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Peer Specialist - Mission Bay

About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at www.swords-to-plowshares.org


Job Title 

Peer Specialist – Mission Bay 


Summary 

This position is responsible for providing supportive services to veterans in residence at Edwin M. Lee Apartments. The key aspects of this position include supporting the achievement of tenant goals, peer support and tenant advocacy. The responsibilities include monitoring the activities of tenants during and after regular hours, responding to emergencies, and completing appropriate documentation, including incident reports and logbook entries, monitoring mealtimes, group facilitation, and working with daytime treatment staff to assist veterans with achieving their goals and maintain housing stability.   

This position is also responsible for coordinating and planning building wide events with the Community Activities Coordinator. This will include working towards building one cohesive community at Edwin M. Lee Apartments given the community mix of veterans and non-veteran, non-supportive housing family residents through engaging activities, holiday themed celebrations and other ideas from the community itself. 


Schedule 

10am-6pm Tuesday through Saturday  


Location 

Edwin M. Lee Apartments, 1150 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94158 


Roles and Responsibilities  

  • Provide peer counseling, referrals, and advocacy to formerly homeless veterans 
  • Facilitate peer groups during and after regular program hours 
  • Accompany veterans to and from their appointments as needed 
  • Assist with follow up and monitoring of tenants 
  • Provide additional staffing and driving support for recreational activities and outings 
  • Monitor and engage tenants to respond to, assess, or report any identified issues requiring attention 
  • Provide non-clinical support around access to substance use and mental health services 
  • Ensure timely and accurate filing of progress notes using a web-based data system 
  • Communicate effectively with daytime treatment staff to ensure the well-being of tenants 
  • Develop and maintain effective interface with community resources for advocacy and linkage to services assisting tenants in achieving stated goals 
  • Respond to emergencies including completing incident reports, log book entries and the notification of supervisory staff 
  • Attend community and tenant council meetings monthly 
  • Engage tenants in the creation of onsite groups and activities 
  • Work closely with the onsite Community Activities Coordinator and Community Organizer staff to ensure coordination of events within the building 
  • Attend required meetings and trainings  
  • Perform other related duties assigned by supervisory personnel 

 

Requirements 

Education 

  • High School Diploma 

Experience 

  • Experience in a residential environment of persons with histories of homelessness with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders 
  • Experience facilitating or participating in Vet-to-Vet group counseling or other peer related modalities  
  • Translatable military experience and skills may be alternatively substituted 

Qualifications 

  • Experience in crisis intervention 
  • A working understanding of the readjustment problems of veterans, mental health, alcohol and other drug dependencies and homelessness 
  • Must be able to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation 
  • Must have ability to walk up and down stairs 
  • Current California driver’s license and good driving record 
  • Employee must be able to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative 

Skills 

  • Ability to engage clients while maintaining appropriate boundaries 
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member 
  • Written and oral communication skills 
  • Computer literacy 

 

Working Conditions: 

  • Must be able to perform all essential job requirements and responsibilities within what would be considered reasonable accommodation. 
  • Ability to walk up and down stairs 

 

Equipment used: 

  • Computer data entry, Fax, Copier, Telephone 

 

Salary & Benefits 

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits: 

  • Excellent medical and dental packages 
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution 
  • 17 vacation days in the first year 
  • 12 holidays every year 
  • Wellness program 


About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Location

On-site
San Francisco, CA, USA

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