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Employment Opportunities2018-12-13T16:53:51+00:00

Housing Advocate 

Strength In Peers is hiring a Full-Time Housing Advocate.This position is a grant funded and reports to the Director of Operations. The role of the Housing Advocate is to work closely with project teams and other staff to assist households in identifying appropriate housing opportunities. The Housing Advocate will actively seek out, obtain and maintain relationships with landlords who will work with the organization’s participants.

General Job Duties:

  • Outreach to realtors, landlords, housing developers and other housing providers to identify new and existing housing opportunities and build a strong inventory of available housing options for Strength In Peers participants.
  • Maintain a housing directory of identified housing opportunities and update the directory monthly.
  • Assist clients with housing applications, complete supportive and subsidized housing paperwork, and advocate for participants with prospective landlords.
  • Coordinate and execute events to reach out to landlords.
  • Provide education on maintaining rental housing and budgeting for participants to help prepare them for housing.
  • Mediate landlord/tenant concerns to prevent eviction and episodes of homelessness.
  • Follow-up with participants regarding their housing options.
  • Assess participants’ housing needs and work with participants and Strength In Peers staff to develop housing plans and address barriers.
  • Develop a general familiarity of landlord/tenant laws, support participant adherence to these laws and assist in addressing landlord compliance issues.
  • Adhere to Strength In Peers policies and work rules including confidentiality, mandated reporting, and ethical standards.
  • Assist team members with ongoing continuous quality improvement to enhance program operations, including problem solving, helping to develop programs systems or procedures, or participating in team workgroups.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Human Services, Social Work, or a related field of study is preferred.Experience in lieu of a degree is acceptable.
  • At least two years working in a related field is required, such as case management, social work, or property management.
  • The ability to work with limited supervision and with considerable self-direction is a key to success for this position.
  • Candidate must be resourceful, proactive and comfortable working with diverse populations.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to listen, speak and write effectively and positively, and solve substantial problems is essential.
  • This position requires a demonstrated ability to perform job duties within the context of complex regulations, definitions, and extensive technical documents.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office is a must.
  • Bilingual preferred but not mandatory.
  • Be in active recovery from substance use, mental health, and/or trauma-related challenges, preferred.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to director@strengthinpeers.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Youth Mentor 

Strength In Peers is hiring a Full-Time Youth Mentor. This position is a grant funded position and reports to the Director of Operations. The Youth Mentor is a peer support specialist who provides mentoring to youth who are struggling with substance use, mental health, and/or trauma-related challenges. As a peer, the Youth Mentor has lived experience overcoming similar challenges, particularly during their own youth. The Youth Mentor 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 Youth Mentor assists youth to: share their challenges with people they learn to trust, understand their feelings and actions, learn and practice coping techniques, navigate personal and academic relationships, advocate for their needs and preferences with family members and professionals, celebrate their accomplishments, and develop goals and aspirations for the future. 

General Job Duties:

  • Provide school-based mentoring to youth with substance use, mental health, and/or trauma-related challenges in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Coordinate with school personnel to receive referrals of youth who may benefit from mentoring and arrange sessions with participants during the school day.
  • Collaborate with school administrators, counsellors and therapists to plan and coordinate services provided to participants and referrals to community-based services.
  • Conduct outreach to parents/guardians to obtain consent forms and collaborate with parents/guardians regarding the needs of their children when appropriate.
  • Educate youth, families and the community to support youth with substance use, mental health, and trauma-related challenges; understand various pathways to recovery/resilience; and have knowledge of available supportive services.
  • Facilitate youth support groups and workshops.
  • Participate in professional development activities, including trainings, workshops and conferences.
  • Collect and report data on activities and participant outcomes using a computer-based data management system.
  • Review data, challenges and issues with supervisor.
  • Assist and Support Others
  • Communicate with Supervisors and Peers
  • Establish and Maintain Interpersonal Relationships
  • Document/Record Information
  • Collect and Evaluate Information
  • Make Decisions and Solve Problems
  • Organize, Plan, and Prioritize Work
  • Work Directly with the Public
  • Interact with Computers
  • Tactfully share your personal recovery story to connect with youth and inspire hope.
  • Support participants to understand and work through substance use, mental health and trauma-related challenges.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to plan and/or coordinate supportive services.
  • Administer surveys, assessments, and other enrolment/discharge paperwork.
  • Refer participants and their parents/guardians to school and/or community services.
  • Teach coping skills and strategies to participants and their families.
  • Help participants to understand and navigate personal and academic relationships.
  • Teach participants to advocate for their personal needs and preferences.
  • Help participants to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments, and develop goals and aspirations for the future.
  • Conduct outreach to parents and the community.
  • Record data and notes.

Minimum qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • One to three years working in a related field is required.
  • Subject to certification by the State of Virginia as a Peer Recovery Specialist.
  • The ability to work with limited supervision and with considerable self-direction is a key to success for this position.
  • Candidate must be resourceful, proactive and comfortable working with diverse populations.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to listen, speak and write effectively and positively, and solve substantial problems is essential.
  • This position requires a demonstrated ability to perform job duties within the context of complex regulations, definitions, and extensive technical documents.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office is a must.
  • Bilingual preferred but not mandatory.
  • Have lived experience overcoming substance use, mental health and/or trauma-related challenges. Able to pass a background investigation.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to director@strengthinpeers.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About Us

Strength In Peers is an organization of individuals who have experience overcoming substance use, mental health and/or trauma-related challenges. Grounded in our lived experiences, our team offers hope, support, and advocacy for those seeking recovery so that we can build resilience and thrive in our lives and communities. Strength In Peers is an equal opportunity employer.