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Peer Recovery Support Specialist (Part-time)

Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA

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The Peer Recovery Support Specialist reports to Prevention & Advocacy as part of the Independence Blue Cross Grant to fund Collegiate Recovery Communities in PA. The successful candidate will provide support services to students in recovery and work to decrease the stigma of behavioral health conditions across campus.

This position is grant-funded, and the hours are roughly 15-25+ hours a week for 6+ months with no more than 720 hours throughout the course of the position. The hours are flexible to work with the collegiate recovery program schedule and needs and will include some nights and weekends. The hourly rate is $20 per hour with a max total of $14,400 for the time of the grant which is currently set for January 2023 through June 2023 but will most likely be extended through December 2023.


There are two main areas of responsibility for this position, each with specific tasks:

  1. Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC):
  • Meet individually with students in recovery to provide personalized coaching and support; refer and connect to additional resources on and off campus
  • Create social, educational, and supportive programming efforts with and for students in recovery to build community including but not limited to weekly support groups, dinners, outings, awareness events, retreats, conferences, and more
  • Be an active member in Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) to learn from other institutions and be able to utilize best practices for CRC creation
  • Create a CRC brochure for admissions, manage the website and social media
  • Collaborations Across Campus:
    • Assist with the implementation of the Student Wellness and Support Services (SWISS) campus-wide survey; review data and use it to assess and promote the work of the growing CRC
    • Network and build relationships and collaborations that will benefit the CRC
    • Assist with Allies of Recovery Training for campus to help promote ally-ship and reduce stigma
    • Collaborate with Student Engagement staff to promote and implement sober social events on nights and weekends
    • Serve on Community Standards for Alcohol and other Substances (CSAS) Committee, specifically the Recovery-Friendly subgroup

    Additionally, the Peer Recovery Support Specialist will:

    • Meet weekly with supervisor
    • Attend various weekly departmental meetings when possible
    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification
    • Demonstrated initiative to solve problems and create and implement new ideas or programs
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to present to small and large groups
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

    Interested candidates should apply here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.

    Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.


    About Ursinus College

    • Founded in 1869
    • First admitted women in 1880
    • 1,650 students from 35 states and 12 countries
    • 20% students of color
    • 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio
    • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
    • All students and faculty are issued laptop computers
    • Nationally renowned First-Year Experience, including the Common Intellectual Experience(CIE) Freshmen Seminar
    • Over 60 courses of study, including a variety of interdisciplinary programs.
    • The Center for Science and The Common Good offers students the opportunity to focus on the intersection of science and society.
    • Idyllic 170-acre campus 25 miles from Philadelphia
    • Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Watson Foundation list, Project Pericles, Bonner Leader Program
    • Member of Project DEEP, the Annapolis Group, the Centennial Conference
    • Home to the Berman Museum of Art
    • U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrpreneurial Studies

    The College's most important assets are its faculty and staff. From time to time, a variety of job opportunities are available, both part-time and full-time. Ursinus is an ideal workplace where there are excellent resources and benefits and, of course, great people. The campus is beautiful and the students keep you young.

    Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.

    Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law with respect to all aspects of employment.

    Ursinus College complies with all federal, state, and local statutes and regulations governing employment practices.

    Ursinus College is an equal employment/affirmative action employer.

    All employees are expected to abide by Ursinus College’s equal employment/affirmative action policy.

    Specifically, in matters affecting employment and application for employment, the College will take affirmative action to ensure that each employee and applicant, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, or disability (except as limitations may be mandate by law) is accorded equal treatment with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, and opportunities for advancement. The College will make good-faith efforts to enhance employment opportunities for minorities and women compatible with the availability of qualified candidates in relevant employment markets in which Ursinus College is able to recruit.

    Ursinus College is committed to the celebration of and respect for human diversity.  We believe that human beings derive meaning and purpose through their membership in groups as well as through their common humanity and their uniqueness as individuals.  Intellectual and personal growth are enhanced by understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences among groups and individuals.

    The celebration of, and respect for, human diversity at Ursinus is based on the following:

    • The principles of freedom and the quality of individuals as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
    • The practical goal of preparing students to make significant contributions in an emerging global community.  All communities -- local, national and global -- are stronger and richer to the extent that individuals within them are able to communicate and to affirm life-enhancing values.
    • Individuals whose education has been grounded on mutual understanding and the celebration of human diversity are best prepared to contribute to the making of a just and equitable society.

    This statement on human diversity should inform and guide the Ursinus College community as it establishes and implements educational and administrative policies and practices.  These ideals seem especially relevant to those policies and practices that touch upon race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation and gender, and all other aspects which tend to differentiate human groups.

    In making this statement on human diversity, Ursinus College at the same time acknowledges the primary importance in an educational community of the diversity of ideas expressed in the pursuit of truth by all reasonable and free minds in an atmosphere of intellectual openness.

    This statement on human diversity at Ursinus College has been developed in the context of the mission statement of the College and the institutional values generated by the mission.

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