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HOPE Peer Employment Specialist




POSITION TITLE: Employment Specialist

REPORTS TO: Program Coordinator

Overall Function: To provide recovery and employment support services to individuals seeking employment and assistance with their wellness and recovery. Provide recovery-oriented services; promote self-directed care, prevention, choice, mutual support, enrichment, and rights protection.

Responsibilities: Assist with the daily operation and provide recovery support and employment services to participants as needed.  Duties include, but not necessarily limited to:

•    Mentoring and coaching within established health and wellness programs

•     Provide opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery process

•    Confidentiality

•    Assist in job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are consistent with the needs and interests of the participant, following the principles of supported Employment.

•    Assist in the development of resumes, completion of applications, cover letters, etc.

•    Provide on the job supports to participants as they request, and problem solve difficult job tasks or issues

•     Provide individualized, unlimited follow along supports

•     Promote the utilization of natural resources within the community;

•     Facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth;

•     Participate in meetings and provide advocacy as the participant requests

•    Assist the participant in communicating with employers, practicing job interviewing skills

•     Complete all necessary documentation

•    Adhere to all program policies and procedures

•    Carries out other duties as assigned.


•    Have personal experience and knowledge of recovery; and a belief that everyone can work

•    A genuine hope and optimism that their peers will succeed and can recover

•    A sincere interest in the welfare of their peers, including the ability to see each person as a unique individual

•    A willingness to learn the supported employment model, recovery model and adhere to MHA mission and core principles

•    A willingness to share their own recovery experience

•    An ability to flexibly engage people based on their level of receptivity and individual needs, acknowledging that even the same person may need different types of peer-based services at different points in their recovery process.

•     Have demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing;

•     Be able to establish trusting relationships with their peers and community partners

•     Be able to work independently and as a member of a team;

•    Be able to provide direct peer support services;

•    Be able to work evenings and weekends;   

•    Have enough knowledge of city's public transit system;

•    Be able to use computer to record services or be willing to learn

•    Be able to complete Peer Support training within 12 months of hire

•    Complete documentation and return phone calls in a timely manner


It is the responsibility of each MHA-NE employee to:

A.     Treat all participants with dignity and respect, consider participant needs, and advocate for the people we serve.

B.     Maintain confidentiality of agency, participants, employee and salary information.

C.     Promote the human dignity, rights, safety and well-being of program participants served professionally and ethically handle agency and participants money and property.

D.     Fulfill all responsibilities as a mandatory reporter.

E.     Display a positive attitude towards program participants, community partners, and the agency.

F.     Demonstrate good communication with program participants, supervisors, peers, outside resources and family/guardians.

G.    Demonstrate good attendance

H.   Punctually attend all assigned meetings, in-services and trainings.

I.      Demonstrate involvement as a team member. ·

J.     Adhere to all applicable regulations, laws, policies, procedures, and know and understand your job description.

K.    Submit paperwork and meet job responsibility deadlines as assigned.

L.    Maintain all required approvals/licensures/certifications.

M.   Maintain a good driving record

N.   Position will contain medium physical work consisting of exertion of up to seventy (70) pounds of force occasionally, exerting up to twenty (20) pounds of force frequently and exerting up to ten (10) pounds of force often to move objects. This position consists of a combination of sitting, standing, or walking.

0.  Other duties as assigned.

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