Peer Support Specialist

Job Number: 19-223-6796

Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent required. 

DescriptionThis position is within Housing and Homeless Services and is located at Terrace at Oak Springs. Terrace at Oak Springs is an innovative housing complex in East Austin with 50 fully furnished single occupancy apartments for residents with a disabling condition and history of chronic homelessness, half of whom will be veterans. The complex is modeled after other successful Housing First programs across the country and is the first of its kind in Central Texas. Terrace at Oak Springs will have an integrated health clinic offering primary care and behavioral health services, a community room, computer room, supportive employment, outdoor green space, vertical gardens and more. 

The Peer Specialist assists residents affected by mental and physical health and/or substance use concerns achieve their desired life outcomes by sharing their lived experience.  The Peer Specialist has at least one cumulative year of receiving mental health services and is advanced in their recovery. This position shares their story in a positive and motivational manner and works collaboratively with a treatment team to support and encourage the resident's whole health recovery goals.  The PS may provide individual or group services.  Services provided may including training in recovery strategies, self-help, and self-advocacy, accessing healthcare services and community resources, or any other supervisor-approved topic.

The Peer Specialist will utilize the evidence-based practices of Housing First, Harm Reduction, and Trauma Informed Care.  This position will work in partnership with racially and culturally diverse clients to provide flexible interventions aligned with individual stage of change. The PS will work collaboratively with the Veteran's Administration, Austin Public Library, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, and other local organizations in the area to help support residents and encourage involvement in their community.  The position will facilitate community engagement and group activities.  The Peer Specialist will build on strength by fostering an attitude of hope, respect and compassion.

The Peer Specialist performs their job duties in the housing complex, community, and/or clinic. This position requires the transportation of consumers in a personal and/or agency vehicle. 

License(s): Current and valid Texas driver's license and a clean driving record required. Peer certification preferred.

Hours:  Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00am-5:00pm with flexibility; receives shift differential pay on Saturdays.

Salary: $14.78 an hour. 

Integral Care strives to maintain a diverse workforce. We encourage all to apply, including those who have knowledge and/or experience working with underserved populations, including Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and LGBTQA communities.

For specific positions, additional compensation may be available to those who are bilingual in both English and one of the following languages:  Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Burmese. (PM16)