joining PPL, you become a part of a diverse team whose goal is to assist our residents and communities with the groundwork they need, not only to survive, but also to thrive. We are eager to welcome others to our team who are dedicated to serving our residents and pursuing our mission to build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services.
The Certified Peer Specialist will work closely with PPL Family Services Staff to support residents within PPL’s Family Supportive Housing that are dealing with chemical dependency and mental health challenges. This individual will work alongside families to promote personal wellness, model self-advocacy, and build community support among peers.
PPL’s supportive housing combines rental subsidy with supportive services to help people who face complex challenges live with stability, autonomy, and dignity. PPL provides supportive housing opportunities throughout the metro area for individuals and families from specific populations, including those who have experienced homelessness, are living with a disability, have experienced chemical dependency, or who have a criminal background.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Engage with Family Services staff to provide high quality support to the families to include working individually and as a team player to understand the strengths/barriers and individualized goal plan for each family.
- Immediately report any safety, mental or chemical health issues that arise. Report all incidents to program manager and site staff as necessary.
- Facilitate peer groups to support residents manage day-to-day life challenges using DBT and other skills.
- Assist residents in making and keeping health appointments including therapy, psychiatry and overall medical self-care appointments. Help participants navigate transportation needs, including access to bus tokens, gas cards and driving residents to appointments in personal or PPL vehicle.
- Work with individuals to ensure they are able to maintain their housing by addressing behaviors that may jeopardize housing.
- Utilize skills and community resources to provide crisis prevention and intervention.
- Work with team and participants to plan and facilitate community building activities, resident meetings, and engagement with the larger community. Help residents build social support with family, peers, neighbors, etc.
- Keep accurate, up to date documentation including but not limited to, case notes, incident reports, funder data, support funds, receipts, etc.
- Participate in internal and external professional development, team meetings, case consultation, and attend PPL All Staff meetings.
- Self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to respond to the unique cultural, economic and social needs and resources of residents, using these unique resources to meet their goals.
- Ability to recognize and address mental health challenges, chemical dependency and other problematic behaviors.
- Ability to provide crisis intervention and support.
- Strong group facilitation, mediation, interpersonal, organizational and outreach skills.
- Experience with Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, or DBT skills a bonus.
- Ability to provide Somali interpretation a bonus.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, a good driving record, proof of insurance and a reliable vehicle.
Education & Experience
- High School Diploma or GED Equivalent; Associates degree and experience with target population preferred
- Successfully completed the DHS Certified Peer Specialist training
- Previous experience working with individuals dealing with Chemical or Mental Health challenges a plus
- Current or former consumer of Mental Health Services
- Professional references is not a requirement, however it is preferred
Benefits: This position is not benefit eligible.
Salary: $15.00/hr. (6-10 hours per week)
PPL is an EEO/AA employer. PPL participates in the federal E-verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the organization will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.