High school diploma or GED required; graduate of State of Wisconsin Peer Specialist Training; certified in Wisconsin as a Certified Peer Specialist or become certified within one year of hire. Meet all WCS and contractor requirements for criminal and caregiver background, driver's record, and reference checks. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Lived experience with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring needs and knowledge of recovery principles. Valid driver's license, automobile, and sufficient insurance to meet agency requirements is preferred.
Follow agency Code of Conduct and Core Values; adhere to established policies and procedures of the agency and of all funding sources; conduct self in an ethical manner; maintain professional and respectful relationships with program staff, other WCS staff, residents and all external persons and agencies involved with service provision; positive attitude and interpersonal skills; dependable; sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic and disability issues; demonstrate commitment to agency values and mission.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work in a diverse setting interacting with homeless individuals with substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring needs. Must have good communication skills, be flexible, patient, and compassionate and maintain confidential information. Must have the ability to work independently with a minimal amount of supervision but must be a strong team player as well. Ability to multi-task, take initiative and apply knowledge to variety of circumstances.