The First Responder Peer Leader is a critical paraprofessional role within the First Responders Program. The Peer Leader provides individual and group peer support to law enforcement, fire, corrections officers, emergency medical personnel and veterans in addiction treatment. The First Responder Peer Leader is a part time position, initially totaling approximately 10 hours per week with the option of increasing hours. Duties include attending 12-step meetings with First Responder patients, leading support groups, providing transportation to first responder patients to and from treatment and supporting interventions.
- Facilitate peer support groups involving inpatient, outpatient and alumni while maintaining all policies and procedures of the organization
- Provide transportation to and from 12-Step meetings and recovery oriented events while maintaining compliance with driving requirements
- Provide transportation for patients to and from treatment
- Attend all ongoing relevant peer and clinical training to stay current on treatment trends and evidence based practices
- Communicate directly with treatment team members when critical information becomes known
- Attend weekly staff meetings
- Assist in interventions with First Responder patients as needed
- Complete group notes and documentation as needed
- Assist in providing internal/external trainings surrounding areas of interest in First Responder community
Education and Experience:
- At least 3 years of experience in the field of addiction recovery
- Professional experience in one of the following careers: law enforcement, firefighting, corrections, emergency medical, military
- High school diploma required, Bachelor's degree preferred
- Preference given to veterans
Customer Service: Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external customers' needs in a manger that provides satisfaction for the customer within the resources that can be made available.
Impact and Influence: Works effectively with and through others including those whom there is no formal authority over.
Communication: Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills. Able to communicate effectively with both patient population and clinical staff.
Work Environment: May work in a variety of environments including professional offices, clinics, hospitals, or out-patient facilities. They spend much of their time on their feet, actively working with patients.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Travel: Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected
Some on call hours required