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Certified Peer Specialist - Resources for Human Development [RHD] (PA) Posted 5/11/2016
Resident Peer Specialist - Recovery Retreat Peer-Run Respite House (CA) Posted 3/28/2016
Executive Director - Another Way Inc. (VT) Posted 3/28/2016
Soteria Program Manager (VT) Posted 3/23/2016
Operations and Policy Analyst 1 [Office of Consumer Activities Coordinator] (OR) Posted 3/21/2016
Iris Place Peer Run Respite Director (WI) Posted 3/15/2016
Research Interviewer - The Disability Policy Consortium
(MA) Posted 3/3/2016
Peer Run Respite Program Coordinator - Grassroots Wellness Peer Run Respite (WI) Posted 2/16/2016
Community Services Board Director for the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs
(VA) Posted 1/28/2016
Community Bridger – Northeast Recovery Learning Community (NERLC) Posted 1/18/2016

Certified Peer Specialist - Resources for Human Development [RHD] (PA)

Posted 5/11/2016

Job Summary
This position requires a self-motivated person with extensive knowledge of and involvement in the recovery movement. Qualifications include lived experience of extreme states that include hearing, seeing, or sensing things that others don’t and unusual beliefs. Knowledge of the Hearing Voices Network is desirable.

The position involves skill in engaging individuals and promoting wellness mutual aid groups as well as in facilitating a variety of peer-led support groups. This includes but is not limited to groups that integrate Wellness Recovery Action Plan ethics and values, trauma-informed approaches, and adhere to the values and ethos of Intentional Peer Support and Hearing Voices Network. The mutual aid facilitator will also train peers in peer recovery approaches that result in certification, including but not limited to Mental Health Recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Plan and Hearing Voices Network knowledge and understanding.

The unique opportunities of this position require a creative and flexible individual who is committed to growing their recovery knowledge. Training in the aforementioned approached that are not listed in the job description qualifications will be offered through employment opportunities. The position requires someone who can work independently and enjoys working collaboratively with others to advance the vision of growing informal community-based peer support and mutual aid in Montgomery County.

For more information please contact David Son CPS and co-director at 484-681-9432 or david.son@rhd.org.


Resident Peer Specialist - Recovery Retreat Peer-Run Respite House (CA)

Posted 3/28/2016

The SHARE! Recovery Retreat is a Peer-Run Respite House in the San Gabriel Valley for people with mental health issues.

Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

The SHARE! Recovery Retreat provides short-term (14 days) respite for up to 8 guests at a time where guests participate in recovery activities such as goal setting, self-help support groups, and other guest-initiated peer-support services.

SHARE! needs qualified candidates for the position of Peer Resident Specialist who have extensive personal experience in self-help support groups, are passionate about recovery, and want to help others find their own path to change and grow.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate daily activities at Peer-Run Respite House
  • Model recovery behavior and be a role model
  • Coordinate transportation to self-help support groups and appointments
  • Manage high-stress situations/interventions
  • Coordinate and participate in house meetings and meals
  • Help others negotiate conflict
  • Provide crisis management as needed
  • Make community linkages for people
  • Assist with outreach and special events


  • Significant recovery experience
  • 3 – 5 years of personal experience attending self-help support groups
  • Ability to leverage community resources, e.g. get donations of food, services, etc.
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Self-starter, able to take a project and run with it
  • Non-judgmental acceptance of others
  • Bilingual any language a plus, Spanish, any Asian languages desired
  • Minimum 1 year of sobriety/abstinence required if applicable, 2-5 years preferred
  • Honesty, Willingness, Open-mindedness, Desire to grow
  • Sober Living/Collaborative Housing experience a plus
  • BA degree a plus
  • Managerial experience a plus
  • CADC, CAADAC or LADE not required.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a cover letter detailing your passion for self-help support groups, your personal experience attending self-help support groups and why you want to work at SHARE! to: jobs@shareselfhelp.org or 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA 90230 or FAX to (310) 846- 5278.

All SHARE! job postings are at www.shareselfhelp.org/programs/share-jobs


Executive Director - Another Way Inc., Montpelier (VT)

Posted 3/28/2016

Another Way Inc., Montpelier Vermont seeks reliable, capable Executive Director.

Another Way is a Community Center in Montpelier which provides a safe and friendly place to share community, to network and to learn from each other. We welcome everyone, especially persons seeking to overcome struggles and live well. Another Way grew out of the psychiatric survivor movement to counter oppressive systems of control and we continue to advocate for freedom and self-determination of care. Another Way promotes equal rights, participation and protection of the needs and interests of the peer mental health community, provides provides advocacy, outreach, information, referrals, crisis intervention, access to housing resources, peer support, supported employment, and educational opportunities. Holistic health opportunities and classes.

The Executive Director has administrative responsibility for the operation of the program with an annual budget of $430,000 and 22 staff. Candidates should have lived experience of involvement with the mental health system and/or peer community. Ability to integrate conflicting perspectives, foster collaboration and inspire participation across diverse viewpoints and stakeholder interests is a must.

Daily operations, management of personnel, oversight of major improvements to physical plant, manage multiple grants and contracts and maintain strong involvements with coalitions, financial management and budgeting experience and understanding of peer values and organizations is crucial.

Salary $50K - $60K plus full benefits

To reply, send a cover letter and resume to ED.Search@AnotherWayvt.org by May 1, 2016


Soteria Program Manager (VT)

Posted 3/23/2016

Program: Soteria
Location: Burlington
Type: Full Time with Benefits

The Program Manager is responsible for overseeing a voluntary five-bed residence in Chittenden County for individuals experiencing an early episode of psychosis and seeking to avoid or reduce reliance on medication. Based on Dr. Loren Mosher’s successful project from the 1970s, Pathways Vermont Soteria provides non-coercive supports in a homelike environment focused on interpersonal and psychosocial approaches.


  • Overall responsibility for residents and quality of Soteria experience
  • Supervision of Shift Supervisors
  • Present 22 hours a week at the house (including network meetings)
  • Coordinate and oversee contract service providers
  • Update policies and procedures as needed
  • Oversee training program for all Soteria staff
  • Work with the Intake Coordinator/Intake team for eligibility criteria/referrals/admissions/ and after-care support
  • Manage ongoing program evaluation
  • Prepare and deliver regular reports to funders, and regulatory bodies as necessary
  • Oversee and execute incident reporting to DMH, licensing and APS
  • Develop and manage program budget
  • Oversee staff time cards, reports to HR
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission
  • In-depth knowledge of psychiatric alternatives and psychosocial approaches to mental health and wellbeing
  • Master’s degree in human services field or comparable experience
  • At least three years of management or leadership experience
  • Patience, creativity, flexibility, compassion, and sensitivity to persons with disabilities and other minority populations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - the ability to network with area service providers, funders, and community stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license, a reliable personal vehicle available for work purposes and current automobile insurance
  • Ability to share one’s own personal transformative life experiences
  • Personal experience of psychosis/extreme states will be considered an asset


Thank you for your interest in joining Pathways Vermont. To apply for an of the positions listed on this site, please send a cover letter and resume to employment@pathwaysvermont.org


Operations and Policy Analyst 1 [Office of Consumer Activities Coordinator] (OR)

Posted 3/21/2016

Salary: $3,339.00 - $4,862.00 Monthly
Location: Salem, OR
Job Type: Permanent
Department: Oregon Health Authority
Job Number: OHA16-0351
Closing: 4/4/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

We Value...
service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity, innovation and partnership.

NOTE: A cover letter is required for this position (please see additional information section).

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is a state agency dedicated to helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being through partnerships, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees.
OHA is the organization at the forefront of lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians. OHA is overseen by the nine-member citizen Oregon Health Policy Board (http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/index.aspx) which is working toward comprehensive health and health care reform in the state.

The Health Authority is focused on transforming Oregon's health system by:

  • Improving the lifelong health of Oregonians
  • Increasing the quality, reliability, and availability of care for all Oregonians
  • Lowering or containing the cost of care so it is affordable to everyone 
OHA includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state's health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law. 
This employment opportunity is with the External Relations Division (ERD), Office of Consumer Activities, which is part of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). There is one permanent, full-time position located in Salem (500 Summer Street NE). This position is represented by a union.
This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
Duties & Responsibilities

The Office of Consumer Activities Coordinator implements and completes daily activities within the External Relations Division of the Oregon Health Authority. .

Duties include:

  • Providing and arranging for technical assistance to develop and maintain consumer/peer run organizations to strengthen consumer and recovery individual representation within advisory and governing bodies and to implement a statewide or regional network of consumer advocacy.
  • Providing training, consultation and technical assistance to OHA staff, contractors and providers to relay current, state of the art methods to address the concerns, needs and desires identified by consumers related to behavioral health programs and services.
  • Assessing system performance, pertinent outcomes and measures including the impact on the lives of consumers in the system.
  • Initiating and conducting special studies related to services for specific populations by identifying local, state and national data sources, research literature and surveys with the objective of improving system effectiveness to initiated positive change.
  • Developing and preparing agendas; and facilitating meetings, including focus groups and meetings with advisory councils. Identifying stakeholders, advocates and key decision–makers as participants.  
  • Drafting policy recommendations based on the assessment findings to External Relations Division (ERD) leadership.
  • Using Needs Assessment findings to develop a catalog of services and resources.
  • Ensuring the distribution of materials to the appropriate community members using effective technologies.
Normal office environment with travel and occasional overnight stays.

Must have a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record. If not, you must be able to provide an alternate method of transportation.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills.


Any combination of experience or education equivalent to three years technical-level experience that typically supports the knowledge and skill requirements listed for the classification. 

Note: Transcripts are required to be attached to your application if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and clearly show 1) your name; 2) the name and address of the institution; 3) the degree received and; 4) required courses completed with a passing grade. For application purposes, photocopies are acceptable; however official or original documents may be requested to validate education. 

The following skills, knowledge, abilities and experience are desired at the time of hire:

  • Must be a Certified Peer Support Specialist or Certified Peer Wellness Specialist in Oregon at the time of hire or become certified within nine months of hire date. Certification is required to maintain employment in this position.
  • Experience advocating for issues related to behavioral health
  • Experience facilitating large diverse groups
  • Experience providing technical assistance to behavioral health consumer organizations
Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the desired attributes will be invited for an interview.
Additional Information

A cover letter (as a separate document) that clearly addresses the following two questions:

  1. If you were asked to participate in a statewide training on recovery, how would you relate your experience so that the consumer in the audience will connect with you?
  2. How have your experiences helped you prepare for the Office of Consumer Activities Coordinator position?
If you do not respond to each of the above questions, you may not be offered an interview. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the desired attributes will be invited to interview. Please save and attach as Cover Letter OHA16-0351.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1383544/operations-and-policy-analyst-1-office-of-consumer-activities-coordinator)

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call 503-945-6377 (voice) 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the OHA, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

OHA will communicate with all applicants by e-mail.

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

>  A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.

>  A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org, and select veterans' preference.

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon employment application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on the announcement. A resume' (text or attachment) will not replace the work experience section of the application. For help with applying online, please contact 1-877-204-4442. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Email Addresses Required
The State of Oregon requires all applications have a valid email address. 
If you do not currently have an email address and do not know where to go to get one please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's web page. Click on the link below to go directly to question #14 to view several internet providers where you can get a free e-mail account. The state of Oregon does not endorse any particular provider.

Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's

If you need assistance with adding attachments to your application please go to Applicant E-Recruit FAQs and review FAQ #33 for further instructions. This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

The Oregon Health Authority is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity


Iris Place Peer Run Respite Director (WI)

Posted 3/15/2016

NAMI Fox Valley develops and offers education, support, outreach, and advocacy programs that seek to break down stigma and to support and empower all those in our community who are affected by mental illness.

The agency’s Iris Place Peer Run Respite program, which is funded primarily through a contract with the State of Wisconsin, provides a safe and welcoming environment with an opportunity for individuals experiencing emotional distress or crisis to grow and change through the support of others with lived experience. Iris Place’s 5-bedroom peer run respite center is run by and for individuals who identify with lived experience with mental health and/or substance use. The program provides 24/7 peer support, linkages to community resources, and improved outcomes and quality of life for callers and guests.

Primary Responsibility and Accountability
The Iris Place Peer Run Respite Director, who reports directly to the agency’s Executive Director, will have overall operational responsibility for the Peer Run Respite’s staff, activities, funding, financial stability, and execution of the program mission. In addition, the Iris Place Director will provide organizational and community leadership and demonstrate qualities consistent with the values of the program.

Major Position Functions
The Iris Place Director will be primarily responsible for the following:


  • Act as a liaison among the program staff, Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Iris Place Advisory Board.
  • Serve as the agency’s primary liaison with the State of Wisconsin and other Wisconsin peer run respite programs.
  • Identify strategies to meet needs of program staff, callers, and guests.
  • Provide peer support to program staff, callers, and guests as appropriate.
  • Build and enhance collaborations to make the best use of available community resources for implementation of services.
  • Inform the program with current best practices, research, evidence-based practices, SAMHSA recovery principles, and dimensions and principles of peer support to ensure that Iris Place operates with a recovery orientation.
  • Maintain accurate records of timelines, deadlines, activities, and volunteer personnel needed to accomplish tasks.
  • Oversee implementation of effective marketing and communications plans, community outreach strategies, and public relations efforts for the program.
  • Manage all aspects of facility operation, including ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations.
  • Represent NAMI Fox Valley, in the capacity as Iris Place Director, on committees, task forces, and initiatives, and attend community and state events as appropriate.
  • Organize and lead regular meetings of the Iris Place Advisory Board.
  • Ensure fidelity with the work plan through activities including policy development and implementation.


  • Support the Executive Director in hiring and supervising Iris Place staff.
  • Encourage staff development through coaching, mentoring, and supervision.
  • Address staff performance issues and utilize leadership skills to delegate efficiently, foster teamwork, and support program operation.
  • Facilitate “co-reflection” staff meetings and support staff training and development needs.
  • Facilitate scheduling and time tracking to ensure 24/7/365 coverage, including vacation and sick time coverage.


  • Ensure program excellence and outcomes through oversight, quality assurance, and data driven modifications.
  • Ensure adherence to established outcome-based evaluation systems for activities and services in order to comply with requirements of funding sources.
  • Report to the State of Wisconsin regarding outcomes and program progress and evaluation as required, including by preparing for and participating in the State’s annual contract site visit.


  • Directly manage financial operation of the Iris Place program, including by administering the budget, monitoring income and expenditures, and assessing the financial condition of the program.
  • Regularly report on the program’s financial status to the Executive Director, Finance Committee, and Advisory Board.
  • Work together with the Financial Manager and Executive Director to develop and monitor program budget and work plan, including the annual budget contract with the State of Wisconsin.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date records of finances as they pertain to program income and expenses.
  • Evaluate budget and provide regular financial accounting to funders as required, including providing monthly financial expenditure reporting to the State of Wisconsin.
  • Approve, code, and ensure timely payment of all program expenses.

The ideal candidate for the position of Iris Place Peer Run Respite Director will:

  • Be a Certified Peer Specialist.
  • Understand principles and best practices of peer run respite and its core activities and operations.
  • Be able to establish appropriate relationships of trust, hope, and empowerment by providing empathy and sharing own lived experiences to facilitate achievement of recovery goals.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, emphasizing team-building and the ability to work with a variety of individuals.
  • Have a minimum of two years management and supervisory experience.
  • Possess solid budget-management skills, including preparation, analysis, and reporting.
  • Have experience with design and development of data collection and analysis for monitoring program outcomes and success.
  • Be extremely self-motivated, with the ability to work effectively and handle multiple concurrent tasks and projects with minimal supervision in high-paced environment with deadlines.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • Be able to professionally present self in internal and external communication. 
  • Exhibit ethical behavior, cultural awareness, and an ability to build trust and rapport in activities involving individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Have demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners and diverse populations including the corporate sector, community groups and government agency staff.

Iris Place is values based, that there is an expectation of staff, volunteers and guests to hold the values of the space. The Iris Place Director is expected to fully understand and uphold the values of Iris Place.

Our Values:

  • We believe that healing happens in relationships.
  • We believe in hope and that recovery is possible for everyone.
  • We believe in respect for self and others.
  • We believe in creating a space that is welcome and healing.

Benefits & Work Requirements
Full time, salaried position.
Salary based on experience.
Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Maren Peterson, NAMI Fox Valley Executive Director via e-mail at maren@namifoxvalley.org or mail to NAMI Fox Valley Attn: Maren Peterson, 211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton, WI 54911. Interviews will take place as applications are reviewed. Please contact Maren Peterson at maren@namifoxvalley.org or call (920)954-1550 with additional questions.

NAMI Fox Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NAMI Fox Valley will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


Research Interviewer - The Disability Policy Consortium (MA)

Posted 3/3/2016

The Disability Policy Consortium is looking for a part-time research interviewer. This is a short-term position.

The interviewer will complete up to 30 telephone interviews with people who recently used urgent care, paramedics, or emergency services. The calls last approximately one hour. Ideally the candidate will have some basic knowledge or experience as an interviewer.

Understanding of research and research protocols is a plus. Pay will be $25 per hour up to a maximum of $5,000 dollars over the course of a year. Training will be provided. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Kimberley Warsett at kwarsett@dpcma.org. An understanding of healthcare is preferred. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Peer Run Respite Program Coordinator - Grassroots Wellness Peer Run Respite, A program of Grassroots Empowerment Project (WI)

Posted 2/16/2016

Position: Peer Run Respite Program Coordinator (Full-time)

Start Date: March 29, 2016 – Although negotiable if necessary

Position Description: The Peer Respite Program Coordinator will work closely with Respite Director to provide trauma-sensitive peer support and team leadership within the Peer Respite. Duties will include substantial direct support, program development, data collection & management, and assistance with community outreach and engagement. All peer respite staff will be responsible for direct support, team collaboration, and general responsibilities. All peer respite staff will provide substantial direct traumasensitive peer support to respite guests and will support each other as a team to keep this core service a priority.

Supervisory Relationships: The Program Coordinator will be supervised by the Respite Director and will assist director in volunteer supervision as necessary.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development & Collaboration

  • Work closely with respite leadership in program development including: support groups, volunteer involvement, and warmline activities
  • Collaborate with respite leadership to offer ongoing training of respite staff or designating training and training logistics appropriately
  • Collaborate with team members to offer ongoing groups and connection as is possible with past respite guests
  • Collaborate with director to create opportunities and provide supervision and training for volunteers

Data Management & Coordination

  • Lead efforts for data collection and management – including delegation and training of peer supporters
  • Assist director in efforts to coordinate and maintain documentation as required
  • Assist director, as requested, in evaluation, analysis, and reporting

Community Outreach

  • Assist director to offer general outreach to community groups and organizations to share information about the respite
  • Collaborate with the team in the facilitation of orientation meetings about the peer respite to interested individuals
  • Collaborate with the respite team to provide education about the peer respite with current and potential community partners, at conferences, or other similar opportunities
  • Collaborate with director to develop supportive relationships with community partners and services

Direct Support

  • Maintain a consistently accessible presence at the peer respite and support guests as needed/desired
  • Support respite guests to self-determine and advocate for their needs and desires
  • Partner with the guests at the respite to identify and connect with resources
  • Partner with the guests at the respite to maintain desired existing natural supports and services in the community
  • Support individuals at the respite who seek to identify goals, dreams and desires for their wellness, recovery and/or futures
  • May accompany or provide transportation to guests to appointments, meetings or community resource settings in an effort to support the above goals

Team Collaboration

  • Engage in clear communication with fellow team members and ensure that all team members have access to the necessary communication tools to communicate with one another
  • Share leadership of Grassroots Wellness team meetings and attend all other required GEP team meetings.
  • Attend a selection of GEP sponsored events and trainings throughout the year when their schedule allows


  • Hold and exemplify the values of GEP, Grassroots Wellness, and trauma-informed practice
  • Maintain confidentiality of individuals at respite according to requirements
  • Maintain documentation as required
  • Guide and support the peer respite entrance process
  • Participate in the general upkeep of the respite space
  • Share responsibilities for answering the respite phone
  • Share on call duties with other full-time respite staff
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and/or Experience:

  • Lived experience with psychiatric and substance use disorder diagnoses, extreme states and/or trauma, and/or history of mental health/substance abuse challenges
  • Experience in advocacy, group facilitation and/or peer support
  • Experience in public speaking preferred
  • Experience sharing leadership responsibilities, working within a team, and delegation
  • Certified Peer Specialist, Intentional Peer Support, Emotional CPR and other Trauma-Informed trainings and WRAP facilitation training preferred (training will also be offered post-hire as available and needed) and familiarity with recovery values and principles required. Ability to provide trainings preferred.
  • Knowledge and appreciation for the history of the consumer rights movement


  • Ability to act as an advocate and empower individuals to take leadership in their own recovery
  • Ability and willingness to use own recovery experiences in an open and intentional manner
  • Access to reliable transportation required (with access to your own vehicle strongly preferred)
  • Bilingual/bicultural in English and American Sign Language, Hmong or Spanish preferred
  • Ability to participate in physical tasks involved in household upkeep which may include general cleaning, laundry, raking, mowing, shoveling and similar
  • Understanding of Microsoft Office programs, email, basic IT skills, and the ability to train others as necessary


  • Safe and approachable, including when under pressure
  • Respectful of and compassionate toward other people’s thoughts, behaviors, ideas and needs
  • Self-starter and able to work well without close supervision
  • Energetic, and confident in approach and outlook
  • Curious about and open to peer support and alternative solutions, - keeping up-to-date on information about peer support, recovery, medical model alternatives.
  • Confidence in using personal experience, interests, and talents to contribute to the development of the program

Hours and Compensation

  • Full- time
  • Salaried position starting at $30,000 – $32,500 depending on experience
  • Competitive benefits package including health insurance, life insurance, and paid vacation

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter by 10 AM Monday February 29* to:

Kate Laird, Peer Run Respite Director

*Resumes and cover letters will be accepted and reviewed as they arrive


Community Services Board Director - Office of Consumer and Family Affairs (VA)

Posted 1/28/2016

Exciting opportunity to work as the CSB Director for the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs [Fairfax – Falls Church VA]

Responsible for agency-wide planning, strategy, and development of consumer and peers services in the CSB. Serve as an agency-wide leader for integrating peer services throughout the CSB. Collaborates with multiple community groups and county partners. Manages multiple contracts and is responsible for quality assurance monitoring.

Illustrative Duties:

    Provides leadership and oversight of human services programs and/or activities;

    Provides managerial direction and guidance to supervisors in the delivery of services in such a manner as to carry out agency goals in accordance with policies and mandates;

    Develops and provides oversight of program goals and work plans and assures the quality provision of services;

    Leads in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of program policies and procedures;
    Interprets and implements federal, state, county and department policies and procedures;

    Ensures quality business practices in program implementation and service delivery;

    Provides oversight to evaluation of service delivery and program satisfaction surveys;

    Continually evaluates and improves program effectiveness. Seeks and shares information about national, state and local initiatives for application to the program;

    Engages community members in identifying issues and seeking solutions through prevention strategies, capacity building, resource development, and partnering;

    Establishes and maintains relationships and partnerships with community organizations and other human service agencies;

    Develops and maintains knowledge of community needs and assists with the development and delivery of services to meet identified needs;

    Interprets the service to the community in order to provide the necessary understanding of client families to other community services and resources and to stimulate the required coordination and development of supportive services in the community;

    Manages the program budget to ensure effective use of agency resources to achieve program outcomes;
    Develops program outcome measures and the program budget;

    Monitors program expenditures and performance measures and recommends adjustments or modifications to assist with achievement of desired outcomes;

    Oversees service delivery, budget/expenditures, and evaluation of services funded through grants;

    Monitors service delivery, expenditures and outcomes provided through contracted services;

    Works in collaboration with other department managers to coordinate program development, agency goals and services designed to meet client and community needs and to ensure quality customer service;

    Develops and maintains an appropriately balanced and culturally diverse staff assuring responsiveness to the diversity of the client population and the community;

    Plans and implements, in coordination with other managers, a continuing, structured staff development program;

    Provides opportunities for staff initiative and development;

    Supports and improves ability of program staff to provide services by employing strategies to access needed resources, changing or establishing policies and procedures, and raising issues to senior management for decisions or approvals;

    Stays current on the use of technology to improve program management and service delivery.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

    Ability to plan and direct the activities of a large group of human services professionals;

    Ability to work successfully with other managers for strategic planning, to develop common outcome measures, and to share responsibility for achieving goals;

    Ability to successfully work with county and school officials and community leaders.

    Knowledge of the principles and practices of casework supervision;

    Knowledge of current social service trends and methods/approaches to address them;

    Knowledge of the principles, methods and problems of organization and management;

    Knowledge of business process redesign methodologies;

    Knowledge of strategic planning;

    Knowledge of budgeting;

    Knowledge of contract services management;

    Knowledge of human resources management practices;

    Knowledge of performance management;

    Thorough knowledge of federal, state and county regulations and guidelines relating to the assigned area of specialization and the ability to accurately apply, interpret and administer them;

    Ability to solve problems and resolve conflicts;

    Ability to develop and implement creative approaches to address needs;

    Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;

    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;

    Ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries to find common ground with a widening range of stakeholders;

    Ability to develop professional networks with individuals and groups, both internal and external to the organization;

    Ability to work with a personal computer and multiple software applications.

Employment Standards:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in social services or human services, or with major course work in a specialty that confers within a community-based service delivery setting (for example, child development and family studies, education, public administration, recreation), or other related field; plus five years of professional experience in the social services, human services, or other community-based service delivery service or setting; two of which included supervising professional staff. A master's degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Work is located in general office. Must be able to independently transport self and fulfill duties at other sites as needed. Able to observe, process, and document supervisory information including program data and staff performance. Able to access, input and retrieve information from a computer.

Not applicable.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver's record check, to the satisfaction of the employer. May be required to provide emergency services work in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Personal experience with recovery for self or significant others, and the willingness and discernment of when to use that experience in the performance of job duties is strongly preferred.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or disabled veteran’s status.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.


Community Bridger – Northeast Recovery Learning Community (NERLC)

Posted 1/18/2016

Job Purpose: The Community Bridger is a peer specialist who provides support and assistance to individuals as the transition from psychiatric units at Tewksbury Hospital into various community-based living arrangements in the Northeast Area of Massachusetts.

Reports to: NERLC Program Support & Peer Bridging Supervisor

Duties and Responsibilities:

    Essential Job Functions:

    Provide support, education, information and training to assist individuals transitioning from hospital to the community.

    Collaborate with Inpatient Staff at Tewksbury Hospital to identify individuals who would like community bridging and would benefit from this type of support

    Facilitate regular Community Transition Groups at Tewksbury Hospital to orient and educate individuals about community bridging supports.

    Orient individuals receiving community bridging support to mental health supports and services available in their local communities, as well as natural supports (such as libraries, fitness centers, community events, religious organizations, substance use support groups like AA and NA, etc.).

    Assist individuals receiving community bridging support to acclimate to their immediate neighborhood by identifying the nearest grocery store, laundromat, post office, banks, public transportation routes, employment resources, etc.

    Assist individuals receiving community bridging support to brainstorm ways to overcome barriers to accessing community-based supports.

    Assist with skill building as needed in such key areas as using public transportation, budgeting, self-advocacy etc.

    Gradually reduce bridging supports over three-months after hospital discharge in conjunction with supporting the individual’s growing self-confidence and self-sufficiency.

    Maintain strict standards of confidentiality at all times, in accordance with federal HIPAA laws

    Attend and participate in NILP and NERLC staff meetings

    Provide proper documentation of services via the WILD data system and as needed for DMH documentation of services


    Must be a peer with lived experience of mental health issues/trauma/extreme distress.

    Willingness and confidence to share his/her own recovery story.

    Familiarity and ability to articulate key concepts of recovery, self-advocacy, self-help and empowerment.

    Familiarity and ability to articulate key concepts of trauma-informed care.

    Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of people from different ethnic, cultural, racial, economic, and gender identity backgrounds.

    Must be a Massachusetts Certified Peer Specialist, or have plans to become certified within 6 months of hire.

    Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with hospital staff and community-based providers of mental health services.

    Prior experience facilitating groups and/or meetings.

    Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    Prior experience working with peers in a recovery-oriented settings and willingness to learn and grow on the job

    Ability to work some evenings and/or weekends.

    Outreach and community organizing experience

    Experience in designing and/or providing group and individual training.

    Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills.

    Independent Travel and reliable transportation required

Compensation: Nonexempt / Hourly: mileage reimbursement available

The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons with disabilities, women, and persons of color to apply for this position.

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