Peer/SUD Specialist
Job Details
Full Time
2 Year Degree
$19.29 - $19.91 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services


POSITION TITLE:              Temporary Peer/SUD Specialist  

DEPARTMENT:                  Adult Behavioral Health Services – CalWORKs Program

REPORTS TO:                     CalWORKs Program Supervisor

FLSA STATUS:                    1.0 FTE, Non-Exempt, Non- Union Position         

COMPENSATION:              $19.29 per hour or $19.91 bilingual differential

Position Overview:

The Peer Specialist is responsible for supporting clients with a substance use disorder (SUD) by conducting assessments and providing individual and family counseling, psychoeducation, case management, and other support services that help clients obtain employment and self-sufficiency goals.


  • Attend and participate in weekly Family Service Team (FST) meetings with the CalWORKs team, the client and his/her sources of support, and other service providers.
  • Provide assessment and facilitate linkage to resources and services that will support clients’ educational and employment goals.
  • Share personal experience to inspire others towards reaching their personal goals.
  • Develop individualized care plan for each client.
  • Conduct individual and family counseling sessions
  • Conduct assessments and formulate individualized plan driven by the client.    
  • Help clients remove barriers to workforce engagement.
  • Represent clients and intervene on their behalf with public officials.
  • Teach and model strategies for self-care and wellness.
  • Provide consistent outreach and engagement for clients who are new to the program and/or have missed appointments.
  • Develop and implement individual and group educational activities for clients.
  • Participate in all agency activities, meetings, events, etc.
  • Maintain all client files and complete appropriate service documentation.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


  • Lived mental health and/or substance abuse experience.
  • Drug and Alcohol certification or training preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Understanding of trauma and trauma-informed interventions.
  • Knowledge of alcohol and drug prevention and recovery/ treatment programs and principles.
  • Knowledge of and sensitive to diverse populations including the Latino and African American Community.
  • Valid California driver’s license and current automobile insurance.

Other Requirements:


  • Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and for meeting deadlines. Completes assigned work on or before deadlines in accordance with directives, policies, standards and proscribed procedures. 
  • Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to clients including cultural and ethical beliefs; and implements care in a thorough, skillful, consistent and continuous manner.
  • Knowledge of community resources for client referrals.
  • Attends work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness.  Provides adequate notice to supervisor and management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legal issues including client confidentiality and risk management in all aspects of client care and department functioning.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Team Commitment:

  • Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others; and acts as a resource to team members and clients where appropriate.
  • Handles difficult or conflict situations constructively and seeks appropriate assistance.
  • Takes accountability for own actions and accepts constructive criticism.
  • Attends all mandatory meetings and staff meetings as required, and actively participates in other departmental professional development including providing training and consultation.
  • Participates in the assessment of current and future department learning needs and assist in the development of learning plans.
  • Observes and keeps self-informed of activities in the department and makes recommendations for change.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with fellow employees, supervisor, managers in other departments, senior management and executive staff, and community stakeholders.
  • Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will within the agency.  



Working Conditions and Job Setting

  • Position involves extensive computer use and sitting


Other Compensation:

  • Work life balance
  • Great working hours
  • Supportive/Collaborative work environment
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Opportunities for Growth and Professional Development
  • Holiday and employee celebrations