Looking to connect with others and contribute to your community through volunteering? Or ready to explore returning to work? Or looking for Virginia Peer Recovery Support Specialist jobs? This is the page for you!

Have a mental health recovery or peer specialist job to list? Contact the VOCAL Network by email at network@nullvocalvirginia.org or 804-343-1777. There is no fee to post.

Volunteer Opportunities

Peer Voice at Crisis Intervention Trainings – Be mentored by VOCAL staff on how to speak with law enforcement and professionals to share your experience as a peer in order to strengthen the positive relationships between the justice system and those with lived experience.

VOCAL’s Board of Directors –  Contact Deidre Johnson at deidre@nullvocalvirginia.org or 804.343.1777 for BOD info.

VOCAL Volunteers –  How would you like to contribute to the peer recovery movement in Virginia? VOCAL would love to support you in designing a volunteer position that fits your skills and passions. We also have ongoing needs where we could use support, as well. Contact Yolande Long at network@nullvocalvirginia.org or 804.343.1777. 

 

Paid Jobs and Careers for Virginia Peers

This list is based on information we receive from third parties. Be in touch with them directly for the most up-to-date status.

REACH Coordinator Job Description

ABOUT VOCAL:

VOCAL, the Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership, is a 100% peer-run statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health empowerment, recovery, and peer leadership. It was incorporated in 2000 to develop a diverse statewide coalition of consumers united to provide a voice for individual empowerment and to foster a consumer-driven mental health system.

REACH PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The VOCAL REACH (Recovery Education and Creative Healing) program offers opportunities to individual peers for education, training, and empowerment. It currently provides Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator training, continuing education opportunities for the Peer Recovery Specialist profession, and promotes the concepts of recovery and wellness throughout the state through workshops, trainings, and presentations.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Serving as a point of contact for peers seeking training and scholarships.
  • Ensuring prompt response to phone calls and email to the REACH office.
  • Organizing and coordinating training events.
  • Coordinate marketing and publicity of training events.
  • Processing training registrations and scholarship applications.
  • Coordinating travel arrangements, including but not limited to:

Scheduling hotel and travel reservations, assisting trainers in scheduling travel arrangements.

  • Collecting and remitting payments to the REACH Program Director and Operations Manager.
  • Coordinating material for submission to Virginia Certification Board.
  • Processing continuing education certificates.
  • Coordinating data collection for trainings, data entry for each training, and reporting data to the REACH Program Director.
  • Connecting with peers.
  • Updating and maintaining website as appropriate.
  • Maintaining office supplies and files.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Lived experience as a person with mental health challenges.
  • Belief in and commitment to the principles of mental health recovery.
  • Strong personal communication skills, compassion, trustworthiness, and integrity.
  • Self-motivation and skill in working in an independent environment, as well as team environments.
  • Skills in consensus-building, advocacy, and facilitation.
  • Good problem solving skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software, WordPress administration, and social media.
  • Prior office experience required.
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license and the ability to travel throughout Virginia.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • CPRS or PRS training preferred.

REPORTS TO:

REACH Program Director.

TYPE OF POSITION:

This position is categorized as contract, effective immediately through April 1, 2019, part-time at 20 hours per week, non-exempt. Flexibility is a must.

COMPENSATION:

Wages for this position will be commensurate with experience.

LOCATION:

Richmond.

TRAVEL:

Travel will be frequent in this position.

TO APPLY:

Email a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three references to jobs@nullvocalvirginia.org. Position is open until filled.

VOCAL is an equal-opportunity employer.

 

RBHA Employment Opportunity: Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Grant funded, full time
Applicant must be competent and comfortable working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, as well as sensitive to, and possess an understanding of, behavioral health disorders such as serious mental illness (SMI) and addiction. Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills required. Minimum requirements: High School Diploma or GED and at least two years’ experience delivering peer recovery support services. This program is looking for individuals with lived experience. Certification in Peer Recovery Support Services or certification eligibility preferred. Valid Virginia driver’s license required. For more information: www.rbha.org under “Employment Opportunities”
RBHA Employment Opportunity: Lead Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Grant-funded, full-time
Applicant must be competent and comfortable working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, as well as sensitive to, and possess an understanding of, behavioral health disorders such as serious mental illness (SMI) and addiction. Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills required. Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree with coursework in psychology, social work, counseling, or related field and at least two years’ experience delivering peer recovery support services. This program is looking for individuals with lived experience. Certification in Peer Recovery Support Services preferred. Valid Virginia driver’s license required.
For more information: www.rbha.org under “Employment Opportunities”

Ongoing Job Listings

Career Opportunities at Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services – Please apply online with the Recruitment Management System at https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/login

Veteran Peers may consider employment with one of the VA hospitals in the state. They also offer a Peer Support Apprentice Program for those who are not yet certified. http://www.vacareers.va.gov/peer-to-peer/http://www.vacareers.va.gov/peer-to-peer/

A search for “Peer Specialist” in Virginia on Indeed produced many viable options mixed in with positions that have nothing to do with peer support, but it is easy to tell the difference.