Peer Educator

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry/Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Outpatient
Peer Educator
Position #00677702 - Requisition 10587

The University of Colorado Denver seeks a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Health Care Technician 1 within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program, with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada. The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults. Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV-positive and gender responsive services.

This position supports drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial, and pharmacological treatment for HIV-positive adult substance abuse clients at the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Specialized Outpatient Services (SOS) Clinic, at 1648 Gaylord Street, Denver, Colorado 80206. ARTS is a part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. This is a full-time, grant-funded, University Staff (non-classified) position that provides activities to engage, educate, and offer support to HIV-positive patients, their family members, and caregivers to connect patients to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up sessions. This position is responsible for conducting outreach activities with patients, staff, community partners, subcontracted agencies, and/or other entities as appropriate, travel to various sites, and perform other duties as assigned or required. Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and this position may be required to work on some Saturdays/Sundays (for events/clinic coverage), as well.

This position is made possible by Ryan White Care Act grant funds. It is a full-time position supported by grant funds, whose funding will be reviewed on a periodic basis. Accordingly, the position's status may be affected over time by any applicable variations in the grant and/or funding amounts.

Job Responsibilities:

Primary job responsibilities
  • Under general supervision, receive training and serve as a Peer Educator to implement peer-led interventions to improve outcomes for HIV-positive patients in opioid medication-assisted and traditional outpatient treatment.
  • Conduct structured, peer-led intervention that focuses on health education, care coordination, as well as identifying and reducing barriers to care for patients.
  • Conduct outreach activities in the community in order to engage HIV-positive patients in substance use treatment.
  • Provide referrals to patients for necessary, appropriate resources.
  • Implement standardized intervention, track patients for engagement, and connect patients to HIV treatment and care.
  • Collaborate with supervisor and staff, and coordinate efforts to ensure successful delivery of services.
  • Attend and participate in trainings, team/staff meetings, and other events as needed.
  • Identify any problems, challenges, or obstacles in coordination of services, identify potential solutions, and resolve such problems, challenges or obstacles in a timely manner.
  • Ensure all duties and responsibilities are performed for effective and appropriate benefit of patients to whom care and/or services are being provided.
  • Ensure confidentiality of patient health information and/or health records.

  • Continuously maintain accurate and up-to-date records and/or notes as required by agency policy.
  • Use electronic health record systems to ensure timely documentation, recording and tracking of communications, interventions, and patient data.
  • Schedule and maintain multiple, internal and external appointments.
  • Enter data into, and maintain, accurate records of activities.
  • Gather, analyze and report patient statistical data.
  • Order, maintain, and accurately track expenditures of office and medical supplies.
  • Manage confidential patient information and health records.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including but not limited to: data entry, data tracking, and data analysis/reporting.
  • Document intervention activities in an accurate and timely manner, and seek consultation from supervisor or other staff as necessary.

Customer Service
  • Provide in-person and telephone reception.
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide information on program services and respond courteously to queries.
  • Work comfortably among patients with or without substance abuse disorder, who are referred from city and county parole/probation departments, department of social services, and other relevant agencies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $35,500 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

To ensure ARTS program integrity, prospective employees may be required to submit to pre-employment urine testing.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Required Qualifications:
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED), and
  • One year of experience working closely with patients and connecting them to resources, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Successfully completed college or university course work that is appropriate to this position's work assignment, may substitute for the required work experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Certification as a Peer Specialist
  • Prior experience in Patient Navigation and connecting patients to required services or resources.
  • Prior experience in sexual health education and/or with people living with HIV.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's degree or higher in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or a closely related field.
  • Experience working with clients who are involved with the criminal justice system, probation/parole, human services, and/or other similar referral sources
  • Experience providing administrative support to clients, families, staff, and other stakeholders in a substance abuse treatment setting.
  • Experience managing financial paperwork including creating invoices, tracking expenditures, and gathering statistical data.
  • Experience working with electronic health records
  • Possesses a current and valid Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) 1 license or higher.
  • Possesses a current and valid registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver's License, or obtain one within 30 days if and when the position is offered (this position will be required to go outside of the clinic to order and pick-up purchases/supplies for the work unit or clinic).
  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) AND the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, incident, and/or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.
  • Minimum two years of sobriety with existing sober supports.


The successful candidate must demonstrate:
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors.
  • Ability to engage successfully with substance dependent clients in treatment.
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to be open-minded and nonjudgmental.
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Ability to effectively and accurately check for typographical, grammatical and/or spelling errors in documents.
  • Experience of utilizing Microsoft Word to create documents, tables, mail merge, reports, etc.
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Excel to create, revise, update and maintain spreadsheets and macro-enabled reports.
  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook to create, send and receive e-mail communication.
  • Experience with accurate and timely data entry.
  • Knowledge of basic care coordination, medical/hospital and/or community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport, positive relationships and critical thinking.
  • Experience with motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Experience working successfully with multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Knowledge of basic therapeutic confrontation and structures.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Paul Woodstrom at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 3-5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 3, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Paula Woodstrom

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00677702