Peer Specialist / Case Manager (2398)

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Job Type

Full Time




United States


Peer Specialist / Case Manager (2398)

Days Off: Saturday, Sunday

Pay Range: 33637-37654 annually

Location: Kerner-Scott House

Region: Cascade/Eastlake

Schedule Details: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Shift: Office Day

Insurance Benifits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical

Other Benifits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan

The Peer Specialist is a member of the Services and Housing to Access Recovery Program (SHARP). SHARP serves people who are referred through the Coordinated Entry for All system, specifically single adults in King County experiencing chronic homelessness and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The Peer Specialist has experience as a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share their personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its participants. The Peer Specialist provides expertise about the recovery process, advocacy, symptom management, and the persistence required by participants to have a satisfying life. A condition of employment for this position is to complete the Washington State Peer Counselor Training and obtain certification within 1 year of employment at DESC. Peer Counselors who meet this goal will move into the Certified Peer Specialist position. This is a temporary, full-time position that will run until September 30, 2019 and may lead to future employment opportunities within the agency.


  • Provide outreach and engagement services, as assigned, on the streets, in shelters and, on occasion, in outlying King County areas. Efforts are balanced between initial outreach and follow-up activity.
  • Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to validate participants' experiences and to provide guidance and encouragement to participants to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery. Serve as a mentor to participants to promote hope and empowerment.
  • Act as an interpreter to help non-mental health participant team members better understand and empathize with each participant's unique and subjective experience and perceptions.
  • Provide expertise and consultation from a mental health participant perspective to the team concerning participants' experiences on symptoms of mental illness, the effects and side-effects of medications, participants' responses to and opinions of treatment, and participants' experiences of recovery.
  • Help participants identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and develop strategies to reduce self-stigma.
  • Help other team members identify and understand culture-wide stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness and develop strategies to eliminate stigma within the team.
  • Increase awareness of and support participant participation in participant self-help programs and participant advocacy organizations that promote recovery & link participants to recovery-oriented services.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Certification by the Washington State Peer Counselor Training Program required within 1 year of employment.
  • Current Washington State, Department of Health minimum credential as an Agency Affiliated Counselor in good standing.
  • Must be or have been a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness, should have self-knowledge to manage his/her mental illness and be well along in their recovery.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, reliable vehicle for work and insurable driving record.
  • Ability to communicate to work effectively with consumers and staff from various backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively with clients displaying a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behavior.
  • Experience working with adults who are experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse disorders.
  • Interest or experience in working with participants who are difficult to engage by traditional programs. Ability to deal with participants in a safe, calm & therapeutic manner.
  • Subscribe to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and of consideration and respect for clients.


  • Certification by the Washington State Peer Counselor Training Program
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish/English preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required sit for long periods of time, drive a vehicle with passengers, communicate with other persons by talking and hearing, required to lift and carry items weighing up to 25 pounds and to operate computer hardware systems. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Starting at $15.45 hourly DOQ (Non-Exempt) = High School Diploma, G.E.D or non-relevant bachelor's degree AND not yet certified by the Washington State Peer Counselor training program.

$33,637 - $37,654 annually DOQ (Exempt) = Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in social work, psychology or other relevant social or behavioral science with less than 2 years post-graduate experience with experience with chronically mentally ill adults who have similar backgrounds as DESC clients OR High School Diploma, GED or non-relevant degree and certification by the Washington State Peer Counselor program.

$38,161 - $42,276 annually DOQ (Exempt) = Master's degree in a social or behavioral science or relevant field AND 2 years post-graduate experience with chronically mentally ill adults who have similar backgrounds as DESC clients AND certification by the Washington State Peer Counselor training program


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Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School

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