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 people with mental health, substance use or gambling issues. We also advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges.
Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) has a full-time (40 hours per week) employment opportunity for a Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) to serve families in the state of Maryland. The candidate must have personal (not work related) experience as family member or loved one of an individual facing problem gambling challenges. After training and orientation, the Family Peer Support Specialist will provide family-to-family support, education, advocacy, coaching, information, referrals and follow-up to families seeking assistance.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide family peer support to loved ones of an individual facing problem gambling by: helping navigate social, legal, educational and health care systems and connecting them to support services.
- Facilitate a process for families to develop a plan to: clarify the problem(s); provide emotional support; identify needs and strengths; and identify resources including appropriate levels of services, entitlements, community resources and other natural supports.
- Assist families to build their own community-based support network and ensure that their goals are integrated into one unified plan as necessary.
- Facilitate families accessing supports and services by: sharing information about resources and supports; providing guidance in completing forms; supporting families to understand their rights; reviewing documents or reports with families; accompanying families to meetings; and educating families on laws, policies and procedures.
- Build and maintain strong partnerships with agencies and providers of services related to behavioral health and other systems.
- Facilitate training workshops in assigned region for families as assigned in contract deliverables.
- Administrative duties
- Personal (not work related) experience as a family member or loved one of an individual facing problem gambling challenges, is required.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- 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.
- Strong computer skills and the ability to efficiently utilize internet search to identify resources.
- Current Maryland driver’s license and access to own vehicle; some in-state travel required.
- Successful completion of a background check.
- 40 hours/week
- Monday - Friday days, with some flexibility
- Salary is $17.00 per hour with benefits package
To be considered for this position, apply on our website www.mdcoalition.org, by submitting your resume and a cover letter describing your interest in this position and relevant experience caring for a child, youth or adult with behavioral health challenges.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that mailed or faxed resumes will not be considered. No phone calls please.
In line with MCF’s commitment to building a talented and inclusive staff, women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 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.
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