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Peer Bridger (Ituha-Island County)

  • Expired: February 24, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.

Pay range for this position is:
$18.87 - $25.50 hourly depending on experience

If you are looking for employment with a purpose where you can help improve the daily lives of the members of your community, then consider a career with Pioneer Human Services!

We are currently looking for aPeer Bridger with a passion for human services. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with an organization focused on racial justice, second opportunities, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Who we are
We are a social enterprise that partners with communities to transform society by honoring the humanity of people, reducing the impact of discriminatory mass incarceration, and empowering people to live safe, healthy, productive lives through inspiration, affirmation, and by overturning barriers.

For over 50 years, we have proudly serviced our clients with professionalism and empathy. We are a nationally recognized non-profit with 50+ locations across Washington State that provides a chance for change to over 3,000 people on any given day.

What you'll do

The Peer Bridger program promotes recovery by engaging with clients and assisting in the establishment of secure community connections. The peer-client relationship and services will continue post-discharge. Peer Bridger works as an integral part of the FCS Supportive Services and Pioneer teams to provide trauma-informed, strengths-based services and support. The PeerBridgerfunctions as a role model through sharing their own lived experience with behavioral health challenges.


Client Services

  • Provides education, assistance and guidance in identifying and linking to community-based resources (primary care, mental health and or substance abuse treatment, housing, financial benefits, transportation, self-help groups, and relapse, etc.) for current and potential program participants
  • Regularly meets with program participants at the facility for initial engagement, relationship building, goal setting, and to provide support through and post-discharge
  • Builds supportive relationships with clients, emphasizing the development of trust, mutual respect, encouragement and emotional support through sharing lived experience as a person in recovery from behavioral health conditions
  • Promotes a sense of self-direction and self-advocacy
  • Helps program participants develop skills to facilitate and support trust-based relationships and engage/re-engage with family friends, and other social support networks
  • Helps the client identify and/or re-engage with family, friends, and other social support networks
  • Helps program participants develop and maintaining wellness plans for participants' medical issues in accordance with their treatment recommendations
  • Works collaboratively with clinical teams to provide the client with a peer perspective and understanding of the discharge process and the clinical team's recommendations
  • Leads and facilitates group support to clients (Recovery Group, WRAP, etc.)
  • Helps facilitate a "warm hand-off" to a community behavioral health provider, including sitting in on intake appointments (if requested by the client), helping the client to connect to peer support and other ancillary support services offered by the agency such as housing, employment, etc.
  • Helps program participants plan how they will successfully manage their life in the community
  • Recognizes, respects, and maintains professional boundaries with clients


  • Manages a caseload of 6 to 12 participants
  • Completes all documentation requirements, including data logs, clinical notes, etc., in a timely and accurate manner
  • Completes billing documentation in accordance with RCW standards

Communication and Teamwork

  • Must be available to perform the essential functions of this job whenever scheduled to work
  • Attends shift/staff meetings and actively participates in planning, coordination and communication of quality professional services
  • Utilizes critical thinking and judgment to identify the most appropriate client support
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and correspondence
  • Promotes and models teamwork and collaboration with coworkers and clients

Quality Assurance

  • Maintains quality of care consistent with or exceeding standards set by federal, state, local, internal, and contract requirements
  • Assists in the development of treatment methodologies and educational offerings in accordance with client needs as determined by program leadership
  • Adheres to professional and ethical standards for behavioral health services
  • Collects client and program data as needed
  • Completes file audits to ensure accuracy and quality of documentation and services

Clinical Training and Development

  • Actively participates in agency supervision to improve upon relevant evidence-based practices
  • Obtains additional training required by applicable WACs and in accordance with annual training plan
  • Participates in monthly, state-sponsored Peer Bridger conference calls and meetings as required
  • Becomes CPR & First Aid certified within 90 days of hire (or as soon as possible) and maintains throughout employment

Perform other related duties as assigned.

What you'll bring

Any equivalent combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities is acceptable.

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Must apply to become an Agency Affiliated Counselor within 7 days of employment. "Agency affiliated counselor" means a person registered under chapter 18.19.210 RCW, who is engaged in counseling and employed by an agency listed in WAC 246-810-016 or an agency recognized under WAC 246-810-017 to provide a specific counseling service or services.
  • Must be approved by Washington state HCA to bill for services
  • Lived experience of substance use recovery and the willingness to share their own experiences
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Valid Washington driver's license or the ability to travel via public transportation
  • Ability to meet timely documentation requirements
  • Ability to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner as a team member with staff and program individuals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • General office and computer experience
  • Washington Certified Peer Specialist with at least two years' experience working as a peer

Preferably you'll bring

  • Ability and experience working with people from diverse cultures
  • Experience with state substance use residential treatment facility services
  • Ability to form trusting and reciprocal relationships

What we offer

Competitive industry compensation and a generous benefits plan that includes:

  • Employees regularly scheduled to work 24 hours or more a week are eligible to enroll in medical, dental, and flexible spending accounts the first of the month following date of hire.
  • Full-time employees regularly scheduled for 30 hours per week or more are eligible for additional benefits, including life, AD&D, and disability coverage beginning the first of the month after 30 days of full-time employment.
  • Childcare discounts through Kinside. Dependent Daycare flexible spending.
  • Tuition assistance program: Pioneer pays 100% of a bachelor's degree tuition and 50% for graduate programs. Available for full-time status employees after 3 months of employment.
  • Retirement plan: Pioneer contributes 3.5% of an employee's annual compensation into retirement plans. An additional 3.5% match is offered to those who contribute 6% on their own.
  • Employee recognition programs: gift cards, additional time off, weekend getaways and more.
  • Public transportation discount.
  • Employee assistance program (EAP).


Pioneer human services is an equal opportunity employer of minorities/women/individuals with disabilities/protected veterans and does not unlawfully discriminate under federal, state, or local laws.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. EEO is the law posterEEO is the law poster supplement

Pioneer Human Services is a Drug-Free Company

In addition to pre-employment drug screening, Pioneer reserves the right to conduct random sample alcohol or drug testing of all employees. Please note that our drug-free policy includes marijuana, and there are no exceptions for those with medical marijuana prescriptions.

Vaccine Mandates

Pursuant to Proclamations issued by Washington's Governor and company policy, all new employees who start on or after October 18, 2021, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and supply proof of vaccination status prior to commencing work as a condition of employment, unless the employee is entitled to an accommodation for disability-related or religious reasons or is otherwise exempt under applicable federal, state, or local law. If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at

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