Peer Support Specialist

Posted by Motivational Services, Inc.
Augusta, ME
June 28, 2024

Job Details

The qualified candidate will promote hope through positive self-disclosure, demonstrating that recovery is possible. They will be role models of self-care and the effective use of recovery skills and listen attentively with respect, acceptance, and encouragement to the wants and needs of the people with whom they support. Assisting people in obtaining resources, overcoming barriers, and pursuing their goals and dreams is also a significant role for peer support specialist.

Essential Functions

  • Develop Peer Support relationships with participants of the program.
  • Facilitate structured groups and support groups for participants of the program, as determined by participants interests, and staff expertise.
  • Assist the team in providing comprehensive care.
  • Serve as a link to natural supports and community resources.
  • Serve as a liaison to consumer resources and other programs.
  • Attend organization and community service team meetings at consumer and/or supervisor’s request.
  • Help carry out outreach and engagement activities.
  • Provide support to a required amount of people.

Effectively Practice Peer Support Model

  • Manage conflict appropriately, within the team and with people in the program.
  • Provide education to the team about the tenants of the peer support model, as needed or ongoing.
  • Directly encourage consumer voice
  • Provide services to help individuals develop satisfying, hopeful and fulfilling lives in the community of their choice.
  • Promote recovery/wellness and resilience and work toward reducing the likelihood of future emergencies and produces better outcomes.
  • Model strength-based approaches and share experiences.
  • Model effective skills of recovery and/or wellness
  • Model effective personal interactions and behavior
  • Meet documentation standards successfully.
  • Document and refer potential and identified problems to the supervisor.

Perform general employee functions successfully.

  • Navigate computer and technology responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Communicate appropriately and timely about schedule changes to supervisor and participants of the program.
  • Participate in trainings as needed for the acquisition and enhancement of skills.
  • Achieve personal annual goals negotiated with the direct supervisor each year.
  • Attend regular staff meetings.
  • Participate in regular supervision.
  • Comply with applicable MoCo policies and licensing standards.
  • Other duties as assigned to assure the success of the program and the broader MoCo organization.
  • Record time appropriately within the PayCom system, complete mileage, and other reimbursement documentation in a timely manner.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent, some college preferred.
  • A personal history of significant mental health/substance use challenges, and a wellness or change story that guides peer relationships is required.
  • License/Certifications: Completion of, or ability to complete, State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist (CIPSS) Certification is required. Provisional CIPSS Certification is required within 12 months of hire date. Employment will be contingent on the above certification guidelines.
  • Experience: Experience providing one-on-one and/or group facilitation peer support is preferred.
  • Ability to articulate the unique nature of Peer Support within traditional service programs and larger social change.
  • Good communication skills and an ability to maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders. Willingness to further develop communication skills (i.e., written, verbal, and computer.)
  • Demonstrated ability to keep focus on continual learning and growth in peer support practices.
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Computer proficiency required with ability to demonstrate basic computer skills in using Microsoft Office and Outlook email
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Driving license and reliable transportation

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $16.00 – $17.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b) matching
  • Bereavement leave
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift

Work Location: In person

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