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Peer Support Specialist (Part-time)

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Peer Support Specialist (Part-time) - 31819 University Staff

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: College of Nursing

Job Title: Open Rank Peer Support Specialist (Part-time)

Location: Pueblo County

Position #00816543 – Requisition #31819

Job Summary:

The CU College of Nursing is seeking a part-time (0.20 FTE) University Staff (non-classified) Peer Support Specialist (Open Rank) Doula for the CU College of Nursing. The position will support the grant funded peer support specialist doula program in Pueblo County.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

Examples of Work Performed:

Support Services
  • Under general supervision, receive training and serve as a Peer Support Specialist to implement peer-led interventions patients in opioid medication-assisted and traditional outpatient treatment.
  • Conduct structured, peer-led individual interventions 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 pregnant and postpartum patients in substance use treatment.
  • Provide connections to appropriate resources to patients as requested by the patient.
  • Maintain a repository of resources, and track demand/utilization of resources by patients, communicating with leadership/supervisor of action items and additional resources required, partnerships to establish.
  • 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.
  • Complete paperwork for each participant served, as required by grant-specific paperwork requirements.
  • Provide support to people who are admitted into evidence-based MAT treatment within their region.
  • Establish and maintain communication, either on site, or by phone with care providers.
  • Participate in regular community meetings focused on addressing opiate/substance use challenges, as assigned by supervisor.
  • Facilitate peer recovery support services in an individual setting.
  • Assist participants with the creation of a personal recovery plan, as requested by participant.
  • Participate in project and site meetings.
  • Provide support during inpatient labor admission as appropriate.

  • 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.
  • Manage confidential patient information and health records.
  • Document intervention activities accurately and timely and seek consultation from the 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, the department of social services, and other relevant agencies.

This description is a summary only and describes the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business needs. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Why Join Us:

CU Nursing is an amazing place to be. We have the distinct advantage of being a part of a huge medical campus with three incredible hospitals – the VA, the nationally ranked University of Colorado Hospital, and the Children's Hospital Colorado where our nursing students and faculty learn every day. From our beginning 125 years ago as part of the School of Medicine at CU Boulder to our current home at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the college has been a recognized leader in nursing education (ranked #10 in online MS graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report 2023). Our faculty, students and staff have been instrumental in shaping the profession of nursing and teaching the next generation of nurses while treating patients in our own nurse-led clinics. Be a part of an innovative, dynamic, diverse, and exciting workplace -- helping make great things happen. Join us in our quest to boldly transform health together.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado 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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Level I:
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).

Level II:
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • At least one (1) year of peer support or related work experience.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment (All Levels):

Must be willing and able to self-identify as having experienced the process of recovery from a mental health disorder, substance use disorder, trauma, or one or all of such conditions.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification within 1 year of hire date (fee paid by employer).
  • Candidate must provide evidence of earning 60 contact and training hours (CEs) of peer recovery-focused education and training.
  • Must include at least 48 hours of peer recovery-focused education/training, including education in documentation, community/family education, case management, crisis management, Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), screening and intake, identification of indicators of substance use and/or co-occurring disorders for referral, service coordination, service planning, cultural awareness and/or humility, and basic pharmacology.
  • Must include at least six hours of ethics education and training within the last six years.
  • Must include six hours of HIV/other pathogens education and training within the last six years.

  • Must be willing and able to work some evenings and weekends on an infrequent, as-needed basis.

    Must be willing and able to work in normal patient care environment with some exposure to biological hazards and infectious diseases.

    Preferred Qualifications (All Levels):
    • Prior work experience in Patient Navigation and connecting patients to required services or resources.
    • Prior work experience in working with pregnant and postpartum individuals and families or people dealing with mental health or substance use
    • Experience with motivational interviewing techniques.
    • Experience working with clients who are involved with the criminal justice system, probation/parole, human services, and/or other similar referral sources.
    • Experience working with electronic health records.
    • Must be willing and able to utilize bilingual skills (Spanish/English) at a conversation level in a professional setting.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (All Levels):
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of basic therapeutic confrontation and clinical site systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport, positive relationships.
  • Excellent critical thinking abilities
  • Must honor, support, and accept all pathways to recovery.
  • 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 in compliance with HIPAA standards.
  • Ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures and diverse socioeconomic situations.
  • Ability to effectively and accurately check for typographical, grammatical and/or spelling errors in documents.
  • Knowledge of basic care coordination, medical/hospital and/or community resources.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite products.
  • Ability to successfully handle multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment.

  • How to Apply:

    For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):

    1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position, including prior experience with addiction substance use disorder, the path to recovery and time since use, and existing supports for maintaining recovery/sobriety

    2. Curriculum vitae / Resume

    3. Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

    4. A copy of all relevant diplomas/certifications (i.e. confirmation of high school diploma)

    Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

    Questions should be directed to: College of Nursing Human Resources at

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Anticipated Pay Range:

    The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as:

    Level I - $7,944 to $9,215 per year (calculated at 0.2 FTE)

    Level II - $8,340 to $9,675.40 per year (calculated at 0.2 FTE)

    The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

    Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

    Total Compensation Calculator:

    ADA Statement:

    The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at​.

    Background Check Statement:

    The University of Colorado 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.

    Vaccination Statement:

    CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program.
    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below Application Materials Instructions: For full consideration, please submit the following document(s): 1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position, including prior experience with addiction substance use disorder, the path to recovery and time since use, and existing supports for maintaining recovery/sobriety 2. Curriculum vitae / Resume 3. Five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address 4. A copy of all relevant diplomas/certifications (i.e.confirmation of high school diploma)

    Job Category: Health Care

    Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- Anschutz Med Campus or Denver - 20468 - CON-DEAN ADMINISTRATION

    Schedule: Part-time

    Posting Date: Feb 22, 2024

    Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: College of Nursing Human Resources Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00816543

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