Employment Opportunity: Peer Policy Fellow
Posted: from May 20, 2020 until June 20, 2020
RecoveryPeople is a Texas-based, 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to support peer-led recovery by connecting people, communities and resources, building the capacity of the recovery workforce and support services, and shaping recovery policy and program development. The position is located in Austin, Texas.
With the support of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, RecoveryPeople is seeking a full-time Peer Policy Fellow. This is a 2-year grant-funded position, which starts July 1, 2020.
The Fellow reports to the Executive Director of RecoveryPeople and:
- Must be a Certified Peer Specialist or have equivalent training and certification
- Minimum 2 years of recent work experience or volunteer experience.
- Experience with recovery supportive housing and/or fair housing preferred
- Comfortable with learning by doing/experiencing and by listening/reading
- Commitment to the organizational mission and ideology in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of RecoveryPeople.
- Commitment to the goals of the Peer Policy Fellow program
- Willingness and ability to travel
- Personal vehicle with applicable insurance
- Cell phone to fulfill job responsibilities, such as being available off-hours, at meetings, during travel or other business purposes.
- Ability to lift boxes up to 30 pounds
Essential Position Function – Duties and Responsibilities
- Research best/emerging practices in mental health and substance use that advance policies priorities and strategies
- Analyze proposed state and federal legislation, rules, and regulations as the relate to the best practices and emerging trend fro impact on substance use and mental health in Texas
- Conduct research to prioritize policies and strategic implementation based on needs assessment and capacity
- Represent mental health perspective on committees and workgroups (both internal and external) and at stakeholder meetings
- Serve as a liaison to coalition partners that request research assistance related mental health
- Assist in the research and writing of fact sheets, issue briefs and other educational materials
- Curate new research, data, and studies and disseminated to staff as appropriate to keep them well informed, specifically on mental health issues and policy
- Facilitate community organizing, education and events
- Identify way to increase awareness of the connection between substance use and mental illness
- Assist with the development and leading presentations and trainings
- Provide grant writing support, as appropriate
- Testify before government bodies or assist in preparing testimony for others to do so
- Assist in collecting and compiling data for Recovery People publications and presentations
- Assist in planning presentation topics and procuring speakers (and other duties) for RecoveryPeople events
- Assist in media advocacy efforts — press conferences, preparation of press materials, editorial board visits, etc.
- Fluent with MS Office programs; Mac experience preferred
SALARY: Commensurate with experience
POSITION LOCATION: Austin, Texas
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please send cover letter, resume and two letters of reference to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Use “Hogg Peer Policy Fellow” in the subject line.
We believe in diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation and we actively seek out candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for roles in our organization.