Requisition Number: PA095-PESP-H-07-2020-02
Job Title: Certified Peer Specialist
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: B - 2 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: N/A
Salary Range: $17/hour

Certified Peer Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

Under authority of the Site Manager, the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) provides peer support services; serves as an advocate; provides residents with information and guidance and serves as a role model of recovery for both staff and resident.  CPS helps consumers to develop self-help skills and build support networks.  CPS encourages the use of community resources including assisting consumers to find and utilize recovery focused social and recreational opportunities. 


This is a long term, temporary assignment.



Responsibilities/Duties

  • To support and promote the mission statement and values of the Prevention Space program.
  • To maintain a safe, supportive and recovery-focused environment that fosters growth and rehabilitation as well as facilitates the development of natural supports and self-help skills.
  • To maintain the environment in accordance with acceptable community standards for cleanliness by assistance in performing household maintenance tasks and partnering with residents to provide life skills training.
  • To engage residents in a trusting and supportive relationship, providing emotional support within the professional boundaries, as needed.
  • To support the individualized recovery plans of the resident with the aim of achieving and maintaining physical health, mental health and emotional well-being as well as participation in the recovery processs.
  • To assist the resident in obtaining the goals she or he has set in their recovery plan.  
  • It is expected that 80% of the Peer Specialist’s time will be spent in direct, face-to-face interactions with the resident or others on her and his behalf. Concerns will be communicated to the resident’s Care Manager for additional support.


Required Experience

  • Experience providing support and partnering with individuals with co-occurring disorders is preferred

Required Education

  • Associate's Degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of community resources, consumer advocacy and the ability to function within a team setting
  • Valid PA Driver’s License and reliable transportation

Program Summary

The City of Philadelphia has partnered with RHD to develop the COVID-19 Prevention Program, which is a non-congregate site for individuals who are at higher risk of COVID-19 according to the CDC and FEMA. The program is open to those who are 65 years old or older, or have a compromised immune system, or have an underlying respiratory condition, or have a chronic illness, and live in a congregate setting.  Individuals will be permitted to stay until the threat of infection has been minimized at their existing congregate site or until another residence is available. 
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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.