Clark State College serves more than 6,500 students throughout the College's four campus locations in Springfield, Beavercreek and Bellefontaine, and Xenia Ohio as well as our extensive offering of online classes. Clark State strives to facilitate a culture that recognizes, embraces, and reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.
The H-1B Peer-to-Peer Recovery Specialist provides support services, based on personal experience, to students recovering from addiction and mental health issues in programs served by the H-1B One Workforce Grant. This position develops peer-to-peer relationships and coordinates referrals to campus and community-based services as required while the student is enrolled at Clark State with a special emphasis on increasing student retention in the certificate and degree programs covered by the H-1B grant. Key features are promoting support through advocacy and planning, coordinating follow-up to ensure students’ needs are being met, and work with recovering students who have been placed with employers via WBL to ensure their smooth transition into the work environment and their retention in that job. This is a grant funded position that ends January 31, 2025.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assists recovering students to develop a plan for self-advocacy, including identifying personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses
- Establishes and maintains relationships with students recovering from addiction and mental health issues proving individualized coaching and support
- Advises and assists in creating an academic plan and course selection. Provides academic coaching to participants
- Meets with individual participants and employment site supervisors to determine progress and provide appropriate support and recommendations
- Tracks and maintains records on project participants’ outcomes, reports progress to grant managers, and recommends changes to improve student persistence and completion
- Coordinates wrap-around services for students through college and community assistance programs (such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - TANF, Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act - WIOA)
- Collaborates with Clark State academic/faculty advisors and other academic student support services and administrative staff as needed
- Prepares, maintains, and presents various records and reports as required
Education and/or Experience:
- Certification through a Peer Supporter Certification training program approved by the State of Ohio is required.
- Associate’s degree in social work, addiction studies, or a related field is required.
- Past or present consumer of mental health or substance abuse services
- Experience in higher education preferred
- Experience working with mentoring or community assistance programs is preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
- Must be able to exercise initiative and independent judgement in performance of assigned duties
- Experience working collaboratively in a group/team environment
- Excellent customer service and listening skills
- Commitment to multicultural awareness and strong cross-cultural communication skills
- Ability to work effectively with people (students, staff, faculty, college leaders, state and national agencies, etc.) from a wide array of backgrounds
- Ability to identify and solve problems; excellent oral and written communication skills including writing and presenting grant reports; ability to coordinate multiple activities and schedules and to meet deadlines
- Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office and ability to learn college academic information systems (Colleague, Blackboard, etc.)
- Positive can-do attitude to help motivate students to achieve short and long-term goals
- Must be able to work independently, handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the students (workday and/or evenings)
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. EOE/AA
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