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The Peer Navigator has personally struggled with substance use and is in active recovery. They have demonstrated resiliency and perseverance in their own wellness or recovery. This role is a community-based peer support position working to provide support to individuals experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, or other vulnerable life circumstances who are also struggling with a substance use disorder. Support and assistance is offered by outreach and engagement in the community and onsite at partnering organizations.
As a Peer Navigator, you will:
- Be willing and effective in communicating about your lived experience and recovery in a way that is beneficial to another person's recovery journey.
- Establish healthy peer support relationships, infusing hope for a better future, and modeling acceptance with a focus on recovery.
- Build relationships with individuals that reside at the local shelters, soup kitchens, community organizations, and on the streets.
- Work in a team and partner with the community and agencies providing services for vulnerable individuals.
- Conduct outreach and develop relationships at local food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, libraries, recovery centers, and other areas where the target population is congregating.
- Provide varying services which may include outreach, education, and support groups, one-on-one peer support, securing basic needs, and helping individuals navigate services and recovery resources in the community.
To be considered for this role, please copy and paste the template below into a cover letter. Please provide 1 – 3 sentence answers to the questions below, unless otherwise noted as a Y/N question.
DO NOT include diagnoses and/or criminal history in your answers! We will not accept this information or pass it along to our hiring managers.
- Have you struggled with challenges maintaining mental health, recovery from substance use or both? Yes / No ONLY
- Are you willing to self-identify on that basis and communicate about your lived experience in a way that fosters a healthy relationship? Yes / No ONLY
- How will you encourage a peer to focus on hope and possibilities instead of fear in their recovery?
- How will you facilitate a relationship with a peer, in which both parties have their needs and wants heard, respected, and discussed?
- How will you explain the benefit of learning together instead of simply trying to fix the other person’s problems?
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Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
- Education: High school diploma or equivalent required; some college preferred.
- License/Certifications: Completion of, or ability to complete, State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) Certification required. Provisional CIPSS Certification required within 12 months of hire date. Ability to maintain certification (meet co-reflection and continuing education requirements.) Ability to provide support according to the values and principles of IPS is required.
- Experience: N/A
- Is receiving or has received services and/or supports related to substance use and is willing to self-identify on this basis with peers and in the community.
- Ability to articulate a recovery network of support and services in the community for self and others
- Completion of Recovery Coach training may also be necessary
- Models strengths-based interactions and treats all individuals with respect. Demonstrates ability to utilize strengths-based approach to problem solving
- Good communication skills and an ability to establish rapport with consumers, family members, caregivers and other resource providers. Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e.. written, verbal, and computer.) Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and moving towards positive goals rather than away from what is not wanted
- Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends
- Computer proficiency required with ability to demonstrate basic computer skills in using Microsoft Office and Outlook email is required
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of volunteers, fellow workers, communities, resources and cultures. Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and growth is required
We offer benefits that support an individual's needs for today and flexibility to plan for tomorrow. Our package includes health and dental insurances, paid parental leave, retirement program, generous paid time off, and much more! Our comprehensive array of benefits are competitive, affordable, and include choices that meet specific, but ever changing, needs.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and over 19,000 employees. It is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.
With a career at any of the MaineHealth locations, you’ll be working with healthcare professionals that truly value the people around them – both within the walls of the organization and the neighborhoods that surround it. We are deeply invested in the wellbeing of our communities and employees. We believe in fostering a work environment of strong commitment, compassionate caring and continuous improvement. Our care – and the science behind that care – is top rate. Join us and your abilities will be challenged and enhanced as you take your career to another level.