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Peer Support Specialist - River Haven

Company: Central City Concern
Location: Gresham
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

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 River Haven Program is seeking a Peer Support Specialist to join our team!

Schedule: Full time, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm or 8:30am - 5:00pm.

River Haven is an innovative program that will offer integrated housing, health care, and employment services with the long-term goal of eliminating homelessness. We seek to change how these services are delivered to all people, especially vulnerable populations. This position will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team at River Haven to deliver comprehensive, person-centered, integrated services to the Portland Eastside community. The Peer Support Specialist provides recovery-oriented based services to individuals who have self-identified as desiring peer support, community integration and recovery-based relationships.

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:

Work as a member of the River Haven multi-disciplinary team to deliver comprehensive, client centered and trauma informed integrated services.
Actively participate in the integration of services at River Haven and identify new opportunities to improve collaboration between and within service and care teams while carefully following information-sharing guidelines.
Proactively identify opportunities for improvement within River Haven workflows and logistics. Participate in review of River Haven Performance Indicators; review and contribute to continuous improvement opportunities and plans.
Build understanding of and appreciation for diversity among River Haven clients and support their connection to culturally responsive and culturally specific services as requested.
Exemplifies recovery principles in order to show by example that recovery is possible and attainable. Share their own recovery story as appropriate, and walks the road of recovery alongside the service recipient.
Staff the River Haven when open to clients to offer support and consistency in day-to-day operation of the program.
Adhere to the key principles of the Blackburn team: monitor for disruptive behaviors, engage positively with members and model recover-based relationships, while fulfilling the different duties in the day-to-day operation.
Work with peers on specific objectives in conjunction with the client's case manager and/or counselor.
Actively participate in programming development, including but not limited to: peer-led healing and recovery groups, routine events throughout the year and more.
Work with Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor to develop and support new and ongoing programming.
Attend and positively participate in required team, agency, and interdisciplinary meetings.
Coordinate and consult with other team members to keep team informed of issues and progress.
Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with clients, staff, and other community resources.
Educate and advocate for the values and principles of the Recovery Model in River Haven, with staff and with clients.
Work to increase competency of Peer Delivered Services.
Work to increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency regarding Person Centered and Peer Delivered Services


Certified Recovery Mentor or Peer Support Specialist.
Must be registered with Traditional Health Workers Registry prior to start date.
Must meet CCC privileging requirements as required by FTCA.
Current CPR/BLS certification prior to start.
Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, TB test, and background check. This includes clearance by the DHS Background Check Unit.
The OAR prohibits A&D program staff from having within the previous 3 years a DUI conviction or diversion, a felony conviction, or a conviction under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.
Must possess a current driver's license, access to a vehicle, qualify as an Acceptable Driver as designated in Central City Concern's Fleet Safety policy. Must pass an initial drivers training within 60 days of being an approved driver and continued recertification training. Must maintain vehicle insurance coverage of a minimum of $100,000/$300,000 personal auto liability coverage.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: Central City Concern, Gresham , Peer Support Specialist - River Haven, Other , Gresham, Oregon

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