Position Description: Peer Support Specialist, Community Health Worker
Pay Range begins at $33,280 + Current Array of Benefits
SUPERVISOR: Programs Director Proposed Start Date: ASAP
SCOPE: The Community Health Worker provides a variety of health, stability and wellness-focused services to individuals who have self-identified as desiring peer supports. The Community Health Worker should work to build individual and community capacity to improve health outcomes and eliminated disparities; reduce costs and barriers to good health; and create a more culturally competent and diverse healthcare workforce. Services provided by Community Health Worker should include a wide range of supports, services, and advocacy that contribute to participant’s ability to engage in ongoing treatment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide supportive services in a culturally-responsive, empowering, and non-judgmental manner.
2. Assist Individuals to find and connect to the health and social services they need across a community.
3. Promote Cultural mediation between communities and the health care system.
4. Provide culturally appropriate and accessible health education and information.
5. Keep detailed and confidential records including reporting and intake documentation.
6. Provide informal counseling and social support to community members while advocating for individuals and communities.
7. Work within existing community groups to identify and address the underlying causes of chronic disease disparities while involving community members in a wide range of policy interventions to reduce chronic disease.
8. As needed, participate in health education workshop series’, organizing on-going education and support groups in the community.
9. Providing interactive presentations in the community.
10. Serve as a participant advocate, provide participant information and provide support for participants during emergencies as well as in outpatient, inpatient and mental health diversion settings.
11. Maintain caseload (up to 30 individuals). Monitor and keep case records on clients and report progress to supervisors; participate in well checks, retention calls, and other check-ins as assigned.
12. Maintain all records in accordance with the standards established Urban League standards, as well as all local, state, and federal laws and accreditation guidelines. Assure that all work is properly documented in participant records, or elsewhere, as required.
13. Perform quality assurance activities as assigned.
14. Assist in transporting and attending with participants internal and community based meetings as needed.
15. Provide participants with information about community resources and keep current on referral resources.
16. Perform other related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
· High School Diploma or GED , Required
· Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences field or a combination of at least three year’s work, education, training and/or experience in chemical dependency or mental health treatment, Preferred
· Community Health Worker Certification (or ability to complete certification process), Required.
· Must have personal experience leading to an understanding of the needs of African Americans with chronic health conditions.
· Strong knowledge of local community health services.
· Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and own mode of transportation at the time of hire and throughout the course of employment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
· Knowledge of local community health services, community agencies and support groups.
· Knowledge of public transit system preferred.
· Proficiency in the operation of a personal computer including standard business applications Microsoft office suite including touch screen mobile devices and standard office equipment (copy, fax, scan).
· Ability to facilitate individual and group meetings.
· Ability to work independently.
· Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written manner.
· Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with community members, participants, co-workers, supervisors, participant family members and the general public.
· Ability to handle and maintain confidential information in conformance with HIPAA guidelines.
· Ability to work varied days and hours including evenings and weekends as needed.
About the Urban League of Portland: Established in 1945, the Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the region. We are part of a network of over 90 National Urban League Affiliates across the country and are recognized as one of the leading voices for African Americans and others in Oregon and Southwest. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Our programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. We offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.
Equal Opportunity Statement: The Urban League of Portland is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
Please submit a detailed and compelling letter detailing your suitability for this position and your passion for the mission of the Urban League of Portland, as well as names and contact information of three references and a CV/resume to gro.xdplunull@tnemtiurcer Please include your first and last name and position title “CHW2017” in the subject line. No calls accepted. Position is open until filled, but interested candidates are strongly encouraged to respond quickly. Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply for this job email your details to Recruitment@ulpdx.org