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Community Peer Support Specialist

**Apply by August 26th for priority interview consideration**

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ABOUT NAMI SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA:

NAMI Southeast Minnesota's mission is to improve mental wellness through listening, advocating, informing and leading.

We are a non-profit organization comprised of people with mental illness, family members and professionals. We offer critical education, advocacy and support programs in the community at no charge to support the individual, their loved ones and the mental health care system. Go to namisemn.org for more details.

JOB SUMMARY

A Peer Support Specialist is a person who has personally experienced a mental health condition, taken an active role in regaining mental health and wellness, and is willing to share those experiences to inspire, educate, and guide others with similar experiences and conditions. Peer Support Specialists perform a wide range of tasks to support individuals in living their own lives and directing their own recovery and wellness process.

RESULTS TO BE ACHIEVED

Create positive peer experiences that will ensure successful completion of the peer support program at an 80% success rate.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Peer Support
  • Assist individuals to develop recovery and wellness goals and identify their strengths, abilities and assets to achieve those goals
  • Develop positive relationships with community resources, groups, and agencies
  • Advocate for individuals living with mental illness
  • Encourage the use of local resources; connect individuals to these resources
  • Educate individuals about the recovery journey as well as mental health and wellness
  • Role model appropriate boundaries and interpersonal communications
  • Demonstrate stigma-busting methods and ways of thinking
  • Model wellness, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, recovery and hope
  • Provide coverage at the Southeast Regional Crisis Center (SERCC) as needed
  • Assist in the training of Volunteer Peer Supporters
  • Support Groups
  • Co-Facilitate Connection Recovery Support Groups as needed
  • Miscellaneous
  • Assist NAMI SE MN in fundraising as needed
  • Other tasks as directed

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Lived experience with mental illness
  • Is a Certified Peer Support Specialist in the state of Minnesota, or is able to complete a Minnesota DHS approved Certified Peer Support Specialist training and pass a certification exam
  • Must maintain certification as required by the state of Minnesota
  • Has a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Can pass a Minnesota DHS Background Check
  • Strong leadership, advocacy, and role model skills
  • Knowledge of community resources

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Provide a letter of recommendation by a member of mental health care team or equivalent
  • Experience working with individuals affected by mental illness
  • Has completed a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • Is willing to complete necessary training to become a WRAP Facilitator

HOURS & BENEFITS

This is a part-time, non-exempt position. Hours are flexible and a work schedule can be negotiated with the Program Director. Some weekend and evening obligations will occur with notice.

This position is eligible for paid time off, medical and dental insurance, and to participate in a retirement savings program.

HOURLY RATE

$16-$19/hour depending on experience

20 hours/week

TRAVEL

Travel may be required several times a year for training and events

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION STATEMENT

NAMI SE MN embraces and encourages our employee’s differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, physical appearance, and other characteristics that make NAMI SE MN employees unique.

NAMI SE MN believes that its human capital is the most valuable asset it has. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of our culture, our reputation, and organizational achievement.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: $16.00 - $19.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

Self-determined schedule

Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

Rochester, MN 55906: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Education:

Bachelor's (Preferred)

Experience:

lived mental health: 1 year (Preferred)

Language:

Spanish (Preferred)

License/Certification:

Driver's License (Preferred)

Certified Peer Support Specialist Certification (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

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