STEPS Kinship Peer Supporter

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Job Title:

STEPS Kinship Peer Supporter

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

3J532:STEPS Temporary Employment

Work Location:

Positions will work remotely and extensive travel will be required within each identified service region (Cumberland; Salt River Trail).

Salary Range:


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Required Education:

High School diploma or GED

Physical Requirements:

Sitting for extended periods of time; lifting, pushing, pulling up to 20lbs.


30-40 hours a week. Variable hours depending on program and client needs

Job Summary:

Kinship Peer Supporters will work within the Kentucky Kinship Information, Navigation, and Support (KY-KINS) program housed in the College of Social Work’s Kentucky Kinship Resource Center (KKRC).
Kinship Peer Supporters will provide structured peer support and outreach to kinship caregivers. This position will support KY-KINS participants in an array of “life” areas, including home stresses, familial dynamics, goal setting, and social relationships through regular one-on-one and small group interactions with families and caregivers. Peer supporters will promote positive behavior through experimental sharing, behavior modeling, goal setting, skill development, promoting self-efficacy, and fostering the development of healthy social capital.
Kinship Peer Supporters will be required to engage in a rigorous 40+ hour training protocol and will have the opportunity to achieve Kinship Peer Supporter Certification through the ongoing training process.

Kinship Care is the full-time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child. This definition is designed to be inclusive and respectful of cultural values and ties of affection. It allows a child to grow to adulthood in a family environment.” (Child Welfare League of America from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website)

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

Candidates should have extensive first-hand experience with kinship caregiving; experience working with varied and diverse individuals and groups; knowledge of policy, processes, and resources associated with kinship caregiving; strong verbal and written communication skills; the ability to work as a team member, and excellent time management skills. Candidates should be customer service oriented. Computer and data entry skill as well as the ability to utilize Microsoft Office Suite is also desired.

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University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time