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Community Peer Specialist Coordinator (Norfolk Portsmouth)

Company: George Mason University
Location: Portsmouth
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Job Description:

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College of Public Health (CPH)

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Not Applicable

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Yes, is not eligible for layoff or severance benefits.

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Classified Staff

Role (State) Job Title

Direct Service Associate III

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Community Peer Specialist Coordinator (Norfolk Portsmouth)

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Commensurate with education and experience.

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Community Peer Specialist Coordinator [100% Grant Funded position]

The George Mason University's College of Public Health (CPH), seeks a Community Peer Specialist Coordinator for the Norfolk/Portsmouth site. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the College of Public Health:

The College of Public Health (CPH) comprises six academic units (departments): Global and Community Health; Health Administration and Policy; Nursing; Nutrition and Food Studies; Rehabilitation Science; and Social Work. The College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students and approximately 120 faculty and staff. With the recent launch of its PhD in public health degree offered with 2 concentrations, the College has accomplished several key milestones necessary to becoming the first college of public health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As part of these efforts, CPH remains committed to transdisciplinary research and inter-professional practice leveraging the notable health disciplines comprising the College.

About the Project:

The George Mason University School of Nursing has received a grant from the Virginia Department of Health and will manage the "Empowered Communities Opioid Project", or ECOP. The Empowered Community Opioid Project (ECOP) utilizes principles from care coordination, case management, and population health to maximize health outcomes and resource utilization for populations and the individuals within them. This targeted approach is a hub-and-spoke community model of care which arranges clinical service delivery assets into a network consisting of an anchor establishment (hub) which offers a full array of clinical support services, and secondary communities (spokes), routing patients needing more intensive services to the hub for treatment. Additionally, it uses active cross-sector system collaborations with criminal justice, behavioral health, and medical teams to optimize resources.

About the Position:

The Community Peer Recovery Specialist Coordinator is an active member of the Norfolk/Portsmouth community site. As a Community Site Coordinator, this role is vitally important in forming a strong bond between advisory board members, community partners (CSB, jail, others), and site peer recovery specialists. The Community Site Coordinator serves on the Norfolk/Portsmouth Community team. This role helps in building recovery community models for cross-sector collaboration, engagement, and mentorship of the ECOP model and coordination for quick access to MAT/MOUD Bridges for rapidly released individuals who are involved in the carceral and legal systems. Responsibilities include local implementation and delivery of the ECOP model, team management, and administrative oversight.
Preferred personal attributes for this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Ability to align staff and partners with goals;

  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines, high volume, and competing priorities;

  • Ability to independently solve problems;

  • Ability to use automated technology to establish and maintain case records, and to produce correspondence and reports;

  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, and Zoom;

  • Ability to mentor and motivate a team;

  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality; and

  • Ability to build rapport and listen actively.


    The Community Peer Recovery Specialist Coordinator has authority to interpret and implement management policies and operating practices, such as staffing assignments, training, resolving grievances of staff, and upholding discipline within the workplace. In collaboration with the supervisor, the Community Peer Recovery Specialist Coordinator will participate in the hiring process and will collectively address disciplinary actions.

    • Manage the logistics of implementing the ECOP model at the local community site;

    • Monitor the delivery of peer navigation services, assure fidelity to the ECOP model, and support quality improvement;

    • Collaborate with HUB team to build and maintain relationships with local stakeholders who form the spoke site's advisory board and key partners;

    • Organize and participate in full team meetings with HUB team;

    • Collect data to help identify social and community health needs, gaps, and program impact;

    • Provide both task-oriented and reflective supervision to Peer Navigators, support professional growth, and ensure authenticity of ECOP model adoption;

    • Review status of all active participants, provide updates, solicit team feedback, and share information;

    • Plan, organize, and deliver Peer Navigator team meetings;

    • Research and deliver ongoing staff skills development in collaboration with the HUB team;

    • Ensure compliance with established protocols, policies, and procedures;

    • Lead quality data collection, quality checks, analysis, and sharing of information. Verify the proper completion of all consent and research paperwork;

    • Create monthly and quarterly reports and meet deadlines; and

    • Manage local program costs within budget.

      Required Qualifications:

      • High School Diploma or GED;

      • Experience coordinating projects;

      • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills;

      • Previous experience in the medical, behavioral health, or human services field, serving individuals with disabilities;

      • Ability to model wellness, self-care, and healthy boundaries;

      • Reliable transportation to meet partners and staff within the local health district; and

      • Ability to meet volunteer criteria at the local jail or adult detention center.

        Preferred Qualifications:

        • Supervisory and/or management experience;

        • Lived experience and in stable recovery from a substance use disorder, with at least (2) years of sustained recovery time; or experience with a family member with lived experience from substance use disorder;

        • Lived experience with the carceral and legal systems; and

        • Current Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification.

          Special Instructions to Applicants

          For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, (3) a list of three professional references with contact information, and (4) a diversity statement summarizing the extent to which you have worked with any individuals from underrepresented groups and how you helped them identify and overcome barriers to success.

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          Mason Ad Statement

          Great Careers Begin at Mason!

          George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

          Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

          If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

          George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

          Equity Statement

          George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

          Campus Safety Information

          Mason's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at http://police.gmu.edu/annual-security-report/

Keywords: George Mason University, Portsmouth , Community Peer Specialist Coordinator (Norfolk Portsmouth), Other , Portsmouth, Virginia

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