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SUMMARY
The Peer Support Specialist Supervisor (PSSS) is responsible for providing coordination, leadership, and expert consultation to the Peer Support Specialist team. Peer Pathways to Wellness is a behavioral health equity program to provide peer support to people experiencing homelessness, mental health, substance use and/or trauma conditions, and other underserved populations around the Denver Metro Area. 
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and indirect supervision of the Recovery Education Manager, the PSSS serves as a team leader in carrying out the mission, vision, and values of Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN). The PSSS is responsible for day to day operations, including supervision, scheduling and support of Peer Support Specialists, communication with partners, and program management. This is currently a grant-funded position and subject to continuation of the grant award.

This is a full-time position (40 hours a week) located in the Metro Denver area. Currently the majority of hours will be spent at your home office and at a later date during the pandemic; CMWN office and Peer Pathways to Wellness program locations. 

Peer Support Leadership & Supervision

  • Provide weekly individual Peer Support Specialist supervision, ongoing support, and strength based feedback to Peer Support Specialists for multiple community sites as the program grows. 
  • Design an appropriate weekly group supervision forum to promote leadership and development for the Peer Support Specialist. Work with the Recovery Education Manager and/or Executive Director on appropriate guidelines.
  • Identify and provide further training needs with the Recovery Education Manager for  Peer Support Specialists.
  • Provide guidance and consultation to Peer Support Specialists and external community site supervisors and staff about the peer support role, boundaries and peer support role integrity.  
  • Works to create a supportive working environment that encourages trauma informed and culturally competent interactions that build collaboration and create a kind and respectful atmosphere at all our program sites.
  • Collect evaluation data from partnership sites and support Peer Support Specialists with the importance of being data driven.
  • Assist Peer Support Specialists with information, tools and techniques necessary for optimum job performance. 
  • Work with the Executive Director to ensure the strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the Peer Support Specialist team and are integrated in the goals, objectives and work.

Management of Programs and Community Engagement and Coordination 

  • Serves as community liaison between CMWN and Peer Pathways to Wellness program sites to manage the Office of Behavioral Health grant and budget. This includes updating, maintaining and logging inventory, making purchases to keep supplies in stock, managing the monthly budget and reporting to the Operations Manager. 
  • Responsible for purchasing, distribution, budget and documentation of supplies.
  • Assist with research to support grant writing requirements 
  • Research and suggest improved processes, policies and opportunities to increase funding, strengthen the program and grow capacity.
  • Provide leadership, administrative management and consultation to Peer Support Specialists, CMWN and community site administrators.
  • Identify and provide further education/training needs for Peer Support Specialists to enhance and continue ongoing support 
  • Research, initiate and build relationships with new potential Peer Pathways to Wellness sites with the support of CMWN (Executive Director, Recovery Education Manager, and Operations Manager).
  • Attend relevant stakeholder meetings and events on behalf of the organization and represent CMWN’s mission and objectives.

ADMINISTRATIVE/GENERAL DUTIES:

  • Responsible for overseeing that Peer Support Specialists provide accurate daily record keeping of hours worked
  • Responsible for supporting the Operations Manager with managing PTO requests and documentation.
  • Participates in weekly CMWN team meetings
  • Lead weekly PSS group meetings with identified agenda
  • Participate in monthly Peer Pathways to Wellness staff meetings
  • Conduct ongoing performance evaluations and provide appropriate feedback
  • Keep records and report accomplishments
  • Provide superior customer service to colleagues and community members by promptly returning phone calls and email messages, as well as maintaining open communication to internal and external staff and individuals.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Intermediate experience as a Peer Support Specialist Supervisor or other relevant supervisory/management roles (2+ years experience)
  • Experience in the field of Peer Support Professional (2+ years experience)
  • Individual should possess an associate's or bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study, and must have completed Peer Support Specialist training. 
  • Has an advanced knowledge of mental health, substance use and/or trauma conditions, Colorado and SAMHSA Core Competencies of Peer Support Workers, recovery principles and values, and the social services industry. 
  • Experience with program coordination, management and achieving program goals consistently.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle and willingness to travel within the Denver-metro area periodically. 

SKILLS

  • Must be computer proficient with knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google software 
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Excellent ability to model recovery and self care 
  • Excellent communication both verbal and written
  • Critical thinking
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Intermediate Management skills
  • Strong experience with providing effective individual PSS supervision 
  • Ability to give and receive constructive and strength-based feedback
  • Excellent ability to model and possess leadership qualities
  • Ability to work with a variety of people
  • Ability to work with executives as well as high level community experts
  • Ability to professionally represent CMWN in alignment with our mission and core values
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Possess strong organizational skills 

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS
Directly reports to the Executive Director, indirectly reports to the Recovery Education Manager 

SALARY RANGE
Salary range commensurate with experience. CMWN offers excellent health benefits and generous benefits

WORK HOURS
Estimated 40 hours per week

HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested please send your resume and relevant cover letter to Chad Spangler, Operations Manager at [email protected] Please put Peer Support Specialist Supervisor in the subject line. 


CMWN is an equal opportunity/anti-discrimination employer
The Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CMWN 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 recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

CMWN expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CMWN’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

SUMMARY
This is a part-time position doing outreach, navigation and providing peer support in person, on the phone and virtually for individuals as part of Peer Pathways to Wellness program. For this position, a “Peer Support Specialist” is defined as an individual living in recovery from mental health, substance use and/or trauma conditions with at least 70 hours of Peer Support Specialist training.  The Peer Support Specialist will function as a role model to peers; exhibit competency in personal recovery and use of wellness tools; and serve as a peer advocate, providing information, resources and peer support for people in various settings. The Peer Support Specialist will be an employee of CMWN and receive supervision from the Peer Support Specialist Supervisor and additional support from its Executive Director, Recovery Education Manager, Operations and Program Manager, and Program Coordinator. This is a grant-funded position and subject to continuation of the grant award.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Perform targeted outreach in and around our partnership sites in Denver and other future locations identifying people in need of support.
  • Receive referrals from location staff and work with individuals to determine their needs. 
  • Assist in obtaining services that suit that individual’s support/recovery needs by providing names of staff, community resources, and groups that may be useful.
  • Inform individuals about community and existing supports and how to use these in the recovery process. 
  • Connect individuals to appropriate social service agencies and/or enroll in benefits as needed [specific training will be provided].
  • Works to create a supportive working environment that encourages trauma informed and culturally competent interactions that build collaboration and create a kind and respectful atmosphere at all our program sites.
  • Lead peer support groups with support and guidance from a CMWN peer support staff.
  • Utilize wellness tools including Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) to assist individuals in creating their own personal wellness and recovery plans.
  • Support partnership sites and future location staff by de-escalating situations in which an individual is in distress and needs trauma-informed peer support interventions. 
  • Provide individuals with emergency supplies as needed (e.g., bus tickets, hygiene products, first aid items). 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the Peer Support Specialist field 

ADMINISTRATIVE/GENERAL DUTIES:

  • Participate in weekly individual supervision meetings with CMWN Peer Support Specialist Supervisor. 
  • Participate in regular weekly team meetings with PSS Supervisor
  • Participate in monthly all staff CMWN team meetings 
  • Provide superior customer service and maintain a positive attitude when working in person,  on the phone and virtually
  • Provide accurate documentation using CMWN data software every time they meet with someone. 
  • Adhere to requirements and reporting needs of the grant.
  • Maintain communication with co-workers
  • Other duties as assigned 

QUALIFICATIONS
Individual should possess a minimum of a high school diploma and/or GED and have good working knowledge of the social services industry. The candidate must have completed a Peer Support Specialist training with a minimum of 70 hours. The candidate must have lived experience with mental health, substance use and/or trauma conditions. The candidate must have an understanding of the recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using the Colorado Core Competencies for Peer Specialists, and have knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individual clients in self-directed recovery. The candidate should have experience working with multiple stakeholders in the healthcare field and demonstrated ability to perform targeted community outreach. Must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel within the Denver-metro area periodically. Must be computer proficient with knowledge of Microsoft Office software and possess strong organizational skills. A background check is required for this position, however, failure to pass a background check does not automatically exclude a candidate.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 40% of the time; other times able to stand or move around (approximately 60% of the time).
  • Some work performed outside in the elements, must be willing to work – at times- in exposed conditions when conducting outreach.
  • Use hands/fingers to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer. 
  • Carry, lift, move equipment and supplies weighing up to 30 pounds.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS
Reports to Peer Support Specialist Supervisor.

SALARY RANGE
Commensurate with experience. (No health benefits are currently available for this project, however we do offer generous holiday pay and PTO)

WORK HOURS
15-20 hours per week (M-F)

HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested please send your resume and relevant cover letter to Chad Spangler, Operations Manager at
[email protected] Please put Peer Support Specialist in the subject line. 


CMWN is an equal opportunity/anti-discrimination employer
The Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CMWN 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 recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

CMWN expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CMWN’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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The Colorado Mental Wellness Network provides unpaid internships for academic credit throughout the year. We're seeking Associate's and Bachelor's level interns in any of the following fields:

  • Human services and social work
  • Public administration
  • Communications and strategic communications
  • Administrative assistance and office management

Interns at the Network, depending on interests and experience, may:

  • Assist Recovery Education Manager in conducting and promoting wellness education and Peer Specialist training programs in the community
  • Assist Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator in conducting advocacy training, recruiting speakers for legislative hearings, researching legislation, and advocating to policymakers
  • Assist Communications Specialist in graphic design, web development, social media marketing, and blogging
  • Perform clerical, data entry, and other administrative duties

Interning with the Colorado Mental Wellness Network provides a unique opportunity to use your skills and education to better the mental health and wellness of all Coloradans. We are an organization that promotes peer support and mental health systems change to make recovery accessible for everyone. Many of our interns finish with not only academic credit, but some certificate in wellness planning, grassroots advocacy, and/or peer support work. Additionally, we have a history of hiring interns and volunteers, so this may be the first step to making mental health advocacy your career!

Please email us to apply for an internship or to inquire about current and future openings and application requirements.

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The Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN) provides equal employment opportunities to all employees, interns, and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CMWN 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.

CMWN expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of the CMWN's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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