Peer Support Specialist
San Diego, CA 92108
$18.27/hr - $19.23/hr DOE
PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) is seeking candidates passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others to join our new Mission Valley PSH site as a Peer Support Specialist.
In addition to a rewarding work environment, we offer our employees a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and a retirement plan.
WHAT WE DO
Since its foundation in 1984, PATH has pioneered bold and effective approaches to assist people experiencing homelessness. PATH operates services throughout California, connecting our clients to a comprehensive continuum of homelessness prevention, street outreach, employment preparation and placement assistance, individualized case management, supportive services, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing.
Mission Valley is a new Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) development in San Diego that will provide homes and on-site supportive services for people who have experienced homelessness. The PSH setting centralizes services on-site to ensure residents have immediate and easy access to the resources necessary for long-term housing stabilization, improving their quality of life and community integration.
WHAT IS A PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST?
As part of the multidisciplinary PSH team, the Peer Support Specialist builds positive relationships with residents to provide them with assistance and support with their transition to housing, accessing necessary services, and linkage to mainstream resources. Responsibilities of the Peer Support Specialist include:
WHAT YOU BRING
- Collaborating with the PSH team and residents to develop individualized service plans (ISP) that are client centered and identify clear objectives
- Promoting and following the PSH program’s established values, guidelines and rules
- Utilizing motivational interviewing to help residents increase their opportunities and linkages to community resources, decrease social isolation, and address behavioral health and substance use needs
- Providing case management support including monitoring ISP progress, assisting residents with documentation necessary to remaining in stable housing, and crisis intervention
- Maintaining documentation standards as set forth by PATH polices and the program contact
We’re looking for candidates that:
- Have lived experience with homelessness, mental health, or substance use challenges; Peer Support Certification strongly preferred
- Have experience providing direct client services
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively with diverse communities
- Possess a high level of tolerance and understanding for individuals with urgent and multiple case management and health needs
- Work just as well independently as they do on a team
- Exercise mature judgement, and are highly motivated, self-starting and proactive
- Are excellent at communicating, whether in writing or verbally
- Have a strong sense of prioritization and can coordinate multiple demands in a high-pressure environment
For this role the Peer Support Specialist must:
READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH ACTION?
- Be able and willing to work flexible hours which may include evenings or weekends
- Maintain regular and consistent attendance
- Have employment eligibility verification
- Have or be able and willing to obtain CPR/First Aid training
- Have reliable transportation and:
- A valid driver’s license
- Auto Insurance
- The ability to qualify for PATH insurance coverage
- Successfully complete the following as a condition of hire:
- Tuberculosis Test
- Background Screening
- Drug Test
If this sounds like you, please visit our PATH Careers Site
and search for JR# 1719
to submit your application. A resume is required.
PATH provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PATH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.