Peer Support Specialist
Position: Peer Support Specialist
Location: East County Housing
Supervised By: Deputy Director
This is a Part-Time/Temporary Position.
Provides program assistance, guidance, crisis support, and administrative support to Youth & Family Services projects.
This position will assist with participant engagement, resource navigation, and participant groups while using appropriate
research methods to conduct duties, lead group exercises, develop professional rapport with participants, and monitor
participant progress throughout the duration of the program.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide administrative and intervention support to program staff, including prepare agendas and activities for
- groups, assist with documentation and data collection, support various meetings and activities, facilitate groups
- and lead activities, provide support for the collection and analysis of data required for reporting purposes
- Utilize shared life experience expertise to advance program interventions and participant satisfaction
- Identify and navigate complex community resources and referral processes
- Apply mental health first aid training to participants in crisis
- Engage in recruitment and outreach activities and advocacy strategies
- Provide aftercare, follow-up, and stabilization support services to participants
- Maintain engaging, professional relationships with participants
- Meet with participants, assess need for and provide supportive services ,and apply designed curriculum as needed
- Perform other administrative tasks as assigned and assist with maintaining proper document storage and auditing
- Perform all other duties assigned.
. Education: High school diploma or GED required; some college preferred; with 2-3 years’ experience in human services and/or applicable life experience. Knowledge: Knowledge of community resources. Familiarity with life experiences common among the transition-age youth population required. Experience with Independent Living Skills issues (financial aid, college admission, GED preparation, housing, transportation) preferred. Familiar with the operations of federal grants preferred. Familiar with community resources and referral processes preferred. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to quickly build rapport with others. Abilities: Demonstrated ability to be culturally sensitive and respect diversity. Essential personal attributes include: stability, sensitivity, flexibility, patience, discretion, warm and friendly disposition and non-judgmental attitude. Skills: Must have effective communication skills and be willing to work as a team player. Bilingual in Spanish preferred. Ability to read and to follow map Other Requirements: Must have a valid California driver’s license, a safe driving record, automobile, a reliable vehicle and be willing to use it on the job.
- Sitting for long periods of time in the homes of client families, in the office or at required meetings.
- Daily traveling in car to clients or to agency and community meetings.
- Frequent note taking and recording in case files by hand.
- Office space is shared.
- The noise level fluctuates from quiet to noisy.
Home Start, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel because of gender, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.
Job Status: Part Time,Contract/Temporary