Monday
Aug182014

Job Opportunity with On Our Own of Montgomery County

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ON OUR OWN OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY

ORGANIZATION

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. is a peer-operated Wellness and Recovery Center serving mental health consumers in Montgomery County. We are located in Gaithersburg, MD. The Executive Director is a full-time position and reports to the Board of Directors.

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION

Responsible for development, coordination and administration of all program activities of On Our Own of Montgomery County in accordance with the organization’s policies and mission developed and approved by the Board of Directors.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

10.  Publicize organization to consumers, families, agencies, providers, the press and general public.

11.  Engage in needed activities to ensure proper functioning of organization.

12.  Works with the local Core Services Agency (CSA), the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and BHA Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) and attend pertinent meetings.

13.  Administer fund raising with Board.

14.  Any other duties as needed within scope of the position.

QUALIFICATIONS

Current or former recipient of mental health services preferred, along with familiarity with mental health wellness and recovery centers. Knowledge and experience with peer-based support services. Minimum three years’ experience in administration, program development, finance and/or work in peer-operated mutual support and advocacy organization. Knowledge of principals of administration and management; experience in grant writing and fund raising. Familiarity with mental health consumer issues and knowledge of mental health consumer movement desired, along with mental health service planning. Experience working in advocacy arena with knowledge of the mental health provider community.

Knowledge and experience of dual diagnosis mental health and substance abuse issues desirable. Good communication skills and public speaking experience are necessary.  Must be able to work cooperatively and deal with people from diverse backgrounds. BA or advanced degree in related field preferred. Possess valid driver’s license and car. Must be willing to work flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends as needed. Willing to continue training in relevant areas to enhance the program.

SALARY

Negotiable depending on experience. Range: high 30’s to 40’s commensurate with ability and experience. Benefits include health/dental insurance, standard vacation/sick leave, etc. This position is grant funded by state and local grants.

Send resume and detailed cover letter by 8-15-14 to:

 

Selection Committee

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.

434 E. Diamond Avenue,

Gaithersburg, MD 20877

www.ooomc.org 

cindyooomc@comcast.net

 

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday
Aug152014

Job Opportunity with the Temple U. Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities is seeking to hire someone for a short-term project focusing on self-directed care.  The Collaborative is developing an operations manual designed to assist other mental health authorities and recovery oriented programs to replicate a self-directed care (SDC) project that has been operating in Delaware County (PA) for the past several years.  The Collaborative is seeking either a full-time or a part-time technical writer, to begin immediately, who is knowledgeable about mental health issues, recovery, and program design. For more information on the position, please go to the following Temple Human Resources site:

 
 
To apply for the full-time position, search for job number TU-18100 and TU-18105 for the part-time position. 
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Andrea Bilger at (215) 204-6779 or abilger@temple.edu

 

Friday
Aug012014

Job Opportunity with Community Access

JOB POSTING

Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 40 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of

RESPITE WORKER

to work in our Crisis Respite Center, located at 315 2nd Avenue, New York, NY.

There is a full-time (40 hrs/week) and multiple per-diem (as needed) openings.

Shifts are 12 hours and include days, evenings, overnights and weekends.

Annual salary is low to mid 30s for full-time, pro-rated for per-diem.

Program Overview:

The Crisis Respite Center (CRC), part of Parachute NYC, provides an innovative and unique “hospital diversion” model whereby persons seeking temporary residential respite care can stay in a warm, friendly, safe, and supportive home-like environment where they are taught to use new recovery and relapse prevention skills.  This is achieved through 24-hour peer support, self-advocacy education, self-help training, and mutual understanding.   The CRC offers people experiencing a psychosis-related crisis with a short-term (one day to two weeks) residential alternative that will allow individuals to maintain daily activities and connect with community-based services and supports, including primary care. The program will provide recovery oriented services incorporating Need Adapted Treatment and Intentional Peer Support. The CRC also operates a warm line providing peer counseling and referral services to individuals in emotional distress.  Parachute NYC is an innovative CMS funded pilot project designed to support a continuum of community based services to individuals experiencing a psychosis related crisis, including specially trained mobile crisis teams and Crisis Respite Centers.

Position Overview:

The Crisis Respite Center is designed to promote self-determination and hope through peer delivered services and supports including: peer support, wellness education and skill building opportunities, identification and engagement in community-based resources including health care services.  Respite Workers are responsible for assisting in the delivery of services and supports to Parachute NYC service recipients, primarily those residing in CA’s CRC. Respite Workers also serve as warm line operators.  Peers are integral in supporting people during personal crisis, helping individuals learn how to view crises differently and how to use wellness tools to help decrease the intensity of or prevent future crises. A primary role of Respite Workers is to create a respite from extreme emotional distress through the promotion of a non-judgmental, supportive, friendly and engaging environment.

Qualifications:

Qualified candidates must have a minimum of high school diploma or equivalent (GED); experience as a service recipient in the mental health system and willingness to share personal experience appropriately and respectfully; graduate of core peer specialist training program, preferred; previous work experience in a behavioral health or related setting, preferably using the recovery model; resourceful and knowledgeable of community resource and services; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center; a respect for, and high level of comfort around people experiencing psychiatric crisis; exceptional oral communication skills including empathic listening, and responding; ability to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and de-escalation skills to assist with creating and maintaining an environment that promotes recovery; ability to set priorities and manage multiple and competing tasks; willingness and ability to participate in Parachute NYC Training including Need Adapted Treatment Model, Intentional Peer Support, Health Navigator and other required training; bilingual preferred.

Interested applicants should apply on http://www.communityaccess.org/jobs. 


Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.

www.communityaccess.org

Friday
Aug012014

Job Opportunity with Community Access

JOB POSTING

Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 40 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living. Our primary mission is to identify needs and create solutions for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities. Our programs include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center,  East Village Access—a PROS-licensed training program, Parachute NYC – Crisis Respite Center and Support Line, Recovery Connections and the Art Collective.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

 to work in our Career Development Services department, located at 2 Washington St., New York, NY.

This is a full-time position; annual salary is mid 30s, plus an excellent benefits package.

Position Overview

The Employment Specialist’s primary responsibility is to assist staff with helping Community Access participants to attain employment, training and educational goals by finding, utilizing and sustaining vocational options in the community.  This staff person works collaboratively with Service Coordinators and other staff in all of the agency’s programs, cultivating team approaches and supporting the establishment and use of standardized agency-wide resources. Working within CDS, the Employment Specialist is instrumental in ensuring that data is collected and analyzed to forward agency initiatives. Direct services are provided in groups and individually and include a range of options: supported employment through ACCES-VR and OMH; internships; volunteer positions; vocational training; GED preparation; assessment, vocational exploration, job development and the provision of employment support and coaching.

Qualifications

Qualified candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) – bachelor’s degree, preferred; at least three years of experience providing vocational services, preferably to persons with mental health concerns, histories of drug/alcohol use, histories of homelessness or involvement with the criminal justice system; possess current and comprehensive knowledge of vocational resources in NYC, including ACCESS-VR; demonstrated capacity to motivate and inspire staff and participants; experience developing and facilitating staff training workshops; must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center; commitment to recovery oriented, person-centered practice; be skilled in conflict mediation/negotiation and have an assertive approach to problem solving; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint; be creative and flexible; show initiative and be responsible for follow through; ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to travel via public transit; bilingual Spanish-speaking, preferred.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply on www.communityaccess.org/jobs.

 

Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.

www.communityaccess.org

Friday
Aug012014

Job Opportunity with Community Access

JOB POSTING

Community Access, Inc. (CA) is a progressive not-for-profit organization that for the last 40 years has helped thousands of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities to make the transition from hospitals and shelters to independent living. Our primary mission is to identify needs and create solutions for homeless people with psychiatric disabilities. Our programs include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center,  East Village Access—a PROS-licensed training program, Parachute NYC – Crisis Respite Center and Support Line, Recovery Connections and the Art Collective.  

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of 

Peer Advocate 

to work in our recovery center, Recovery Connections, at 2090 A. Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., New York, NY.

This is a full-time position with an annual salary in the low to mid 30s, plus excellent benefits.

Position Overview

Recovery Connections (RC) is a new initiative designed to assist persons who have extensive experience with the mental health and criminal justice systems to acquire knowledge, skills and opportunities needed for meaningful community integration. RC will help participants connect with basic, mainstream community resources and opportunities related to health and wellness, work and education, housing, and other areas of interest.

The Peer Advocate’s primary responsibilities involve helping peers to connect with and maintain relationships with outside-the-system resources in order to more actively participate in their communities. Fostering community involvement, integration and citizenship includes: planning and executing community gatherings where ideas and interests are cultivated; facilitating networks and opportunities for participants to be heard and learn from each other; delivering groups and activities where participants can build confidence and learn meaningful skills; and connecting participants with needed resources. Other essential job functions include: undertaking creative outreach and follow-through strategies to identify participants who are interested in engaging RC, establishing ongoing connections with community resources and opportunities, and completing strengths-based, collaborative Exploration and Action Plan forms in our online records system, during intake with participants.

Qualifications:

Qualified candidates must:  have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; be the recipient/survivor of mental health services, preferably with personal experience with the criminal justice system; have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).

Applicants should have relevant employment or volunteer experience providing peer support, advocacy, community outreach or organizing or related support services in behavioral health and/or criminal justice service setting; be fingerprinted and cleared by OMH; possess strong understanding and practice of recovery, wellness and employment services; possess excellent oral and written communication skills; be computer literate; ability to travel via public transit and work afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply on www.communityaccess.org/jobs.

 

Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.

www.communityaccess.org