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Find rewarding work in any of the peer support jobs we offer at Strength In Peers. Strengthen your own recovery, support the recovery efforts of our participants, and learn valuable skills with frequent training and educational opportunities. We are an equal opportunity employer proud to offer our employees:

  • Competitive wages
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement plan
  • Holidays and other paid time off
  • Built-in wellness days to focus on your personal recovery
  • Flexible schedules
  • Short-term disability
  • Flexible medical and dependent spending accounts

Peer Recovery Specialist

Full-Time (40 hours/week)

Strength In Peers seeks a qualified Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) position working out of its Harrisonburg office. This full-time outreach position will provide peer support for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use symptoms as a result of the COVID pandemic, while dually encouraging people in our community to get vaccinated for COVID. Training and coaching in peer support skills will be provided.

Position Summary:

The Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) is an individual with lived experience overcoming substance use, mental health, and/or trauma- related challenges who offers peers support to others seeking recovery. The PRS functions as role model, exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills, and inspires hope that recovery and resiliency are achievable goals. The PRS supports individuals to achieve their personal recovery goals based on self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery. This position assists others to: articulate their recovery goals, learn and practice coping techniques, monitor their progress, navigate community services, and advocate for their needs and preferences with service providers.

General Job Duties:

  1. Provide peer support services to individuals with substance use, mental health, and/or trauma-related challenges.
  2. Educate individuals about various pathways to recovery and available services that support recovery.
  3. Provide participants with Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) resource information on the importance of COVID vaccination.
  4. Collaborate with community leaders and conduct outreach initiatives to support vaccination, mental well-being, and decreased substance use.
  5. Assist individuals in developing health coping strategies during the pandemic.
  6. Provide referrals for health care, behavioral health, housing, employment, and other needs.
  7. Collaborate with case managers and other providers to plan and coordinate services to mutual participants.
  8. Transport and accompany participants to appointments and community resources.
  9. Collect and report data on activities and participant outcomes.
  10. A complete list of tasks and duties will be provided in the position’s full job description.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Identify as a person in active recovery from substance use, mental health, and/or trauma-related challenges.
  2. Believe that anyone can recover and thrive; support all recovery pathways.
  3. Support COVID vaccination.
    3. Able to connect with others and inspire confidence, hope, and healing.
    4.   Able to communicate effectively in writing and interpersonally in one-on-one and small group settings.
  4. Strong knowledge of computer applications for data entry, word processing, email, and internet navigation.
  5. Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
    7. Completed CPRS training and certification a plus.
    8.   Driver’s license required.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to Director@StrengthInPeers.org. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Only applications that provide both cover letter and resume will be considered. Please no phone calls.