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Bilingual/Bicultural Peer Support Specialist

  • 14 Jul 2020 4:15 AM
    Message # 9100942


    Bilingual/Bicultural Peer Support Specialist

    Job Summary: Recovery Café Longmont is a community of refuge and healing for people in recovery. The Bilingual/Bicultural Peer Support Specialist has a deep understanding of the Café’s vision to be an enlightened community where people in all walks of recovery are empowered to be their best selves and works in a culturally attuned manner to nurture and maintain our guiding principles: shows respect, practices forgiveness, cultivates compassion, encourages growth, and connects with the divine love in ourselves and others.

    The Bilingual/Bicultural Peer Support Specialist reports to the executive director and provides outreach and support to members of the Latinx community experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.

    The Bilingual/Bicultural Peer Support Specialist is a person in recovery from a mental illness and/or substance use, and has experience working with others on their individual road to recovery. The Specialist incorporates their own recovery experience as a means of inspiring hope in those they serve, as well as providing a positive role model to others. They know the journey to recovery is real and attainable, because they have traveled the path.

    Days and Hours of Operation: This is a full-time salaried position; the work week is Tuesday -


    Provide Culturally Responsive Member Support

    ● Embrace and promote the Café’s core values of radical hospitality and loving accountability

    ● Communicate and enforce Café guidelines and boundaries

    ● Provide individualized, ongoing guidance, coaching and support

    ○ Assist members in increasing social support networks of relatives, friends and/or

    significant others

    ○ Conduct New Member Introduction meetings in Spanish

    ○ Assist members with accessing community resources

    ○ Facilitate bilingual or monolingual Recovery Circles (small peer support groups)

    ● Advocate for members

    ○ Empower member leaders and create accountability for member goals

    ○ Work in cooperation with other providers, family members or significant others involved in the member’s recovery plan

    ○ Observe all rules of confidentiality and boundaries with members

    ○ Write letters for members for completed service work, recommendations, etc.

    ○ Obtain member input for improving operations

    Community Outreach

    ● Actively engage members of Longmont’s Latinx community sharing the vision of Recovery Cafe Longmont and welcoming new members

    ● Develop formal and informal relationships with community partners serving the Latinx community in order to provide bicultural community supports for members

    ● Advocate on behalf of persons with behavioral health issues for culturally responsive services, the protection of the member’s rights, and assist in reducing stigma associated with such challenges

    Additional Responsibilities:

    ● Attend Recovery Café staff and relevant committee meetings

    ● Align with Latinx member’s needs and work in conjunction with the executive director to develop culturally attuned programing

    ● Contribute content to email and printed newsletters; social media

    ● Manage and update Spanish language sections on website

    ● Perform outreach presentations in English and Spanish and represent Recovery Café to the greater community

    ● Attend designated community and partner meetings

    ● Perform other related duties as assigned Required for this Position:

    ● Sustained recovery from a mental illness, substance use, or both for 2 years

    ● High proficiency speaking, reading and writing Spanish and English

    ● Possess deep knowledge of the Longmont Latinx culture

    ● Have cultural humility and willingness to learn of others’ experiences

    ● Be willing to self-disclose about personal recovery journey

    ● Strong desire to support people along their recovery journey and paths of choice

    ● Must have strong interpersonal communication skills

    ● Ability to serve as a motivator, conflict resolver, and de-escalator for members

    ● Ability to accurately represent Café services and programs to other agencies

    ● Ability to work amicably on a diverse staff and volunteer team with flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm

    ● Capacity to be loving and to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries with Café patrons who at times may be very challenging

    ● Proficiency in basic computer skills sufficient to communicate effectively with staff and other agencies using G Suite

    ● Strong organizational skills

    ● Ability to embody principles of recovery in daily interactions

    ● Reliable transportation 

    Minimum Education, Work, and Skill Requirements:

    ● Education: College degree with a focus on social services, counseling, psychology, mental health and/or recovery issues preferred. Relevant work experience may substitute.

    ● Work Experience: 2-5 years progressively responsible work experience in a position utilizing skills relevant to this position.

    Additional Desirable Qualifications:

    ● Previous experience in a social service agency and with populations struggling with addiction and/or mental health concerns

    ● Addiction training or education in human services

    ● Supervisory experience

    ● Drug/alcohol counseling experience

    ● Experience outreaching Latinx communities


    Starting Salary Range: $40,000 - $45,000 based on experience. Benefits are limited to paid time off and holidays.

    To Apply:

    Email resume and cover letter explaining how your work and life experiences qualify you for this position to:

    For more information, visit our website:

    Recovery Café Longmont is a drug-free workplace. Candidates and employees must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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