Vocational Peer Support Specialist

Specific Responsibilities:  Accountable to Program Manager.  Provide guidance and planning support relating to education and/or employment. Manage participant motivation, removal of barriers, assessments, pre and post testing and relational competency building.  Facilitate linkage to needed educational or employment resources and supports.

Salary: $45,000 – $55,000

Duties:

  • Supervise RYSE to Hana participants in the Education & Employment (E&E) department to connect youth to on-site vocational training programs and off-site training options.
  • Serve as a trusted resource for NH youth, guiding them in exploring vocational training pathways and career options while fostering a strong sense of cultural identity.
  • Build positive relationships with youth, offering encouragement, support, and crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Co-facilitate workshops and activities related to job readiness, resume writing, interview skills, and financial literacy, equipping youth with essential skills for success.
  • Contribute to a supportive team environment with a positive attitude, working alongside dedicated professionals passionate about empowering youth.
  • Advocate for participants, helping them navigate external resources related to education, employment, and youth development.
  • Promote self-sufficiency by assisting youth in developing independent living skills and self-regulation strategies.
  • Monitor participant progress and maintain accurate records including data entry into approved database.
  • Prepare and submit required reports.
  • Transport participants when necessary.
  • Participate in and attend all staff meetings, staff development events and appropriate agency-wide committees.
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy standards of service partner protected health information and other applicable information and material in accordance to agency and center policies, and applicable regulations and laws including HIPAA.

QualificationsBachelor’s degree in social work or related field with two years equivalent experience is preferred. Two years experience working with at-risk youth preferred.  Must be willing to develop or possess working knowledge of trauma-informed care.  Able to work in a very diverse setting with people of all backgrounds, culture and orientation. Demonstrated leadership and problem solving abilities, training skills, creativity, and public speaking. Ability to provide quality trauma-informed services in a fast-paced environment, specializing in crisis intervention and de-escalation, motivational interviewing, and Seeking Safety. Ability to (re) prioritize and multi-task is a must.  Able to be cleared to drive and have valid driver’s license with own transportation.

This is a grant-funded position with a start date of September 1, 2024. The initial term is for one year, with the possibility of extension contingent upon grant renewal and program performance.

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