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Peer Recovery Research Specialist (Community Outreach Worker 2)

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The University of Maryland School of Social Work is accepting applications for a Peer Recovery Research Specialist (PRRS) (Community Outreach Worker II). This grant-funded position supports the efforts of two active research projects: (1) Innovations in Recovery through Infrastructure Support (IRIS), funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and (2) Evaluation of a Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).  
1)    IRIS helps build strong and equitable community-academic partnerships to engage in opioid recovery-focused research. The PRRS will work with IRIS researchers, staff, and community-based partners. As part of their work, the PRRS will support peer-focused research projects and initiatives, including the IRIS Recovery Research Fellowship. The PRRS will also engage in outreach and perform administrative tasks to support the project.
2)    SAMHSA has funded Arundel Lodge, Inc. a community mental health agency, to establish and evaluate a new Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic. The Urgent Care Clinic provides immediate assistance to individuals experiencing mental health and/or substance use-related crises. The PRRS will work closely with the evaluation team and Urgent Care staff to coordinate and conduct interviews with Urgent Care Clinic users, which include children and adults (5 and older) experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. The PRRS will also engage in outreach and perform administrative tasks to support the project.   This non-exempt, contractual position is fully funded through at least 2024, and offers a generous benefits package that includes 10 vacation days, 11 personal and holidays, 5 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and supplemental retirement options; limited employee tuition remission at UMB; and peer supervision towards state certification. UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources. The PRRS will be expected to work at least 2 days at their University of Maryland, Baltimore office during regular business hours, and 1-2 days a week at the Urgent Care Clinic, and may tele-work the remaining hours. 
Essential Functions
  • Function as a Peer Recovery Research Specialist for the IRIS recovery research project and the Arundel Lodge Behavioral Health Urgent Care Clinic evaluation.
  • Work with IRIS team to complete project tasks including:
    • Attending and participating in research meetings
    • Coordinating communication with academic and community partners, and
    • Planning and implementing IRIS events
  • Conduct structured interviews with individuals experiencing mental health or substance use-related crises.
  • Keep tracking forms, contact logs, and other organizational tools regularly updated for all interviews and interview attempts.
  • Complete regular data entry into SAMHSA reporting system and Credible EHR system for all interviews completed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education: High School Diploma or GED
Experience: Two (2) years in community outreach, health care, research, and/or social services.
Preferred Experience: Prior experience as a Peer Counselor or serving another peer role within recovery support services is strongly preferred. Spanish fluency is a plus.
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:
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience working with individuals who have a history of mental health or substance use-related conditions
  • Demonstrate and support a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Knowledge of recovery support services; knowledge of recovery research benefits and practices is a plus
  • Experience supporting or leading projects related to recovery support services
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with project staff, colleagues, and community partners
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to operate computers and other office equipment, including use of Microsoft Office and Zoom. Ability to write reports and maintain records.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact.
 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 will 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). 
Hiring Range: $35,000 - $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 Social Work - General Instruction
Job Posting: May 16, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing


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