Peer Support Specialist - Trans+/Gender Diverse Services

Cascade AIDS Project | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 1/09/2023

Job Location: Prism Health - Portland, OR

Position Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $45,088.00 Salary/year

Cascade AIDS Project is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals and people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

Prism Health is the only nonprofit LGBTQIA+ health center providing comprehensive primary care, behavioral healthcare, and pharmacy services in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, and Idaho). Since opening its doors in 2017, Prism Health has become a model for culturally specific care and now serves over 1,500 patients with a wide range of services, from day-to-day primary care and pharmacy needs to targeted services like gender-affirming care and specialized population health screenings. Prism Health is part of Cascade AIDS Project (CAP NW), the oldest and largest service provider in the Pacific Northwest for people living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more about us at and

CAP is excited to announce that we are hiring an experienced Peer Support Specialist – Trans+/Gender Diverse Service. The Prism Health Peer Support Specialist provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to transgender identified individuals enrolled in Primary Care or behavioral health services who have self-identified as desiring peer supports. The Peer Support Specialist works to promote greater independence, community integration, and recovery. Services provided by peers (individuals who have had the experience of mental health treatment and have a state approved certification in Peer Support) include a wide variety of support services and advocacy. Peer Support Specialists contribute to a client's ability to engage in ongoing treatment and work towards less dependence on traditional mental health treatment. These activities acknowledge the importance of involving natural supports in the person's treatment that could positively impact their recovery.

CAP/Prism Health has a commitment to equity and inclusion which is reflected in our hiring practices. As part of this commitment, we seek persons with lived experience of systemic oppression and non-dominant cultures; including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; transgender, non-binary, and other LGBTQ+ people; and people with disabilities, including HIV.

The person in this position will be utilized between Prism Health and Providence Health & Services. This position includes travel throughout the service area for meetings and client home-visits. Must be available to work evenings and weekends for required agency events.

NOTE: This is a non-management, union-represented position. The compensation, benefits, and conditions of work for this position are collectively bargained.

COMPENSATION: $45,088 annually

Successful candidates will have:

  • Lived experience as a person who identifies as transgender and/or gender diverse.
  • Knowledgeable about the lived experience of experiencing mental health and/or substance use issues and willingness to mindfully share those experiences.
  • Desire and ability to engage in equity and inclusion initiatives and discussions in the workplace, including but not limited to engaging in training workshops, team and department meetings, and critical discussions for how CAP can better support the communities we serve.


CAP is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees.

Any non-temporary full-time or part-time employee (working .5FTE or greater) is considered eligible for the benefits below:

Vacation + Leave + Other

  • 16 days of paid vacation (128 hours) each year for the first two years of employment
  • 21 days of paid vacation (168 hours) each year of employment beginning in year three
  • 12 days of paid health leave per year
  • 12.4 paid holidays per year
  • Longevity bonus – two weeks of paid leave on the fourth anniversary, must be used within two years after the date awarded. Additional longevity bonuses are awarded at eight-year and 12-year anniversaries
  • Continue Education Reimbursement
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement (if not assigned a company phone)
  • Pre-Tax Transportation Program


  • 401(k) Plan – CAP matches employee contributions up to 3% of salary, this benefit includes on-call and per diem staff

Health Coverage

  • Flexible Spending Account to set aside employee pre-tax dollars for unreimbursed medical and dependent expenses.
  • Medical and vision insurance – premiums fully paid by CAP for employees (Kaiser Permanente)
  • Dental insurance – premiums fully paid by CAP for employees (Lincoln or Willamette Dental)
  • Voluntary supplemental vision insurance (Lincoln)
  • Employee Assistant Program (EAP)

Life Insurance + Disability + Family Leave

  • Life Insurance ($100,000) and AD&D insurance – premiums fully paid by CAP for the employee (Mutual of Omaha)
  • Long-term disability insurance (Mutual of Omaha)
  • Short-term disability insurance (Mutual of Omaha)

Loan Forgiveness Programs – Employees are eligible to apply to the following programs

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program (licensed and unlicensed providers)
  • Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI) Program


  • Successful completion of an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Addictions & Mental Health (AMH) -approved Peer Support Specialist Training and certification as a Peer Support Specialist.
  • Successful experience working with ethnic, racial, economic, and sexually diverse populations and persons who have experienced homelessness, persons with a mental illness and/or substance abuse.
  • Basic computer and keyboard proficiency using Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook) and working knowledge of the internet.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to travel throughout the service area on a regular basis.
  • Ability to work independently or within a team with accountability; exercise sound judgment and discretion, maintain healthy boundaries, respect, discretion, and professionalism always.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and familiarity with de-escalation techniques.
  • On occasion, be available to work evenings and weekends for required agency events.


  • Bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences field (social work, public or community health, psychology) or one year of relevant work, education, training, or experience.
  • Certified Recovery Mentor certification through MHACBO.
  • Verbal and written fluency in English and Spanish.
  • Experience working with OCHIN Epic electronic health record (EHR).
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in workplace or community settings.

CAP cares about the safety of our team members and clients. All new employees are required to provide proof of vaccination status to HR at the time of hire (unless a documented medical or religious exemption is requested and approved). Employees not subject to a state or federal vaccine mandate will be required to undergo regular testing for COVID-19 at no cost to the employee.

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$45,088.00 Salary/year
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