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 Certified Peer Specialist (Bilingual English/Spanish) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Job information
Posted by: City of Philadelphia 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 721423906 / Latpro-3670455 
Date posted: Mar-11-2019
State, Zip: Pennsylvania, 19019


Certified Peer Specialist (Bilingual English/Spanish)

  • 1101 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

With a workforce of over 25,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.

Agency Description

The mission of DBHIDS is to improve the health status of Philadelphians in need of behavioral health and/or intellectual disability services. This is accomplished through an emphasis on recovery and resilience-focused behavioral health services, as well as an emphasis on self-determination for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help individuals realize their goals and attain the highest quality of life possible. We work with persons recovering from mental health and/or substance use, individuals with intellectual disabilities, families, and service providers to ensure that high quality services are accessible, effective and appropriate. We are committed to developing a system of care that is data-driven, employs evidence-based practices, promotes cultural competence and eliminates health care disparities.

Job Description

This is mental health recovery support work in the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, providing person-centered peer support services to adults with behavioral health challenges to aid in recovery, community integration and employment processes.  Employees in this class are responsible for serving as an advocate, providing recovery and wellness information and assisting in the identification of program services to individuals with behavioral health challenges to aid in their recovery process. Employees collaborate with other units to provide support for individuals living with behavioral health challenges by lending their insight and providing peer support in a variety of settings.  Guiding the development of a Recovery Plan, aiding in the identification of goals for recovery and wellness and assisting in the development and delivery of transformational training to a diverse population is a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under the close supervision of the Special Initiatives Specialist.

Essential Functions:

  • Attends networking meetings to provide support and information on Peer Services and wellness initiatives
  • Supports staff in identifying environments that are conducive to recovery L
  • Ends unique insight into mental health and mental health recovery; coordinate and deliver transformation trainings to a diverse population, including behavioral health professionals, persons with lived experiences, and community members;
  • Organizes and assists in preparing outreach materials; maintains documentation of encounters; coordinates and communicates with team and department staff to discuss ongoing issues regarding access and treatment; leads trainings as required.


  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Current certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB)
  • One year of experience providing peer support to individuals with behavioral health challenges in a mental health agency or;
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included certification as a Certified Peer Specialist by the Pennsylvania Certification Board or equivalent certifying body.


  • community resources, coping skills, and advocacy techniques
  • principles and practices of recovery
  • the meaning and role of peer support
  • basic definition and dynamics of recovery
  • the role of peer support at each stage of the recovery process
  • the elements of a Recovery Plan


  • demonstrating sensitivity to mental health issues


  • create and facilitate a variety of group actives that support mental health recovery
  • understand and complete documentation required by State agencies
  • learn and implement the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health practice guidelines for recovery and resilience-oriented treatment
  • facilitate identifying strengths and recovery and wellness goals
  • recognize and report progress made toward meeting recovery objectives
  • support consumers in creating a Recovery Plan
  • utilize and teach problem solving techniques with individuals and groups
  • interact sensitively and effectively with individuals with mental health challenges
  • employ tact, diplomacy and judgment in dealing with sensitive populations
  • establish rapport and cooperative relationships with individuals possessing behavioral health challenges
  • prepare written reports.
  • present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.

Additional Information

Salary: $35,282- $38,348

The City provides a comprehensive benefits package including the following:

  • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Deferred compensation program
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Training and career development
  • Supportive, challenging, and innovative environment
  • The City of Philadelphia is a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer

Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application. Once hired, employees have six months to move into and maintain residency in the City of Philadelphia as a condition of employment.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age,disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at (see application details) or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website at:

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