Employment

Founded in 1986, Folk-Time, Inc. connects people with the shared experience of living with mental health and substance abuse challenges through peer support and community based activities. The agency focuses on wellness and recovery.

Job Title: Executive Assistant

JOB SITE: FolkTime Administrative Offices

REPORTS TO: Director of Administration

WORK HOURS: .8 FTE (32 hours per week. Opportunity for additional hours around IPS trainings)

POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Assistant works directly with the Director of Administration and the Executive Director, providing administrative support in a well-organized and timely manner. The Executive Assistant is responsible for processing payroll, accounting for all expenses in Quickbooks, maintain vendor files, supporting new staff onboarding, ordering supplies for the agency, working with Administrative Assistant to cover general phone and email, and for general office upkeep. Executive Assistant will also support Director of Administration with annual audit prep and benefits

MAJOR DUTIES: Accounting
  • Accounts receivable and accounts payable
    • Deposits
    • Bill entry in Quickbooks
    • Prepare checks for signature
  • Process in-kind donations. Enter credit card charges in QuickBooks; reconciling and making payments as required
  • Enter payroll breakdown by staff/class for each pay period
  • Enter breakdown of certain expenses at month end based on monthly class by percentage
  • Process online donations and enter information into Quickbooks
  • Prepare bank account (credit card fees, etc.) for reconciliation
  • Review bank accounts throughout month to verify funds are available for payroll; advise supervisor on necessary transfers
  • Review credit card balance throughout month to verify balance; make payments as needed/directed
Payroll
  • Process wage garnishments with Paychex
  • Process medical deductions for those opting for insurance at their own expense
  • Semi-monthly processing of payroll in Paychex
  • Breakdown payroll by employee / program (class) in Excel (includes employer taxes)
  • Breakdown expenses that benefit all programs monthly (liability insurance, payroll fees, disability insurance, accrued vacation, etc.)
  • Enter adjusting entries allocating funds from payroll into each class for each employee
  • Adjust PTO in instances where it was incorrectly input into Paychex
Human Resources
  • Support interviewing, hiring, and onboarding for all programs. Post job openings, participate in interviews as needed, process new hire paperwork.
  • Create and maintain personnel files.
  • Enter new employee information into both Paychex systems, and create employee log-ins. Assist all employees with Paychex system issues
  • Ordering and preparing technology for new hires.
  • Track insurance eligibility. Support Direct of Admin to complete annual open enrollment.
  • Create and order business cards
DonorPerfect
  • Run monthly donations through software at beginning of month.
  • Create monthly donation report from QB for Communications and Development Coordinator to enter into DonorPerfect. Include in-kind donations
  • Set up new users as needed.
Additional Projects
  • Pick up mail from our Post Office box
  • Support with website (WordPress) and social media efforts as needed.
  • Equipment and Technology upkeep (maintain or order maintenance on equipment)
  • Order supplies for all programs upon request
  • Run quarterly reports on staff worked hours for contract program supervisors
  • Coordinate/schedule utilities
  • Order software from TechSoup
  • Send monthly reports to the board.
  • Any additional administrative tasks as directed by Director of Adminsitration.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in an executive administrative role
  • Have the ability to work independently in achieving deadlines
  • Familiarity with DonorPerfect or similar donor management software
  • Experience using Paychex or similar employee time and labor and/or payroll software
  • Well-versed in Quickbooks and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong understanding of GAAP
  • Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of peer support
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience working for nonprofit organizations in an administrative capacity
  • Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction histories.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary for this position is $20 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Beri Swango, Manager of Administration, at bswango@folktime.org

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

JOB SITE: FolkTime Administrative Office

REPORTS TO: Director of Administration

WORK HOURS: 20 hours per week

POSITION SUMMARY: The Administrative Assistant will work closely with the Director of Administration and the Executive Assistant to provide support to the agency in a well-organized and timely manner. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for answering the main phone line, general contact email, and training center email, supporting the Executive Assistant to maintain vendor and personnel files, general office upkeep, and other administrative tasks as directed.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Answer FolkTime main line phone number, take and route messages, refer inquiries to appropriate programs.
  • Update, print, distribute FolkTime brochures, business cards, event flyers, etc.
  • Work with Executive Assistant to monitor FolkTime Training Center email/phone. Provide training registration support as needed.
  • Weekly filing and upkeep of vendor files. Create all new vendor files at fiscal year-end.
  • Support Executive Assistant with onboarding tasks and upkeep of personnel files.
  • Restock ink and paper in office printers. Support to keep admin office clean and organized.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Intermediate level computer skills. Must be familiar with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Have the ability to work independently in achieving deadlines.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Be able to handle multiple projects effectively.
  • Skilled in time-management and organization.
  • Basic knowledge of peer support
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction histories.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary will be $18 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Beri Swango, Manager of Administration, at bswango@folktime.org

Job Title: Caring Contact Peer Support Specialist

Job Site:  Unity Center for Behavioral Health, Portland, OR

Reports to: FolkTime Unity Center for Behavioral Health’s Supervisors

Work Hours: 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week), 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Position Summary: The Caring Contact Peer Support provides outreach to those discharged from Unity Center for Behavioral Health’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (UBH PES) supporting individuals who have utilized services there within the last 48hrs. The Caring Contact Peer Support Specialist aids in process and procedure development efforts and works directly with UBH’s Access Intake and Referral (AIR) team, in addition to maintaining databases, and other administrative duties.

Major Duties: Peer Relations
  • Reaching out to peers within 48 hours of discharge from PES.
  • Reflecting positive peer values and serves as a positive support for peers.
  • Advocates for individuals being served when appropriate, both within the organization and also with other entities.
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer to the population being served. ORS 414.025 defines a Peer Support Specialist (see below requirements). As appropriate, may be asked to openly identify.
  • Maintains electronic health record (EHR) in a manner that assures compliance with policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations. Keeps accurate and up-to-date documentation as required, associated patient’s progress and other activities.
  • Respects and honors patient rights and responsibilities and demonstrates professional boundaries and ethics. Adheres to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.
  • Takes part in regular peer support co-reflections.
Administrative
  • Competency with computers including word processing and spreadsheet use
  • Proficiency with office administrative tasks
  • Keep track of all data; enter data and present data in a way that accurately and professionally represents Caring Contact process activity.
  • Good organizational and time management skills are essential.
  • Attend team meetings with Unity FolkTime Staff, Unity Air Staff, and other Unity staff to maintain communication and collaborate on progress.
  • Ability to solve problems through fair negotiation and collaboration.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision.
Process Development
  • Provide the daily smooth operation the caring contact mission, ensuring ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of process.
  • Analyze trends, identify issues and recommend action plans and areas for potential alternatives to processes
  • Write, present, and discuss summaries of operations.
Qualifications:
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Understands the effect of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of customer needs
  • Understands the principles of recovery, consumer-involvement and trauma-informed care
Requirements: 
  • 40-hour Oregon approved Intentional Peer Support Specialist certification required, or capable of attaining within 6 months of hire
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to lift or move 25lbs.
Preferred but not required:
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree.
  • Certified Recovery Mentor
  • U.S. Military Veteran.
Salary and Benefits: The salary will be $17.50 – $19.50 per hour, compensation commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to jstrauser@folktime.org In your cover letter, please address the following:
  • “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences, both personal and professional, in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”

Job Title: Social Programs, Program Assistant

JOB SITE: Oregon City

REPORTS TO: Social Services Program Supervisor

WORK HOURS: Up to 10 – 20 hours per week; Non-exempt

PROGRAM: Social Programs

POSITION SUMMARY: The Program Assistant (PA) helps with all aspects of program operations. The PA will facilitate group activities at all of our three social programs located in NE Portland, Oregon City, and rural Clackamas County. The PA will help with direct support on site and during community based activities; administrative support as assigned. This position requires excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to adapt to various situations and circumstances, problem solve and multitask. The PA also acts as a role model and mentor for those working on their personal recovery and will be asked to complete Intentional Peer Support training and practice those skills daily.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Build connections and positive relationships with FolkTime members
  • Assist with daily tasks including but not limited to set up, clean up, activities, announcements, office tasks, and closing tasks
  • Works closely with Manager of Social Programs, FolkTime members, volunteers and peers, and various community partners.
  • Host groups on the Zoom platform remotely and in our office
  • Participate in creating monthly calendar for daily activities
  • Meet the needs of members and assist in making the day positive
  • Facilitate, create, and actively participate in groups, activities and community outings with members
  • Keep track of members on trips to ensure safety and order for everyone
  • Assist in maintaining updated member forms
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager of Social Programs
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Practice Intentional Peer Supports (IPS) to engage in hope based relationships and develop authentic connections with FolkTime members
  • Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction histories.
  • Check email and respond accordingly every day
  • Use of a personal vehicle required
  • Travel throughout Clackamas and Multnomah County required
  • Ability to lift 25lbs
  • Knowledge and experience using various technology (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and data collection programs
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training or other Oregon approved peer support certification.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, TaMara Edens: tedens@folktime.org. In your cover letter, please address the following:
  • “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences, both personal and professional, in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”

Job Title: Social Programs Cook / Program Assistant

JOB SITE: Oregon City

REPORTS TO: Social Services Program Supervisor

WORK HOURS: Non-exempt; up to 15 hours per week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am – 2:00pm

POSITION SUMMARY: This position works directly with the Manager of Social Programs and Program Assistants to create a nutritious and cost effective monthly menu for the Oregon City social program site. The cook is responsible for planning and preparing meals for approximately 30-40 people per day. The cook must be able to be creative with available ingredients and have the ability to create a cost effective grocery list. This position also supports the Oregon City Social Program by helping run day-to-day operations and providing peer support.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Build a cost effective and nutritious menu
  • Prepare lunches, snacks, drinks for a large group of FolkTime social program members
  • Clean kitchen in adherence with Oregon Food Handling rules during food preparation
  • Properly store food and/or prepare food for distribution
  • Handle trash and recycling daily
  • Maintain monthly inventory of refrigerated and pantry foods
  • Support volunteers in the kitchen
  • Provide peer support
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, an Oregon Food Handler Card prior to starting (a valid food manager training certificate is acceptable in lieu of a Food Handler Card)
  • Interest, knowledge, or experience in public health, nutrition, local food systems, or food access
  • Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction histories.
  • Ability to provide peer support
  • Be able to develop trusting relationships with peers and staff.
  • Comfort working with individuals living with mental health issues
  • Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to drive and have car
  • Willingness to participate in our gardening activities in NE Portland
  • Ability to pick up food donations, and shop for the program
  • Must be able to pass a DHS criminal background check
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training or other Oregon approved peer support certification.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, TaMara Edens: tedens@folktime.org. In your cover letter, please address the following:
  • “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences, both personal and professional, in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”

Job Title: Hilltop Clinic Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Hilltop Behavioral Health Center

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

PROGRAM: Clinical Programs

POSITION SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Adult Team at Hilltop using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at Hilltop provides opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery journey; supports the recognition and use of individual strengths necessary to self-empowerment and recovery; supports the development of a sense of wellness, self-compassion and self-worth; promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Peer Support Specialist at Hilltop creates relationships of hope and co-learning with both individuals receiving services and service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health issues and their professional training.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Inspire hope for persons in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities and assets, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • Facilitate weekly groups with peers to create a culture of peer support, recovery and accountability.
  • Work collaboratively and successfully with staff within the mental health services model while promoting peer support. Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community to build a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental distress and challenges with addiction(s).
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • Be able to develop trusting relationships with both peers and clinic staff.
  • Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of individuals simultaneously experiencing mental and physical health distress.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent with computers for daily record charting, appointment scheduling, emailing, and internet use or able to learn these things.
  • Ability to complete all required documentation on time.
  • Must be able to endorse a trauma informed care and harm reduction models of support.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • Experience receiving support for mental health and addition challenges
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Must not have received behavioral health services through Clackamas County Behavioral Health Care Centers within last 12 months.
  • Must report to work on time.
  • Must drive, have a car and be capable of traveling on public transit when required
  • Ability to utilize personal vehicle for transporting clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at 0.55 cents/mile.
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • Fluent in Spanish.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Grant Fagòt, gfagot@folktime.org. In your cover letter, please address the following:
  • “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences, both personal and professional, in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”

Job Title: Sandy Clinic Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas County Behavioral Health (Sandy Clinic)

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

POSITION SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Adult Team at Sandy Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at the Sandy Clinic provides opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery journey; supports the recognition and use of individual strengths necessary to self-empowerment and recovery; supports the development of a sense of wellness, self-compassion and self-worth; promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Peer Support Specialist at the Sandy Clinic creates relationships of hope and co-learning with both individuals receiving services and service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health issues and their professional training.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Inspire hope for persons in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities and assets, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • Facilitate weekly groups with peers to create a culture of peer support, recovery and accountability.
  • Work collaboratively and successfully with staff within the mental health services model while promoting peer support. Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community as a means to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental distress.
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • Be able to develop trusting relationships with both peers and clinic staff.
  • Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of individuals simultaneously experiencing mental and physical health distress.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent with computers for daily record charting, appointment scheduling, emailing, and internet use or able to learn these things.
  • Ability to complete all required documentation on time.
  • Must be able to endorse a trauma informed care and harm reduction models of support.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Must not have received behavioral health services through Clackamas County Behavioral Health Care Centers within last 6 months.
  • Must be able report to work on time.
  • Must drive, have a car and be capable of traveling on public transit when required
  • Ability to utilize personal vehicle for transporting clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at 55 cents/mile.
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, Grant Fagòt: gfagot@folktime.org. In your cover letter, please address the following:
  • “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences, both personal and professional, in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”

Job Title: Stewart Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas County Behavioral Health (Stewart Center)

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

POSITION SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Community Support Team at Stewart Center using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at Stewart Center provides opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery journey; supports the recognition and use of individual strengths necessary to self-empowerment and recovery; supports the development of a sense of wellness, self-compassion and self-worth; promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Peer Support Specialist at Stewart Center creates relationships of hope and co-learning with both individuals receiving services and service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health issues and their professional training.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Inspire hope for persons in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities and assets, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • Facilitate weekly groups with peers to create a culture of peer support, recovery and accountability.
  • Work collaboratively and successfully with staff within the mental health services model while promoting peer support. Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community as a means to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental distress.
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • Be able to develop trusting relationships with both peers and clinic staff.
  • Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of individuals simultaneously experiencing mental and physical health distress.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent with computers for daily record charting, appointment scheduling, emailing, and internet use or able to learn these things.
  • Ability to complete all required documentation on time.
  • Must be able to endorse a trauma informed care and harm reduction models of support.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Must not have received behavioral health services through Clackamas County Behavioral Health Care Centers within last few months.
  • Must report to work on time.
  • Must drive, have a car and be capable of traveling on public transit when required
  • Ability to utilize personal vehicle for transporting clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at 57.5 cents/mile
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, Grant Fagòt: gfagot@folktime.org. In your cover letter, please address the following:
  • “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences, both personal and professional, in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”

Job Title: Youth Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas County Behavioral Health Child and Hilltop Family Team

REPORTS TO: Stewart/Hilltop Supervisor

WORK HOURS: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

POSITION SUMMARY: The Youth Peer Support Specialist works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Child and Family team at Hilltop Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support youth receiving mental health services. The Youth Peer Support Specialist at Hilltop provides opportunities for youth receiving services to direct their own recovery journey; supports the recognition and use of individual strengths necessary to self-empowerment and recovery; supports the development of a sense of wellness, self-compassion, and self-worth; and promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Youth Peer’s role is to support the youth, to help them engage and to actively participate on their team/or treatment process in making informed decisions that drive that process. The Youth Peer Support creates relationships of hope and co-learning with youth and families and with the service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health issues and their professional training.

MAJOR DUTIES:
  • Inspire hope for youth in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals and families in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities, and assets, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals and families in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • Facilitate weekly groups with peers and/or parents and caregivers to create a culture of peer support, recovery, and accountability.
  • Work collaboratively with staff within the mental health services model while promoting peer support.
  • Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with youth, individuals, and families actively experiencing symptoms of mental distress.
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.” Specifically, experience as a youth receiving support for emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.
  • Ability to articulate the experience and perspective of a youth with complex needs.
  • Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of youth, individuals, and families simultaneously experiencing emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competent with computers for daily record charting, appointment scheduling, emailing, and internet use or able to learn these things.
  • Ability to complete all required documentation on time.
  • Must be able to endorse a trauma informed care and harm reduction models of support.
  • (The other – as many bullets as required)
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
  • 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Must not have received behavioral health services through Clackamas County Behavioral Health Care Centers within last 6 months.
  • Must be able report to work on time.
  • Must drive, have a car and be capable of traveling on public transit when required
  • Ability to utilize personal vehicle for transporting clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at 55 cents/mile
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • U.S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary starts at $ 17.50 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

To APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to, Grant Fagòt: gfagot@folktime.org. In your cover letter, please address the following:
  • “Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences, both personal and professional, in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”