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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 Professional” 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 Professional 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 Professional will be an employee of CMWN and receive supervision from the Peer Support 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 Professional field 

ADMINISTRATIVE/GENERAL DUTIES:

  • Participate in weekly individual supervision meetings with CMWN Peer Support Supervisor. 
  • Participate in regular weekly team meetings with Peer Support 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. It is preferred the candidate have completed a Peer Support Specialist training with a minimum of 70 hours. Please contact CMWN if interested in Peer Support Training. 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  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 Cary Carner, Peer Support Supervisor  at [email protected] (.) Please put Peer Support Professional 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

The Communications Specialist is responsible for planning, creating, and executing all marketing/communications efforts in collaboration with the marketing team. This involves developing and refining both internal and external organization messaging. Additionally, the Communications Specialist is also responsible for supporting public relations and fundraising efforts as needed.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS

  • Leverage the Network’s overarching Strategic Plan to produce and fulfill annual communications strategy.
  • Prepare both long term communication initiatives (annually) as well as short term content plans (weekly). 
  • Define and track communications goals and measures of success. 
  • Update marketing handbook as needed and oversee staff, interns, and volunteers to ensure compliance and brand consistency.
  • Maintain accurate information and consistent brand style across all social media accounts and communication channels.
  • Promote events, classes, workshops, and fundraisers through social media, adhering to established advertising budget.
  • Write copy for mass email campaigns, and proofread, edit, and approve all mass email campaigns prior to distribution.
  • Develop monthly content to communicate key happenings in the Network’s monthly Newsletter. 
  • Manage, engage, and respond to community comments across social platforms.
  • Manage, create content for, and report data from the following accounts:
    • Google AdWords and Google Analytics
    • Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Ads

SUPPORTING FUNCTIONS

  • Assist Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator in developing and ensuring consistency in advocacy talking points and general public messaging.
  • Work with PR lead to refine public relations outreach and communication for major happenings in the organization and Peer Movement.
  • Proofread and edit all marketing, educational, and other materials prior to distribution.
  • Collaborate with Executive Director to identify significant legislation, social movements, and advocacy opportunities and distribute responsibility for reporting, analyzing, and making public comments.
  • Assist Executive Director in developing and ensuring consistency in advocacy talking points and general public messaging.
  • Support the communications of all fundraising/giving campaigns. 
  • Assist Executive Director in mobilizing community members for legislative hearings, public demonstrations, sit-ins, and other advocacy activities.
  • Write accessible explanations of mental health related policy proposals and legislation for public distribution.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma/GED
  • 2+ years of experience in marketing and social media management
  • Valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle or other dependable transportation to and from the office
  • Excellent  writing and storytelling skills to demonstrate the impact of the Network’s work.
  • Computer proficiency with knowledge and experience of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, WordPress, HootSuite (or equivalent), Kindful CRM (or equivalent) MailChimp (or equivalent), and Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Familiarity with principles of social marketing and email marketing.
  • Ability to be creative with marketing and advertising on a minimal budget.
  • Excellent organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Basic understanding of mental health recovery concepts and familiarity with the mental health treatment system.
  • Personal lived experience with mental health, substance use, trauma and/or co-occurring conditions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working for a nonprofit organization.
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or nonprofit management with coursework in nonprofit marketing and communications.
  • Background working in, or collaborating with others in a Public Relations capacity (i.e. firms & agencies).
  • Experience in creating fundraising campaigns.
  • Ability to manage paid search and social advertising. 
  • Understanding of the peer support-based recovery movement.

SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIPS

The Communications Specialist reports directly to the Executive Director and fulfills requests for writing, advertising, and other communications services from other staff members. 

WORK HOURS, LOCATION, SALARY

This is a contracted position with the potential to grow into a full-time role. Currently this involves 10-20 max. hours per week (pay range $23/hr - $27/hr). This role is currently remote – but candidates should be Colorado residents with the ability to meet in the Denver office as needed.

TO APPLY

If you are interested, please send your resume, cover letter and writing sample to Chad Spangler, Operations Manager at [email protected]


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 Support Professional 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.