Peer Navigator for Project Aware
Job | Posted 15 days ago
Peer Navigator for Project Aware
Native American Student Services
Director of Native American Student Services
Department Support – NEA 12 months
40 hours per week
Works in an interdisciplinary team to facilitate and coordinate students’ continuum of care for mental health, educational support, family support services, and substance abuse prevention. Coordinates daily activities, ensuring access and utilization of clinical, community, and educational resources, and provides referral sources for students and families. Reports and communicates the needs of students to the clinical team and program directors. Facilitates and prepares students’ life and educational transitions, general wellness and prevention services, and community resources. This position is funded by a grant; therefore, without grant funding this position could be eliminated.
Minimum: Bachelor’s degree or two years of experience in social work. Valid NM driver's license and clean driving record. Current CPR/First Aid Certification (or willingness to become certified). Knowledge and experience in special education.
Preferred: Education work experience. Mental or Behavioral health experience.
Knowledge/Skills and Abilities:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Effectively communicate with tribal and diverse populations. Cultural and diversity understanding and awareness, specifically working with urban indigenous students and families. Interpersonal skills that promote and encourage teamwork. Advanced knowledge of HIPAA and confidentiality standards. Advanced knowledge of community and referral resources for clients’ diverse needs. Skills documenting effective case management notes. Ability to coordinate volunteer and vocational activities for participants. Critical thinking/problem solving and ability to multi-task with multiple projects and activities related to student, families, and school staff. Ability to manage a variety of tasks and organize workload effectively. Maintain effective professional relationships at all levels within the organization. Familiarity with community resources including mental health, social, financial, educational, housing, healthcare, employment, childcare, and other support that may be required. Ability to advocate, network, and conduct outreach to various entities outside of the school environment to provide resources for students and parents. Ability to build rapport with clients. Ability to delegate responsibilities and needs to the clinical team. Ability to know educational foundations, goals, developmental needs, IEP plans, tracking tools and resources to aid in students' educational plans. Understanding of online databases. Engage in community outreach, work to develop community relationships to provide wraparound care for students and their families. Public speaking including but not limited to facilitating or co-facilitating psycho-educational support groups on topics in collaboration with the clinical team. Goal oriented. Reliable and accountable. Maintain punctuality. Demonstrate self-motivation and self-directed behavior. Ability to maintain and demonstrate confidentiality.
Essential Job Functions:
Performs all functions in accordance with established policies, procedures, safety and environmental regulations, facility and computer security policies and procedures. Functions are subject to change from time to time to meet the needs of the organization. Current essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Identify and reduce unmet needs within Indigenous populations, this includes working to discover the needs of the participants and their families.
- Work to address health inequalities in identified populations.
- Work to improve health of program participants, which includes connecting participants to resources in the community such as medical, dental, and food resources.
- Act as a care coordinator whose role it is to connect participants to resources and follow their progress toward improved health outcomes.
- Work to create stronger service coordination between agencies and improved communication among community providers and stakeholders.
- Assist in coordinating and connecting participants and their families to resources in the community and work with them to create step-by step plans to solve problems and meet personal goals.
- Will check, track, and plan with participants frequently and take them step-by-step through different agency applications and processes, and then report progress to Project Aware team.
- Will advocate for students so that they are empowered to advocate for themselves in the future.
- Will work within a team atmosphere with Project Aware team by providing consistent and constant updates, communicating participants’ progress, needs and obstacles, assist in scheduling with treatment team, attend community events and meet with agencies that provide community support; network to find additional resources for participants and their families.
- Prepare presentations/reports related to program information and progress.
- Organize outreach activities as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Salary Range and Benefits:
$50,948-$55,025+ Medical, dental, and vision benefits are available to full and part-time employees that work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Resources Used in Performing Job Include (but are not limited to):
Standard office equipment and software platforms such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the Google Suite. Telephone, fax, copier, computer, stamp machine, badge machine, calculator.
Regularly required to stand and move throughout a room and/or facility. Communicates verbally and electronically. Uses hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. Frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl. Occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, and drive. May have occasion to perform heavy lifting up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus. Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and private automobile. Some evening or weekend work and travel may be required. Proficient use of standard office equipment and systems: phone, copier, computer including Microsoft Office and the Google Suite.
Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and phone usage. Some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required. Some occasional travel is required for meetings and conferences.
- Demonstrates reliability as evidenced by attendance records and punctuality.
- Properly notifies supervisor and/or designee of absences or tardiness.
- Begins and completes work within the allotted time.
- Self-directed; displays initiative that enhances programs.
- Consistently appears in attire appropriate to the work environment.
- Demonstrates skill in the use of equipment including its capabilities, limitations and appropriate/ special application.
- Protects the district’s resources through appropriate and careful use of supplies and equipment.
- Utilizes appropriate body mechanics to aid in the prevention of muscle strain/injury.