Peer Victim Advocate Specialist

Gross Annual Salary: $36,000 plus benefits (health insurance, life, dental, retirement, etc.).

Thriving Mind South Florida is seeking two (2) Peer Victim Advocate Specialist to work under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant. These Non-designated positions are based on the length of the grant.

The Peer Victim Advocate Specialist works as a member of the Assertive Outreach Team as part of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant-funded Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) for violent crime victims. The primary responsibility of the Peer Specialist is to assist Assertive Outreach Teams with linkage to appropriate mental health treatment and supportive services for violent crime victims (and their families) presenting to local area Emergency Departments/Trauma Centers.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conducts telephone-based follow-up and provides support to victims of violent crime in Emergency Departments/Trauma Centers.
  • Assists violent crime victims as member of Assertive Outreach Team by facilitating referral to TRN Care Coordinators.
  • Effectively communicates and follows verbal and written directions, as part of the VOCA TRN Assertive Outreach Team.
  • Updates electronic record system on status of victim identification and engagement.
  • Provides rotating on-call coverage for after-hours calls as a member of Assertive Outreach Team.
  • Promotes and supports positive communication amongst peers and peers with staff.
  • Provides peer-to-peer educational guidance and other consumer-driven activities, including assisting violent crime victims and families with navigating social systems in the
  • Accompanies Social Workers on rounds in Emergency Departments/Trauma Centers, on occasion, when necessary, to identify and engage violent crime victims and refer to Care Coordinators for entry to the TRN Network.
  • Reports to TRN Program Director for supervision and
  • Actively participates in committees and meetings as assigned by TRN Program Director.
  • Performs other VOCA-related duties as needed or assigned by TRN Program Director.

Experience:

The successful candidate must have received, is receiving, or would have otherwise been eligible for trauma services from the adult children mental health and/or substance use provider network.

Survivors of crime and community leaders actively serving victims of crime are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals with lived experience or who are from underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Education:

High School diploma or equivalency.

Knowledge, Skill & Abilities:

This job requires a compassionate, dedicated individual with good interpersonal skills to support the goal of increasing access to mental health treatment and other supportive services. The individual must be able to provide first-person knowledge and his/her experience/stories of trauma recovery to infuse hope and self determination to violent crime victims and their families. The individual must be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the adults, youth, children, and families. Working hours must be flexible to accommodate work in the evening and/or weekend, if necessary. Must be able to effectively communicate and follow written directions, demonstrate effective organizational skills, and maintain effective relationships with co-workers and victims. Must fully embrace principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Physical Demands:

Job functions require lifting objects weighing 21 to 50 pounds. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Work Environment:

Working conditions related to the essential functions of the position, such as working indoors/outdoors, working with exposures to hazards, or any other condition necessary to ensure patient safety and/or completion of required tasks. Additional information will be provided by each hiring department.

NOTE: EMPLOYER IS OPEN TO HYBRID WORK MODELS. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS APPROACH HAS BEEN USED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. POSITION WILL BE BASED AT THRIVING MIND SOUTH FLORIDA’S ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE IN MIAMI, BUT EMPLOYER MAY ALLOW FLEXIBILITY TO PARTIALLY WORK REMOTELY FROM HOME. IN ADDITION TO HOURS COMPLETED IN-PERSON AT THRIVING MIND’S OFFICE AND/OR REMOTELY FROM HOME, SOME SERVICES MAY TAKE PLACE IN THE COMMUNITY (E.G., HOSPITAL). ACTIVE GRANT FUNDING SUPPORTS TWO (2) FTE (FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT) POSITIONS. EMPLOYER IS SEEKING TO FILL AVAILABLE OPENINGS BY HIRING EITHER TWO FULL-TIME POSITIONS OR MULTIPLE PART-TIME POSITIONS (25%, 50%, OR 75%).

How To Apply/Questions?

If you have questions on this position or would like to apply, email Julie Ortiz at jortiz@thrivingmind.orgĀ