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Substance Use Outreach Specialist - Baltimore City
Title:Substance Use Outreach Specialist - Baltimore City
Location:Baltimore City
Mental Health:N/A
Substance Use/Problem Gambling:Substance Use

This is an excellent opportunity for people who want to help families in need!

We seek people who have had personal experience (not work related ) as a caregiver of a loved one who has/had substance use challenges. 

As a Family Peer Support Outreach Specialist, you will use your personal experience to help connect families in your community who are in need of emotional support, resources and understanding of various systems, as they support their family through this difficult time. 

Who We Are

Founded in 1999, Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) is a statewide nonprofit with a central office in Columbia, Md., and staff located in communities throughout the state. Using personal experience as parents, caregivers, youth and other loved ones, we connect, support and empower Maryland’s families. Our staff provide one-to-one support to parents and caregivers of young people with mental health issues and to any loved one who cares for someone with a substance use or gambling issue. We also advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges. 


MCF has a full-time (40 hour/week) employment opportunities for a Family Peer Support Outreach Specialist to serve families in Baltimore City.  The candidate(s) must have personal experience as a primary caregiver of a youth/young adult or other loved one who has/had substance use challenges. After training and orientation, the Family Peer Support Outreach Specialist will provide education and information about MCF's Substance Use Family Navigation Program, including the benefits of family peer support to community-based partners, businesses and families, as well as provide information and referrals to families seeking assistance.  This position is pending being awarded the grant.


Substance Use Outreach Specialist Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain outreach plans to entities within Baltimore City, to raise awareness of the benefits of family peer support and meet the needs of families.
  • Create and provide presentations to any size group, which describes family navigation services, and the benefits of family peer support.
  • Identify and participate in community events, which support the awareness of substance use resources for families.
  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with agencies and providers of services related to substance use.
  • Provide education and support to family members or other loved ones on behalf of someone with substance use challenges to assist with negotiating their way through the social, legal, educational and health care systems.
  • Support families and other loved ones to fully understand their rights, educate them on laws, policies and procedures, and empower families and other loved ones to effectively articulate their concerns and needs.
  • Connect families engaged at community events to a Substance Use Family Peer Support Specialist.
  • Provide with outreach and education activities for the Good Samaritan Ambassador Program to increase awareness and understanding of the Good Samaritan Law, including conducting outreach to new families previously unconnected to MCF’s work.
  • Partner with other members of the MCF Peer Support team to create and maintain a centralized, updated directory of substance use and problem gambling resources, including support meetings, screening and referrals for treatment, education groups, volunteer training opportunities and other services designed to meet the needs of families and individuals.
  • Collaborate with other MCF staff to develop supportive and educational programs that empower families and loved ones.
  • Administrative duties to include maintaining client files, submitting required documentation, active participation in supervision and in MCF internal and external training opportunities. 
Substance Use Outreach Specialist Qualifications
  • Lived experience as a caregiver, other family member, or loved one of an individual with substance use challenges is required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Prior experience assisting other families and loved ones to obtain appropriate services and supports for their child and family members, or experience in supporting others with substance use challenges.
  • Knowledge of opioid use services and supports.
  • Familiarity with state and local resources and knowledge of how to access them.
  • Willingness and strong ability to build and maintain partnerships with agencies and providers.
  • Active listening skills for providing non-judgmental peer support and engagement to families.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience making group presentations.
  • Strongly prefer experience in sales or marketing.
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) and the ability to efficiently utilize internet search to identify resources.
  • Ability or willingness to learn how to use a database (Salesforce).
  • Current Maryland driver’s license and access to own vehicle; frequent in-state travel required.
  • Successful completion of a background check (required for all MCF employees). 



  • The position is full-time, 40 hours per week.
  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Salary commensurate with experience. Salary range $16-18 per hour.

To Apply for Family Peer Support Substance Use Outreach Specialist

To be considered for this position, apply on our website at www.mdcoalition.org.  You must submit (along with your resume) a cover letter describing your personal experience as the primary caregiver or loved one of an individual with substance use challenges. Please provide details regarding what services and resources you have used to support your loved one.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that mailed or faxed resumes will not be considered. No phone calls please. 


Maryland Coalition of Families is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  We are an     Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

Key words:  substance use, peer support, social work, counselor, human services, entry level, family support, personal experience, marketing, outreach

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