Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Peer Support Specialist III (Recovery) for the Ambulatory Withdrawal Management Program at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.
The Peer Support Specialist III (Recovery) is a member of a team offering person centered, culturally competent, instrumental, information and emotional support either in person or by phone. The Peer Support Specialist III (Recovery) uses lived experience and basic peer support skills to engage and empower persons served to support their wellness. Offers insight into the experience of living with a mental and/or substance use disorder and relevant recovery supports in order to assist staff in identifying program environments and treatment approaches that are conducive to recovery.
Engages individuals served in a collaborative and caring relationship.
Uses his/her own lived experiences with mental and/or substance use recovery as a vehicle to establish rapport and build relationships with the individuals served and/or their family member(s).
Assists consumers in identifying their strengths and wellness needs in order to establish recovery goals.
Participates in the development of the consumer’s treatment/recovery and, where applicable, assists in development of wellness and recovery plans.
Advocates for resources for consumers and families based on assessed needs.
Provides peer support services and activities.
Maintains a working knowledge of available resources in the community and communicates the same to the team and the consumer.
Acts as a liaison to community resources and assist consumers using these resources to enhance independent living skills and self-sufficiency.
Understands and adheres to Rutgers compliance standards as they appear in the RBHS Corporate Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy.
Minimum Education and Experience:
High school diploma or equivalent.
At least three years of previous relevant experience.
At least two of the three years must be lived experience, with the target population.
Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Peer Support Specialist or Family Advocate. If not certified, documented demonstrated progress toward completion of Peer Support Certification within 12 months is required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to work independently, and as part of a team, in a collegial group environment.
Ability to use a computer to record services and other basic office functions.
Experience working in a social or healthcare field and/or a mental health capacity.
Bilingual skills (Spanish/English or Cantonese/English or Mandarin/English).
Pre-employment drug screening and background check including fingerprinting required.
Valid driver's license required.
Must possess own vehicle or alternate means of transportation for use to outreach individuals served.
Posting Number: 18ST0341
Location: Piscataway (RBHS)
Internal Number: 59153
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.