Halfway House Peer Specialist (Part-Time)
Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Halfway House Peer Specialist performs and oversees duties in support of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Halfway House and Lead CD Counselor/ House Manager. The Halfway House Peer Specialist is responsible for providing logistical advocacy, mentoring, education, recovery, and wellness support to individuals and their families, client supervision and is an integral member of a multidisciplinary team that addresses issues of addiction. The Halfway House Peer Specialist manages client data entry and client file management under direct supervision of the Lead CD Counselor/ House Manager.
• High School diploma or equivalent and three to five years’ experience in similar position or field are required.
• Associates Degree in health and human services, secretarial science with one year experience required or equivalent combination of training and experience is preferred.
• Provide client transportation to scheduled appointments.
• Considerable knowledge of the disease concept and addictions.
• Familiarity with the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous.
• Excellent interpersonal communication, organization, and management skills are required.
• Strong PC skills in a Windows environment, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and office support software.
• Ability to operate office machines, including but not limited to photocopying machines and fax machines.
• Ability to understand and follow directions and maintain accurate records.
• Ability to communicate effectively with others verbally and in writing and capable of entering data clearly and accurately.
• Knowledge and experience working with Native American communities, culture, customs and cultural law is required.
• Familiarity with and sensitivity to culture and tradition of the Mille Lacs Band.
• Understanding of non-traditional treatment modalities.
• Commitment to multi-cultural programming.
• Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality with respect to clients to maintain integrity of program.
• Have a good understanding of life skills and be able to perform and teach them to the clients.
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision is required.
• Strong understanding off the different Mille Lacs Band Programs and Services to help navigate client to needed resources.
• If chemically dependent, must be free of dependency for at least one year and be able to demonstrate documentation of sobriety. Documentation shall include two letters of support.
• To complete all tasks and jobs as assigned.
Many chemically dependent people relate better to program staff that are in recovery and can act as a role model in successful recovery of an addiction. Therefore, while not mandatory that the incumbent be in recovery, consideration will be given to incumbent personal history. If in recovery, a minimum of 1 year of sobriety at time of hire.
• Must have current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Coordinate and facilitate educational groups for treatment program.
• Transport clients as necessary.
• Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
• Assist clients as necessary and appropriate while in treatment and recovery.
• Confer with program staff to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress towards recovery.
• Provide written and verbal communication to program staff.
• Maintain client confidentiality and program records.
• Provide life skill training for clients.
• Data entry of client information in client files and in various data entry systems as directed and overseen by the Lead CD Counselor/ House Manager
• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences infrequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with clients, family members, and others.
• Work is almost exclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Little threat of personal danger or risk, although working with certain patients may subject incumbent to periods of moderate to high stress levels.
• The facility is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Employees must be willing to work shifts needed for program coverage. Extra hours and weekend work may also be required. May also require occasional "on call' availability to cover emergency situations.
• Will involve working with many different people who are often distressed in some way.
• Local travel is required, travel outside the state is very limited.