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Job Opportunity: Peer Recovery Specialist:Wayside Recovery Center

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Peer Recovery Specialist

Wayside Recovery Center


Organization Summary:

Wayside Recovery Center was founded in 1954, and originally focused on helping women escape sexual exploitation. The Wayside leadership abilities quickly realized that an underlying struggle for most of the women we served were problems related to substance abuse. As a result, Wayside began offering cutting edge treatment options becoming one of the nation’s oldest providers of gender specific chemical dependency and co-occurring disorder treatment. Over our sixty-year history, we have continued to be at the forefront of providing innovative, holistic, and gender-responsive services to address substance abuse and mental health needs of women.  Our dedication to quality care led to Wayside Recovery Center being selected as the 2016 recipient of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits Awardee of Excellence.
Wayside includes a group of dedicated employees who work each and every day to help women recover, children to thrive, and families to move forward with new tools for healing and resilience. Wayside’s four sites include our Family Treatment Center, Wellness Center, Supportive Housing apartments, and our Women’s Treatment Center. We provide care for over 600 women and nearly 300 children a year.   By providing an empowering, trauma informed and culturally responsive environment for staff, Wayside empowers women to reclaim their lives while providing a healing environment for growth and renewal. 
Become a part of the Wayside team and make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families.  For more info, visit:
Job location: Twin Cities Metro
Activity Area: Mental Health and Crisis Intervention
Job Category: Health/Human Services Workforce
Closing Date: open until filled
Employment Type: Full Time
income: $15.50-$16.00 per hour - DOQ
Hours: Full-Time (40 hours), Tuesday-Saturday, and capability to work at least two evenings a week. *Specific hours to be discussed with manager.  

Primary tasks:

The Peer Recovery Specialist draws upon their personal growth practice to carry the message of hope and recovery to individuals who are currently enrolled in treatment services.  Personal practice in substance use disorder recovery is required. By offering outreach, encouragement and support, the Peer Recovery Specialist cultivates and secures a connection with the enrolled individual, while teaching personal responsibility and serving as a mentor and function model.  As part of their job tasks, the Peer Recovery Specialist will be asked to provide direct services to individuals in the areas of outreach and engagement, personal assistance in the completion of everyday living expertise, linkage to community supports, transportation, and in-home services.  Information technology is also designed to assist clients identify and move “barriers” aside that prevent them from their recovery goals.  The Peer Recovery Specialist is trained to empower clients that are engaged in residential and non-residential treatment services.

Responsibilities and Additional tasks:

·         Meet with clients on a regular basis, or as needed after initial meeting, to discuss routine recovery issues from a peer perspective.
·         Provide direct assistance in the form of transportation, filling out forms or making phone calls, and accompanying clients to appointments and court.
·         Transporting and staying with clients at crisis appointments
·         Assist in finding necessary community services to meet basic needs
·         Outreach and follow-up with non-residential program participants where they live as needed, help acclimate them to their new surroundings, and explore recovery resources in the area. 
·         Provide education about and attend self-help groups, obtaining sponsorship, and assisting clients in finding recovery support meetings that accommodate their schedules and child care needs.
·         function model behavior that is consistent with and supportive to people in recovery from chemical dependency, such behavior will include upholding ethical standards of the program and reliable attendance
·         Assist with tasks connected with clients arriving and leaving Wayside Women’s Treatment – for example if someone is leaving against staff advice to provide follow-up contact and resource support
·         Provide personal assistance in the completion of everyday living expertise.
·         Serve as the contact person for in-house meetings, facilitate in-house Alumnae Meeting, and attend outside meetings with clients. 
·         Transporting clients to and from Medication Assisted Therapy appointments.
·         Assist in developing and implementing Alumna community events.
Additional tasks:
·         Assist in planning and supervising recreational activities for clients.
·         Maintain confidential client records.  Process client record requests.
·         Perform other routine support tasks, including filing, photocopying, answering telephones, and compiling statistical reports.
·         Attend weekly clinical staff meetings.
·         Other tasks as assigned


 Minimum Requirements:
Peer Recovery Specialist must be free of chemical use problems for at least two years immediately preceding their hiring and must sign a statement attesting to that fact.  
·        Personal practice in substance use disorder recovery is required.
   » Preference given to Certified Peer Specialists or willing to obtain certification.
   » expertise and practice in the field of chemical dependency and/or mental health.
   » Congenial, organized, and compassionate individual to work in cooperative team relationship within the agency and with external community organizations.
   » The Peer Recovery Specialist needs to be innovative, driven, visionary, and reliable
   » Microsoft Outlook/computer practice required
   » Must demonstrate capability to work with and relate effectively with women of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.
   » High School Diploma required.
   » Some college courses in human services or related field preferred.
   » Must be able to pass DHS background study
   » Good driving record and current Minnesota Driver’s License required along with reliable vehicle.
   » No DWIs in last three years; No more than three moving violations/accidents in past three years
   » Strong attention to detail
   » Must be free of communicable disease.
   » Must be flexible in schedule
   » Must be able to demonstrate an capability to be responsive in an effective manner, while maintaining a warm and supportive atmosphere. 
   » Must value diversity and be able to relate well and enjoy working with women of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.
   » Must be 18 years or older.
Physical Requirements:
·         Must be able to lift 25lbs.
·         Must be able to climb stairs

Additional Info:

Job location:         Wayside Women’s Treatment Center
            &nb sp;            & nbsp;      3705 Park Center Blvd
            &nb sp;            & nbsp;      St. Louis Park, MN 55416
This position is eligible for a full and generous benefits package, including medical, dental, life, STD & LTD insurance, retirement plan with 4% match after one year of employment, flexible spending accounts  for dependent care/medical savings, educational assistance/continuing education programs & and personal time off (PTO).
Wayside Recovery Center is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the expertise and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless ofrace, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, discapability, age, marital status, familial status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or status with regard to public assistance. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment            ;                      

Application Process:

Please send resume and cover letter detailing practice to:  
Brittani Haas
Wayside Recovery Center
3705 Park Center Boulevard
St Louis Park, MN 55416
FAX: 952-926-9713
Email address:


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Post Date: 09/26/2018 / Viewed 46 times
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