Peer Specialist Workforce Development Program Manager
Depression and Biploar Support Alliance
October 10, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.
DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Through more than 600 support groups and nearly 250 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; nationally-recognized peer support services training; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.
DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.
Community—DBSA creates the opportunity for meaningful lives by compassionately engaging with individuals and providing peer-led support groups, educational materials, and wellness tools that focus on resiliency, achievement, creativity, and connection.
Inspiration—DBSA celebrates peers’ accomplishments, including those of the many talented, successful individuals recognized by the public for their contributions to the world.
Wisdom—DBSA advances learning through research and experience while promoting a transformative understanding of mental health through wide, timely dissemination of information about the latest treatments, wellness practices, and lived experiences.
Responsibility—DBSA advocates for the right of peers to choose their own paths to mental, emotional, and physical wellness while promoting structures and practices that advance whole health and accessible care for everyone.
Scope of Role
This person will be familiar with the peer support concept, to supervise remote contractors implementing DBSA grants. This position is a unique opportunity for a certified peer specialist with supervisory experience to learn more about program development and administration while working for the largest peer-led nonprofit with a mission to support, educate, and advocate for individuals living with mood disorders. This position reports to the Vice President of Advocacy. In addition to supervising peer specialists in remote locations to implement grants that integrate the work of peer specialists into primary care, the manager will support the development department in identifying new strategic funding opportunities that promote the value of peer support services and become proficient in delivering DBSA’s premier peer specialist training course.
Duties & Responsibilities
Directs supervision of peer support specialists working at grant sites to maintain high standards of conduct in their job performance
Assists HR in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring peer specialists to work in medical clinics supported by grants
Provides education and resources that support wellness self-management, self-determination, and self-advocacy
Communicates frequently with grant program manager/team regarding any updates and or programs changes
Manages DBSA peer specialist training contracts and becomes proficient in delivering 40-hour DBSA peer specialist training
Assists with program growth through development of grant proposals
Keeps abreast of new trends and changes in the development of the peer specialist workforce in both federal, and state government policies and commercial insurance
Represents DBSA at federal, state, and county agency meetings
Maintains and protects confidential nature of all matters related to this position
Position requires 10% to 15% travel
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
Peer Specialist or Recovery Support Specialist certification
Ability to role model and convey a message of hope and wellness for people living with a mood disorder
Two years of mental health direct care experience in delivering peer support services
Experience in delivering workshops to peers in a learning environment
Experience documenting medical records in a client management tracking system
Ability to communicate/coordinate internally and externally in a professional, timely and constructive manner
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time position with benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, 401K and life insurance. Salary range is mid-40s, depending on qualifications. Position will primarily work standard hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., flexible start/end times possible.
About Depression and Biploar Support Alliance
DBSA envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.
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