The Peer Specialist is a member of the Day Services Team and is responsible for helping each assigned individual engage in services to the best of their ability. These services include practical resources like the computer lab, barbershop, showers and beauty salon; the Welcoming Station which helps people get to the service they need for the day including a shelter bed; the Innovation Station which helps people amplify strengths that facilitate recovery and housing acquisition while also solving problems that are serving as barriers to successful housing; the overnight shelter; and the Medical Clinic. Assigned individuals are at the 801 East Men’s Shelter, which is funded by a grant agreement with the District’s Department of Human Services (DHS). Focusing on the timely identification of participant need and engagement, the Peer Specialist works with assigned participants and with multiple systems of care, including those associated with Community Connections (e.g., with Housing Focused Case Management, Employment Services, and the Benefits Specialists); with partner agencies in the shelter (e.g. Medical Services Providers and Shelter Operations), and with outside providers (e.g., housing providers, behavioral health providers). The overarching goal is to maximize engagement in services so that housing acquisition is facilitated. The Peer Specialist is cross-trained in the other service jobs on this contract (e.g. Employment Specialist, Housing Navigator, Housing Focused case Manager), and is able to cross-cover as necessary.
- High School Diploma, or equivalent required; Associates Degree in Human Services preferred
- Experience working with participants who have experienced homelessness and/or supportive housing required.
- Personal experience with homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, or other lived experience is highly desired
- Experience with the “Housing First” model preferred; Experience with Critical Time Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, and Stagewise Case Management also a plus
- Experience working with adults experiencing mental health, substance use, and or trauma preferred
- Experience with non-profit organizations a plus
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals of all levels
Note: All Community Connections employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless Human Resources has approved a medical or religious exemption. All new employees will be required to present a COVID-19 vaccination card or have an exemption request approved by Human Resources prior to starting employment.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS OFFERS GREAT BENEFITS INCLUDING:
- Generous paid time off, including sick, vacation, and 9 paid holidays
- Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
- Agency paid Long-term disability and life insurance
- Employee paid Voluntary life insurance
- Employee Assistance Program
- 403(b) Retirement plan
- Credit union and banking partners including M&T Bank and State Employees Credit Union of Maryland
- Educational assistance after one year of employment
- Professional and leadership development to include supervision hours for those on track for clinical licensure
To apply to this job, please email your resume with “Peer Specialist" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Connections is an equal employment opportunity employer.