Since 1979, the Portland community has trusted Central City Concern (CCC) to help people create meaningful, long-term change. Every year, we serve more than 13,000 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness with affordable and supportive housing, person-centered health care, addiction recovery and employment assistance. By providing health care, housing and jobs, CCC is ending homelessness in Portland and helping people achieve their highest potential.
CCC’s Flip the Script is seeking a Peer Support Specialist to join our team!
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.
Flip the Script (FTS) aims to increase employment and housing outcomes among program participants exiting incarceration. This position is responsible for providing culturally responsive services to African American clients. This position supports individuals who are formerly homeless and/or in recovery in obtaining and maintaining employment. The FTS Peer Support Specialist works independently and as a member of a team to provide community and home/facility-based health, recovery, employment, and housing support services to individuals who are formerly homeless and/or in recovery. The Peer Support Specialist will escort and provide transportation to primary care providers, parole or probation appointments, twelve-step meetings, and other outside support meetings. The Peer Support Specialist will work with EAC/ DCJ/PTP case management staff and supervisor.
The Successful Candidate:
You are a skilled relationship-builder and can partner collaboratively with internal care teams and outreach partners to ensure clients are receiving the care they need. You are passionate about ensuring your relationships with clients and program staff are strong and built on trust. You are able to learn how to intervene in crises in a clinically and culturally appropriate way. You are able to consider the impacts of structural racism, oppression, and individual bias when making decisions.
Duties to Include:
- Participate in outreach efforts to engage clients, including appointments, resource referrals, and work in the community.
- Develop relationships with organizations, providers, community leaders, and advocacy groups.
- Connect participants with services and supports.
- Collaborate with case management team, agencies, client’s support networks, and community providers to address the needs of clients.
- Assist with screenings, intakes, treatment plans, discharges, and follow-up calls
- Escort clients to initial treatment episodes, to primary care provider, and to other providers when appropriate.
- Follow up with EAC/ DCJ/PTP case management staff about referral resources to determine outcome of intervention.
- Maintain records on their progress.
- Introduce clients to appropriate self-help support and other supportive services/activities.
- Advocate and provide referral services to assure that clients get access to a variety of services and benefits, including mental health and physical health services.
- Help support the EAC/DCJ/PTP case management with admission and discharge planning for any client needing hospitalization or subacute level of care.
- Certified recovery mentor, peer support specialist, community health worker, or peer wellness specialist prior to start.
- Must not actively be on parole or probation.
- Engaged in African American culture. Knowledge of African American history and cultures.
- Minimum of 1 year experience working with re-entry population implementing successful strategies with ex-offender’s that promote successful reintegration into the community.
- Applicants in recovery from chemical dependency and/or personal experience involved in the criminal justice system strongly preferred.
- Ability to adhere to Central City Concern’s drug-free workplace which encourages a safe, healthy and productive work environment and strictly complies with the Drug-Free Work Place Ace of 1988.?An employee shall not, in the workplace, unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use a controlled substance or alcohol.
- Flexible work schedule required, including some evening and weekend work.
- Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, TB test, and background check.
- Physical ability to bend, stoop, kneel, squat, twist, reach, pull and lift heavy objects.
- Must be able to climb stairs several times a day.
- Must pass a DMV background check and be designated an “acceptable” driver as outlined in Central City Concern’s Fleet Safety Policy. Must pass an initial Annual Drivers training and then pass an annual Recertification training.
- Central City Concern offers an incredible benefits package to our employees!
- Generous paid time off plan beginning at 4 weeks per year at the time of hire. Accrual increases with longevity.
- Amazing 403(b) Retirement Savings plan with an employer match of 4.25% in your 1st year, 6% in the 2nd year, and 8% in your 3rd year!
- 10 paid Holidays PLUS 2 Personal Holidays to be used at the employee’s discretion.
- Comprehensive Medical, Vision, and Dental insurance coverage.
- Employer Paid Life, Short Term Disability, AND Long Term Disability Insurance!
- Sabbatical Program offering extended time off at years 7, 14 and 21.
Central City Concern is a second chance employer and complies with applicable laws regarding consideration of criminal background for employment purposes. Government regulations, contractual requirements, or the duties of this particular job may require CCC to conduct a background check and take appropriate action to address prior criminal convictions.?