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Peer Gambling Recovery Specialist (Community Outreach Worker II)

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Job Description
The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry’s Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling has an opening for a Peer Gambling Recover Specialist to cover the Baltimore City region of Maryland. The main purpose of this position is to provide recovery support for problem gambling services. The position is a non-clinical peer-based position working with persons who are at risk or receiving treatment for problem gambling disorders and their families. Peer Recovery Specialists assist with outreach efforts to the community to engage, educate and support individuals through the process of making life changes related to recovery from problem gambling-related issues and possibly other co-occurring disorders including substance use and mental health. Peers serve as coaches to model the process of recovery through their personal experience, while serving as an advocate for multiple pathways to recovery/wellness. Responsibilities will include providing peer support for persons to educate them about treatment services and other support resources to help them in their road to recovery; to provide support for the state's dedicated problem gambling helpline; and to provide community outreach to educate and raise awareness about problem gambling and resources available through the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling. This Non-Exempt, Contractual position offers a generous benefits package that includes 10 vacation days, 11 personal and holidays, 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; and limited tuition remission for employees enrolled at UMB. Candidates chosen for this position should be able to work flexible hours and work in various community settings. A valid Maryland driver's license is required. This position may require the employee to visit various community programs within the state. In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.   
Essential Functions

  • Provides crisis intervention through supportive listening, providing basic health education, assisting clients' access to various treatment and support services, and referring clients to needed resources.
  • Conducts initial assessment in order to determine individual client needs.
  • Attends community meetings/outreach activities to establish communication and rapport to promote Center services.
  • Prepares and distributes informational literature.
  • Participates in the evaluation of materials and methods designed to meet the educational needs of the client community.
  • Recruits a client base within the community by identifying, locating, interviewing, and screening individuals who may be appropriate for the program.
  • Provides general information to individuals and families on program objectives and services; eligibility requirements and benefits; confidentiality of information etc.
  • Serves as a liaison between the client and community resources including department staff, City, State, and Federal social services agencies.
  • Refers clients for appointments with treatment providers, reminds them of pending appointments.
  • Assists with client retention by following up on all contacts for continued progress assessment and locating those clients who have moved or lost contact with the program.
  • Assists with planning, organizing, and implementing community special events such as health fairs, workshops etc.
  • Participates in staff meeting and conferences. Reports on community outreach activities including problems and concerns.
  • Prepares written reports and maintains records of outreach contacts and activities.
  • Updates information in database from various data collected.
  • Maintains a good working relationship with all members of the community.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.

Education: High School Diploma or GED
Experience: Two (2) years in community outreach, health care, research, and/or social services. Prior experience as a Peer Counselor or additions recovery is strongly preferred.
Other: Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.  Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
General knowledge of community and/or social service resources and programs. Skill in assessing client needs. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to operate computers and other office equipment. Ability to write reports and maintain records.  Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact. Ability to interact with the public, health care/treatment providers, community organizations, and other social service agencies. Ability to maintain poise and courtesy under pressure.  Conditions of Employment:
Employees in this job class may be required to use their personal automobile while conducting official business and possess a valid Maryland Non-commercial Class C License. Employees in this job class may be required to successfully pass a police background check. Based on the duties of this position, selected candidates are not eligible to participate in the Bargaining Unit (Union).  Salary Range: $32,812 - $40,000 
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected]
If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected] Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address. 

Job: Reg or CII Non-Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: School of Medicine - Psychiatry
Job Posting: Jun 1, 2021
Unposting Date: Jun 15, 2021, 10:59:00 PM




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Posted: 6/2/2021
Application Due: 6/16/2021
Work Type: Full Time