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Job Title: Peer Specialist

Department: Health and Human Services

Division: Behavioral Health/Tribal Opioid Response

Status: Non-Exempt/Full-time

Salary: $14.61/hourly

Position Summary: Under close supervision, helps and supports fellow peers cultivate their independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem; empowers others to explore new options, resources, relationships, feelings, attitudes, and rights. The Peer Specialist is a mentor, companion, educator, advocate and friend to program clients.

The work is normally reviewed in progress and upon completion of each assignment to ensure accuracy, timeliness, and conformance to established standards; most aspects of the work tasks are covered by detailed instructions or procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership, supports and encourages positive behaviors and addresses behaviors that are detrimental to the individual and/or community; provides leadership in the performance of therapeutic activities.
  • Forms professional relationships with clients and communicates with them in a way that respects their views, autonomy and culture.
  • Assists and empowers clients in carrying out each objective.
  • Ensures clients have full access to a variety of services and service providers to meet their specific needs.
  • Assists clients on daily-programmed activities, including the assistance of selling of crafted goods.
  • Provides coaching, emotional support, and soft skills training for appropriate workplace conduct, such as conflict management, problem-solving skills, and appropriate interactions with other members.
  • Coordinates with appropriate individuals to provide assistance if a client should get injured or have an accident.
  • Transports members to and from service treatment center or outside activities.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Contributes to a team effort.
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in the Tohono O’odham culture, customs, and traditions.
  • Knowledge of various mental health diagnosis
  • Knowledge of barriers to members faced by disadvantaged populations.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Skill in providing superior customer service for both internal and external customers.
  • Skill in organization and planning.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions and implementing recommendations
  • Skill to train subordinate members, assign tasks, and to supervise their work.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate positive, professional interpersonal relationships with staff, peers, volunteers and others.
  • Ability to exercises good personal time management, and to be consistent and reliable.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.
  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certifications.
  • Ability to travel within the interior/exterior boundaries of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma and three months experience in working in a position assisting others with basic needs, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and work experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of this position.

Licenses, Certifications, Special Requirements:

  • Must obtain certifications in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid within the first six months of hire.
  • Upon recommendation for hire a criminal background and National FBI check is required to determine suitability for hire, including a 39-month Motor Vehicle Record.
  • May require possessing and maintaining a valid driver’s license, (no DUIs or major traffic citations within the last three years).
  • If required, must meet the Tohono O’odham Nation tribal employer’s insurance requirements to receive a driver’s permit to operate program vehicles.
  • Based on the department’s needs, incumbents may be required to demonstrate fluency in both the Tohono O’odham Language and English as a condition of employment.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. Employee will occasionally use a standard telephone, view computer/monitor and type, and some occasional handwriting. Occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.


Location Sells  
Open Date 8/23/2022  
Close Date  
About the Organization The Tohono O'odham Nation is a federally-recognized tribe that includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in Southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservations in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. Its four non-contiguous segments total more than 2.8 million acres at an elevation of 2,674 feet.  

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