Peer Support Coordinator

Salary: Dependent on Experience

City: St. Louis

State: MO

Job Description:

The Full Time Peer Support Coordinator will be a role model to peers by sharing their recovery story, providing encouragement, instilling a sense of hope, and teaching skills to members. The PSC will promote community socialization, recovery, self-advocacy, self-help, and development of natural supports. This position reports to the Director of Operations.

What You’ll Do…
• This position is office and community-based and will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and running peer support and psychoeducational groups
• Responsible for responding to clients who drop in the Healing Center during office hours
• Plan, direct, and attend activities for members, such as monthly celebration dinners, outings, and service projects
• Work with Service Manager and member to assess complex problems and select problem solving interventions to help the member function day-to-day
• Establish helping relationships with members
• Provide individual coaching to members on a regular basis, assisting them in discovering and reaching their personal recovery goals, allowing each member to lead the way in directing their own life
• Participate in intake process from member’s entry into the agency through their access of agency resources, including taking referral calls, conducting intake interviews, member orientation to services, and guiding members through the process as they progress
• Inform members about community and natural supports and how to use these in the recovery process
• Teach self-advocacy, establishing recovery goals, problem solving, and symptom management skills using a variety of techniques
• Work with member to create specific, measurable, and reasonable goals and objectives
• Advocate on behalf of the client plan for needed client resources and services
• Create, implement, evaluate, and update programming and curriculum for peer-based groups
• Work with coworkers to create an atmosphere that is trauma-informed, warm, and inviting to members, being willing to explain the world from a “survivors point-of-view”
• Keep in contact with other peer specialists in the area to share learning within the peer support network


Requirements: This could be a good match if you have…
• Active engagement in own recovery with a commitment to recovery, choices, empowerment, and the ability of people who have been victims of exploitation to find meaningful lives in the community
• Ability and willingness to champion the mission of the organization is essential
• The capacity to provide assistance in a timely, sensitive, and supportive manner based on trauma-informed practice principles
• Knowledge and understanding of the of the impact of commercial sexual exploitation
• A rights-based, harm reduction, and social justice framework
• Knowledge of St. Louis area community resources
• Sensitivity to client social environment and its impact on services
• Flexible and proactive working style, using one’s own initiative to successfully meet program deadlines
• Maintain a working knowledge of current trends in developments in the Peer Support field by reading books, journals, or other relevant materials
• Knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem-solving strategies to support members in self-directed recovery
• Knowledge of the recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using evidence-based mental health practices
• Demonstrated ability to use person-first language and refrain from stigmatizing language
• Demonstrated ability to model appropriate relational boundaries, use team as support, and practice self-care when exposed to high volume of traumatized victims
• Adherence to a strong Code of Ethics and ability to adopt the NASW and CPS Code of Ethics, in and out of the office

Requirements for this position:
• Must self-identify as a current or former consumer of mental health or co-occurring services with experience with commercial sexual exploitation. Must have at least two years of continuous sobriety who can relate to members who are now reaching out for help
• A high school diploma or GED
• Must have completed the Missouri Credentialing Board (MCB) approved training, pass a standardized examination, and completed certification as Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)
• Pass a background check or request an exemption to the findings
• A valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain a Class E License, proof of automobile insurance, and reliable transportation
• The ability to work a flexible schedule, including one night per week, based on member needs

Send Resume To:

Liz Buerck