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: Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC)

REPORTS TO: Clackamas Program Manager

WORK HOURS:  1.0 FTE or 40 hours/week, work days Tuesday through Saturday

PROGRAM: Clinical Programs

POSITION SUMMARY: This position will work mainly with the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) and will be expected to be available for multiple outreaches in the community. This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Crisis Teams at CMHC using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with whom may be experiencing crisis or distress. The MCRT Peer Support Specialist 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 MCRT Peer Support Specialist 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:
  • Act as a role model to persons in recovery to inspire hope and share life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Identify recovering person’s abilities, strengths and assets and assist them to recognize and use them.
  • Identify barriers to full participation and focus on strategies to overcome them.
  • Assist individuals in learning to recognize early triggers and signs of relapse and use their individual coping strategies as an alternative to more structured services.
  • Co-facilitate meetings with teams of people in recovery to create a peer support and accountability culture.
  • Work successfully and collaboratively with professional staff while promoting the value added work of peer mentoring and client self-determination in the mental health services model. Actively participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective as a key component of all discussions.
  • Support individuals transitioning through the criminal justice system or who are at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system
  • Address gender specific trauma and/or life stressors that are impacting individuals in their recovery
  • Encourage people to engage in community support programs, 12-step programs, and the life enrichment activities
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner.
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 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 56 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 Shannon Farr: sfarr@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: Peer Support 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 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 & Peer Support Specialist

JOB SITE: Oregon City and NE Portland

REPORTS TO: Supervisor of Social Programs

WORK HOURS: Nonexempt, 22 hours per week, Monday & Tuesday 9AM-3PM, Wednesday & Thursday 10AM-2PM, Fridays 2PM-4PM

POSITION SUMMARY:   This position works directly with the Supervisor of Social Programs and Program Assistants/Peer Support Specialists to create a nutritious and cost effective monthly menu for the Oregon City Social Program site and NE Portland Free To Be Me Program site. The cook is responsible for planning, sourcing groceries and/or donations, and preparing hot meals for approximately 30-40 people, four days a week. The cook must be able to be creative with available ingredients and have the ability to create a cost effect grocery list with a very small budget. This position has the opportunity to support our healthy eating program by creating cooking and gardening classes for our groups. This position also supports the 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 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
  • Ability to provide peer support
  • Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction
  • Be able to develop trusting relationships with peers and staff.
  • Comfort working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental illness
  • 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.
  • S. Military veteran.
  SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary will be $17.50 per hour, compensation commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for 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.”