Employment Opportunities

Peer Support Coordinator

Vermont Psychiatric Survivors
Burlington, VT
Temporarily remote
Salary

$19 an hour

Job Type
Full-time
Number of hires for this role
1

Benefits

Pulled from the full job description
Disability insurance
Health insurance
Dental insurance
Paid time off
Vision insurance
Flexible schedule
Life insurance

Full Job Description

Vermont Psychiatric Survivors (VPS) is looking for a Peer Support Coordinator in the greater Burlington area. This position is remote (work from home) during the pandemic, but the candidate will be covering the northern part of the state. The successful applicant will work independently and thrive in an environment where helping people is the priority. VPS handles patient representation, peer advocacy through our community links program, and a new outreach project.

In the role of Patient Representative, the Peer Support Coordinator will work with individuals inside psychiatric hospitals and residential facilities, helping residents with legal rights and helping to complete formal grievances and paperwork, as might be needed. The person in this position will support and advocate for individuals with hospital staff, treatment team meetings, and the community.

The Peer Advocate will utilize the parameters of the Community Links program by connecting with individuals transitioning out of psychiatric inpatient programs and correctional facilities back into the community. They will work closely with individuals not receiving adequate community support and at risk for homelessness, inpatient-psychiatric hospitalization, incarceration, and adverse health outcomes such as drug overdose or injury to self or others due to risky behaviors.

The person in this position will collaborate with other peer organizations and designated agencies to seek out and provide services to individuals in need, under VPS’ COVID Outreach and Rescue project. The successful applicant will conduct outreach to individuals who are not successfully engaging in support services; will assist in the development of informal and formal support networks; will provide support for people in crisis in emergency rooms or other places where people might need help; and will engage with individuals at hospitals and correctional facilities who need support once they return to the community.

VPS Peer Support Coordinators use a non-judgmental, values-driven approach that promotes multiple perspectives, advocates for human rights and dignity, and focuses on genuine, mutual relationships.

Applicants must have lived experience with a mental health condition or experience being perceived as having a mental health condition, must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to listen without judgment or bias, must have a passion for and commitment to social justice, be computer literate, including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, and have a knowledge of or willingness to learn about the mental health system, mental health law, community resources, non-violent communication, and intentional peer support.

Applicants must possess a driver’s license and access to an insured and licensed vehicle. Knowledge of the psychiatric survivor movement is desirable.

This position is considered full-time (30-35 hours per week), and currently, the person will work remotely from home. As pandemic conditions return to normal, in-person visits to facilities will resume. VPS adheres to CDC and Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination and other guidance. VPS reimburses work-related travel.

VPS provides a comprehensive benefits package for full-time positions consisting of:

  • Fully paid individual health insurance coverage
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • 14 paid holidays plus one’s birthday
  • Accumulated vacation
  • Personal and sick time
  • A somewhat flexible schedule and the equipment needed to do the job.

Vermont Psychiatric Survivors is an independent, statewide, mutual support and civil rights advocacy organization founded in 1983 and run by and for psychiatric survivors. VPS’ primary purpose is to ensure the equal rights, protection, and participation of individuals marginalized because of psychiatric labels. We offer mutual support to psychiatric survivors, publish a quarterly newspaper, and advocate and educate to resist and challenge discrimination.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $19.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Our employees are working remotely from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application Question(s):

  • Do you have a valid U.S. driver’s license?

Work Location: Multiple Locations

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